The Modern Sneaker Sole of 2020

This season, when it comes to sneakerstransparent air bubble-infused soles are the latest hype. Transparency as a striking design detail has been trending now for a while but this year various fashion designers have been experimenting with the modern sole, releasing their own footwear renditions featuring trend, along with Nike who kickstarted the movement with its iconic Air Max silhouettes.

Air Max 98 mesh and faux leather sneakers by Nike (50% off)

Personally speaking, I find Alexander McQueen‘s version the most appealing. The brand has released different silhouettes featuring the «bounce» sole in many versatile color combinations – the minimal silhouette with this bold detailing looks fabulous.

Leather exaggerated-sole sneakers by Alexander McQueen

Below are other sneakers models you might like as well, enjoy and happy weekend!

LoL, Sandra


iconTriple S Clear Sole logo-embroidered leather, nubuck and mesh sneakersicon by Balenciaga

Diamond metallic leather sneakers by Jimmy Choo (40% off)


iconValentino Garavani Bounce logo-print leather and mesh sneakericon by Valentino (30% off)

Bump Air faux leather, mesh and neoprene sneakers by Shoes 53045
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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Splurge vs. Steal: Party Dresses

Holiday season is over but we all want the party never to stop. Depending on your budget, here are really amazing pieces to include some iconic classics as well as some new trends into your wardrobe. Decide for yourself if you want to go splurge or steal.

LoL, Sandra

Inject your wardrobe with this season’s must-have hue and shop one these cocktail dresses, both with a deep V-neck, front closure and in a deep emerald hue.

Splurge (left): Iconic Karolina crystal velvet mini dress by The Attico (my favorite! – the cut and the embellishments are divine, good news is that it is marked 40% off)
Steal (right): Isabella floral-jacquard mini dress by Rat & Boa

The perfect artsy dress for your next art gallery opening or museum reception, sophisticated and stylish in one.

Splurge (left): Lovers-print silk-georgette dress by Valentino (marked off 40%)
iconSteal (right): Statue-print dress by Zara (marked off 65%)
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Polka-dot prints were making waves on the S/S 2020 runways. Get ahead of the style game and order your gown for your next black tie gala.

Splurge (left): Tiered polka-dot organza gown by Carolina Herrera
iconSteal (right): Antonia polka-dot off-the-shoulder dress by Rat & Boa

Animal prints have become a fix wardrobe staple with leopard leading the way. Go for the iconic Dolce print if your budget allows it.

Splurge (left): Leopard-print silk-blend midi dress by Dolce & Gabbana (the original one is now marked down 40%)
iconSteal (right): Ruched leopard-print stretch-mesh mini dress by Ganni

The LBD is always a great alternative for party dressing. Trending now are cuts that play off the traditional elements of a tailored blazer such as pockets and embellished buttons.

Splurge (left): Double-breasted wool blazer dress by Balmain
iconSteal (right): Dress with jewel buttons by Zara (marked off 40%)
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Stills: Courtesy of the Brands, Collages: © Sandra Bauknecht
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My Look: Merry Dolce Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you – may pace, love and laughter surround you all this holiday season. Needless to say, I wish you the most fashionable festivity ever. I am wearing a head to toe Dolce & Gabbana look because Christmas is too sparkly, said no one ever.

My look: Tulle bustier top, flounce skirt in tulle, Christmas ornament sandals, Christmas tree earrings, all by Dolce & Gabbana and vintage bow clutch with red sequins by Valentino.

The photos were taken at the beautiful The Dolder Grand in Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © David Biedert Photography
#doldermoments

Timeless: Black Dresses With White Collars

Recently a dear friend asked me where to find the perfect classic black dress with a prim white collar that adds a nice contrast. The timeless look of this fashion favorite makes this a much-sought-after women’s choice for any occasion. Today, I put together a great selection with some pieces being amazingly marked down. Don’t forget – when you click on the link (highlighted description of each item) – to enter the special discount code at the end of your order.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Crystal-embellished slit-front dress by Alessandra Rich (MY FAVORITE)
(30% off and today an extra 10% off with code EXTRA10)
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Faux pearl-collar wool-blend mini dress by Sara Battaglia
(40% off and today an extra 10% off with code EXTRA10)

Sequinned wool and silk-blend mini dress by Valentino
(50% off and today an extra 10% off with code EXTRA10)

iconEmbellished velvet-appliquéd cady mini dress by REDVALENTINO
(30% off)

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Contrasting collar sleeveless dress by REDVALENTINO
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Contrast collar mini dress by Miu Miu

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Lace collar sweater dress by Ermanno Scervino
(30% off and today an extra 35% off with code 35FF)


iconContrasting collar and bow dress by REDVALENTINO
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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Unchained

In order to prepare for the future, you need to unchain yourself from the strictures of the past. Let the past help and inform you; just don’t let it hold you back. Take control of your world to get your smile back. In terms of fashion, opt for different looks, mix and be creative until you find your match. As Sir Richard Branson once said: «You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.» For this outfit, I unchained myself from the rules and mixed and matched in all ways possible and I love the unexpected outcome.

My look: Eiderdown coat, and Viola floral-printed silk dressicon, both by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Le Chiquito mini leather tote by JacquemusiconStudwrap leather pumpsicon by Valentino, leather bandana, leather belt, and hoop earrings, all by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Pantone Color of the Year 2020

PANTONE has declared its Color of the Year for 2020 to be Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052. So it’s time to blue something as we’re all about to be incredibly blue. The high court of color has chosen a shade which is probably the truest of blue. The closest description might be cobalt or royal blue, but it’s a little calmer than that, not as bold. Yves Klein Blue or Yves Saint Laurent would have surely loved this anti-anxiety hue.

Dry pigment and synthetic resin on paper mounted on canvas 62 x 111 1/2 inch
Centre Georges Pompidou – Musée national d’art moderne, Paris, France
© The Estate of Yves Klein c/o ADAGP, Paris

«Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not. They are psychological spaces; red, for example, presupposing a hearth releasing heat. All colors bring forth specific associative ideas, tangible or psychological, while blue suggests, at most, the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual nature what is most abstract.» – Yves Klein, Lecture at la Sorbonne, June 3rd 1959, Paris

This artwork is showcasing the «true blue» pigment in perfection: the 17th-century painting The Virgin in Prayer by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato.

Another great example in the art world is by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. His famous work from 1665, Girl with a Pearl Earring,  shows classic blue as the only bold burst of colour – in the form of a headscarf – among beiges, browns and a dark background.

You might be asking yourself, how did PANTONE land on this color? The color authority looks at trend forecasts, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, political views, media, street art, travel destinations, new technologies, and new textures — to name just a few of the categories they consider. Then it’s time to narrow it down to a color family, in this case it was a blue mood, «a reassuring presence instilling calm, confidence and connection».

This enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, it re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.

On the S/S 2020 runways, Classic Blue was omnipresent in all sorts of variations. As we all know, there is not «one» blue. In the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly, gives a detailed speech about the varying shades of the colour blue, after Anne Hathaway’s Andy Sachs laughably questions how they could be distinguishable.

«… what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean

This year marks the first time Pantone has introduced a multisensory approach to its Colour of the Year, partnering with several brands to showcase the taste, texture, scent and sound of Classic Blue.

Below you can shop some beautiful pieces in the Color of the Year 2020 –  time to get ahead of the fashion game. Just click on the highlighted text to be transferred directly.

LoL, Sandra

The Rockstud Spike medium quilted leather shoulder bag in Classic Blue by Valentino

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Two-tone patent-leather sandals in Classic Blue by Miu Miu


iconViola cropped embellished chiffon jacket by Jenny Packham

iconQuilted shell down jacket by Moncler

Intarsia wool cardigan by Gucci
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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, Artists, and via NY Post

My Look: Halloween

Here is my Halloween outfit this year with pieces from Moschino‘s beautiful and fun Cruise 2020 collection. The perfect designer clothing during the spooky season.

My look: Sequined jersey mini dressicon, pumpkin bag in gold, witch broom earrings, and «This Is Not a Witch Hat» hat, all by Moschino, silk-blend turtleneck sweater
iconby Joseph and Rockstud leather-trimmed suede knee boots iconby Valentino.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Golden Fall

Gold leaves in autumn, on a beautiful fall sunny day in Austria – during my stay at Vivamayr Maria Wörth, I went on several walks and explored the area nearby. Right next to the deluxe detox destination is the famous Gothic pilgrimage church dedicated to the Virgin Mary on the highest plateau of the island. It was built as early as around 875 and is one of the loveliest pearls of the landscape in the garland of Carinthian beauty, with the neighbouring Winterkirche beneath it.

After a week in sweatpants, I felt like dressing up. Isn’t it amazing how one brooch and a corset belt can change a black dress completely?!

My look: Wool-blend long sleeve dress by Alaïa, velvet and leather-trimmed Prince of Wales checked wool-blend corset belticon by Miu Miu, Studwrap leather pumps
icon by Valentino, waist bag with chains and pearls and logo pearl brooch, both by Chanelicon.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Shopping Paradise: Outletcity Metzingen

In the end of last month, when I attended the opening of the BOSS flagship outlet (for the previous post, please click here), I told you already a little bit about the OUTLETCITY METZINGEN in Germany, located close to the city of Stuttgart. High end brands such as BreitlingBurberry, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Valentino, Missoni and soon also Moschino and Alberta Ferretti can be found here alongside many others for a great price. Personally speaking, some of the stores look better and are bigger than in Zurich…

Just opened on September 26, 2019: Fendi at OULETCITY METZINGEN.

Superlative is the magic word when you want to talk about this shopping village that stands for one thing above all else: the exciting combination of supposed contrasts. If you appreciate unusual and exclusive shopping experiences for a great budget, this will be your new shopping destination. At OUTLETCITY METZINGEN, you can immerse yourself in a world of exclusive brands in an authentic inner-city atmosphere within award-winning architecture and take advantage of discounts of up to 70% all year round. Whether you want high fashion or outdoor clothing, exclusive It-pieces or just the thing for the whole family, the outlet’s wide range of premium and luxury brands makes it easy for you to find exactly what you need.

Award-winning architecture at OULETCITY METZINGEN makes you feel visiting an amazing US mall.

This weekend would be a great opportunity to visit one of Europe’s most popular outlets as OUTLETCITY METZINGEN is celebrating in a big way on October 11 and 12, 2019. The so-called FASHION CITY EVENT offers special highlights, great promotions, shopping on Friday until midnight and the start of the outlet’s own club for customers. The different celebrations seek inspiration from shopping metropoles such New York, Paris, Milan or Shanghai. Sightseeing from a new perspective – all dedicated to fashion – and for a great budget! Enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

Inside the Gucci outlet store.

Inside the new Valentino outlet store.

Don’t miss the gigantic Prada outlet store on two levels.

Welcome to Jimmy Choo at OULETCITY METZINGEN.

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

The Game Changer: The Cape

Capes appeared on the fashion radar last year in full force, when an array of designers put their high-fashion spin on this classic cover-up. Personally speaking, I have been a fan of capes since forever because they are the perfect pieces to wear over voluminous shoulders, big sleeves or embellishments. The trend is thankfully still going strong and giving us good incentive to go hands-free when we wrap up this season. My advice, opt for a statement piece that will make heads turn. It can be inspired by the current ’70s bourgeoisie trend, come with a military vibe, be vibrant or knitted. Here are my favorite ones available with the power to elevate even the plainest of outfits.

LoL, Sandra

Eureka double-breasted camel hair cape by Max Mara
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Pleated cashmere cape by Loewe

Asymmetric leather cape by Saint Laurent
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Two-tone wool-blend cape by Chloé


iconButton-embellished double-breasted wool and cashmere-blend cape by Balmain

iconReversible wool and silk-blend cape by Gucci


iconDouble-breasted scalloped houndstooth wool-blend bouclé cape by REDValentino


iconLong single-breasted wool cape by Prada
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Leather-trimmed wool-blend cape by Burberry

Organza-trimmed wool and silk-blend crepe cape by Valentino

Wool-blend cape by Valentino
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iconEmbellished silk-crepe capeicon by Givenchy

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands