My Look: Roma

Rome or Roma as the locals call their home, the Eternal City, with its unique and fascinating history, its thousand churches, palaces and fountains; Rome, where behind every corner and building lies a secret to be discovered, a legend to be told, history to be revealed, is also home to many famous fashion brands.

The country’s contribution to fashion is vast and its capital is no exception. Many designers come from Rome, such as Elsa Schiapparelli who was born there in 1890, Giambattista Valli, and of course the famous houses of Fendi and Valentino, along the jewelry brand Bulgari. Valentino will present his next F/W 2022 Couture show on July 8 in Piazza Mignanelli, home to the company’s storied headquarters, and a stone’s throw away from the Spanish Steps.

The Italian obsession with looking good is nothing new. It is contagious. So I photographed this fun summer look from the Versace S/S 2021 runway in front of the famous Colosseum, the largest standing amphitheatre in the world, that began to be built under between 72 and 80 AD.

My look: Ruffled embellished cady and plissé mini dress, padded-shoulder denim jacket in blue,icon Trésor de la Mer gold-tone crystal chokericon, Trésor de la Mer gold-tone crystal braceleticon, and Trésor de la Mer gold-tone crystal earrings, all by Versace, black calf leather lace up Janis pumps by Saint LaurentRoyal Oak 37mm 18-karat frosted rose gold watch by Audemars Piguet, and waist bag with chains and pearls, all by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Daydream Studio
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Trending S/S 2022: The Black Cutout Swimsuit

A cutout swimsuit may be a straight-up no-no for some, with very bizarre tan lines being too much of a risk, but given that cutouts are a major S/S 2022 fashion trend this year, you might want to change your mind. This season, they are absolutely trending, preferably in black. Below you can find my absolute favorites. Just click on the highlighted text to be transferred directly.

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Cutout crochet-paneled swimsuiticon by PATBO

Cutout swimsuiticon by Alaïa

Crystal-embellished cutout stretch-nylon swimsuit by Dolce & Gabbana
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Cutout embellished halterneck swimsuiticon by Magda Butrym

Wilona crystal-embellished cutout swimsuiticon by Agent Provocateur

Cutout halterneck swimsuiticon by Norma Kamali

Maddy cutout stretch-ECONYL halterneck swimsuiticon by Mara Hoffmann

Cutout halterneck swimsuit by Christopher Esber

One-shoulder cutout swimsuiticon by Versace

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht
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Fendace

What happened when Donatella Versace and Kim Jones switched roles?
Versace by Fendi and Fendi by Versace, two iconic collections that celebrate their friendship and the cultural impact of Versace and Fendi. For Pre-fall 2022, the two houses joined forces and created FENDACE, for women and men.

The show took place in the courtyard of the Versace family palazzo on Via Gesu in September last year. What went down is that Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi of Fendi (first part of the show) and Donatella Versace of Versace (second part of the show) swapped houses  for one night only to design 25 looks for their erstwhile rivals. Relive the surprise unveiling from Milan and shop the designs from May 12, 2022.

Fendi by Versace on the Versace website and Versace by Fendi on the Fendi website.

Below you can explore my favorite looks. I personally find Donatella’s take stronger than the one by Kim and Silvia.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Versace / Fendi
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Logo Necklaces

Requiring meticulous work and delicate craftsmanship, those logo necklaces and pendants enhance the neckline and show your love for the respective designer. They complete your outfit on a refined final note.

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Logo necklace with pearl by Miu Miu

Embellished-logo necklace by Lanvin

Color Signs cord and gold-tone necklaceicon by Valentino

Typo Valentine logo necklace by Balenciaga

Triangle logo necklace by Prada

Gold-tone crystal necklace by Gucci

Logo-plaque necklace by Versace

Long logo necklace by Louis Vuitton

Logo lettering necklace by Moschino

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Shop the S/S 2022 Shoe Trends

To get ahead of the fashion game, I prepared a list of must-have shoes that are inspired from the S/S 2022 shoe runway trend report. Just click on the highlighted text to be transferred directly to the respective online shop. Don’t forget, Cinderella is proof, that one shoe can change your life...

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FLATS
Lilli grosgrain-trimmed recycled neoprene platform sandals by Chloé

GLADIATOR
iconRockstud No Limit leather sandals by Valentino

OPEN LACE
Moonlight ankle bootsicon by Louis Vuitton

OVERKNEES
G-Clog leather over-the-knee boots by Givenchy

PLATFORM
iconBelle glittered-leather platform sandalsicon by D’Accori

POINTY
Pointy pink high heels by Versace

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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Designer Vases

Whether as a showcase for flowers, or a stunning centrepiece all on its own, look no further than below for the finest array of designer vases. This edit boasts beautiful vases for your home from premium luxury fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Versace. Below you’ll find classic designs, fashionable styles and chic modern variations of designer vases that are sure to look the part in any home.

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Porcelain Noé BB bag vase by Louis Vuitton

Medusa head vase by Versace

Colombo bubble vase by La DoubleJ

Cycladic ceramic pottery vase by THEMIS Z
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Joe Brainard marquetry leather vaseicon by Loewe

Snake vase by Gucci

Small vase in matte white with faux pearls by Completedworks

Ceramic vase by Brunello Cucinelli
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Serpentis ceramic vaseicon by House of Hackney

Gilded gala vase by Jonathan Adler

Nodaleto shoe vase by Anissa Kermiche

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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My Look: Miu Miu Girl

One of my favorite S/S 2022 collections is Miu Miu. There were plenty of sexy-looking clothes on the runway this season: low-rise micro-miniskirts and ultra-cropped tops give all the attention to the midriff. It felt different and new, a welcome distraction from the looks we wore during the pandemic. Here you see me wearing this fun outfit on the streets of Paris during Fashion Week.

My look: Camel-hair blouson crop jacket, and matching camel-hair miniskirt, jersey panty with logo, both by Miu MiuAlcove mini leather tote by Valentino, EverDior oversized square metal sunglasses by Dior, and La Medusa platform boots
icon by Versace.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht / Nadia Krawiecka
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My Look: Snow Leopard

At the moment, we have the most beautiful sunny weather here in Gstaad. So I sported for the first time some of my new pieces in the beige multicolor leopard Mizza motif from the DiorAlps capsule collection. The hooded down jacket is crafted in quilted technical fabric and is ideal for skiing. It has a windproof membrane, interior cuffs and numerous pockets, including one for a ski pass. I coordinated the look with the matching jumpsuit when I had lunch on the terrace of the Gstaad Palace.

My look: Hooded down jacketstretch jumpsuit, ski gloves, and book tote, all by Diorleather platform ankle bootsicon by Versace, vintage mink Monogram earmuffs in brownLV Link square sunglasses by Louis Vuitton, and pearl necklace by CHANEL.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht
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Fashion Wants You To Play

In times of quarantine and lockdowns, during holiday season or just for fun, board games  are always a welcome distraction of the day. If you have a fellow fashionista friend, this could be a great gift idea. Board games have been rendered in a variety of shapes and materials by several fashion houses, from luxe crystal-embellishments to sturdy wood. I have gathered some of the most beautifully designed chess sets and game boards that are sure to delight everyone from game novices to Kasparov-level players.

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Lambskin, resin and silver metal, black and ecru checkers set by CHANEL (Métiers d’Art 2021 Le Château des Dames) (FYI, the Zurich store has one set left)

Chess set by Prada

Acrylic chess set by Jonathan Adler

Horsecut chest game by Hermès

Crystal-embellished Dominoes game by Rosantica

K/Ikonik monogram card game by Karl Lagerfeld

Barocco Medusa puzzle game by Versace

Decorative backgammon set by L’Objet

Nudes tournament size backgammon set by Alexandra Llewellyn

Helios mahjong set by Hermès

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands and © Sandra Bauknecht
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Met Gala 2021

The Met Gala is typically held on the first Monday in May, but this year, the event was postponed due to COVID-19 and falls right in the middle of fashion month. As Iris Apfel once said: «When we were small children, we all played dress-up and everybody had a good time, so why stop?». This is how Met Gala is for me, a huge party for everyone who loves to dress up and has never stop to indulge in fashion.

Ensemble, Christopher John Rogers (American, born 1993), F/W 2020; Courtesy Christopher John Rogers. Photo: HAPPYMONDAY / Courtesy of the Costume Institute

Also referred to as «fashion’s biggest night out,» the Met Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This year, the Costume Institute will host its first two-part exhibition, on the theme of American fashion, during 2021 and 2022. Part one, «In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,» will open in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021, and will remain on display when «In America: An Anthology of Fashion,» opens on May 5, 2022 in the period rooms of the American Wing. Both shows will run through September 5, 2022.

Below, you will find my personal selection of outfits, that I loved or didn’t like and hope you will enjoy it.

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Fashion that makes us dream – my favorite look of the gala: Iman in Harris Reed

Cracking the codes: Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga

Rihanna in Balenciaga Couture and Maria Tash jewelry and A$AP Rocky in ERL

Wild West: Jennifer Lopez in Ralph Lauren

Fitting the American theme of the upcoming exhibitions perfectly: Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams in CHANEL

Sporting the American flag: Debbie Harry in and with Zac Posen

Trio infernal with an American «Statue of Liberty» touch: Sienna Miller in Gucci, Hamish Bowles in Thom Browne, and Emily Blunt in Miu Miu

Feathers were also a trending theme: Serena Williams in Gucci

One of my favorites last night: Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent

And another one of my favorite looks: Kendall Jenner in Givenchy

Julia Garner in Stella McCartney

Hailee Steinfeld in Iris Van Herpen

Donatella Versace in Versace

Whoopi Goldberg, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Carey Mulligan in Valentino

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello in Michael Kors Collection

Literally eye-catching: Hunter Schafer in Prada

Gigi Hadid in Prada

A great look, but somehow not for her: Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung and Jimmy Choo shoes

Beautiful: Emily Ratajkowski in Vera Wang

Mmh… definitely not my favorite look: Vera Wang in Vera Wang

Playing dress-up: Erykah Badu in Thom Browne

Making a statement: Cara Delevingne in Christian Dior

Flowers were a huge theme: Lili Reinhart in Christian Siriano

LOVE: Irina Shayk in Moschino

YouTuber Nikkie Tutorials (Nikkie de Jager), who came out as transgender last year, paid homage to activist and drag queen Marsha P. Johnson with this «pay it no mind» sash.

Anna Wintour wore a floral Oscar de la Renta gown.

Stunning in Oscar de la RentaKarlie Kloss and designer Wes Gordon

Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta. Her bombshell gown symbolizes her activism for animal rights. According to The New York Times, she agreed to work with Oscar de la Renta on the condition that the designers would no longer use fur in their pieces.

Dan Levy in Loewe

Designer Virgil Abloh in Off-White

And here comes the golden king in his amazing outfit that revealed different layers: Lil Nas X in Versace

Photos: via Vogue.com