The Retro One-Piece Swimsuit Is Back

The retro one-piece swimsuit feels so right again. Better than ever, those new offerings are really fun, and could double as bodysuits. You can style them with pants or tailored jackets to the office or with hot pants to the next festival.

In the end, they will accompany us through the summer, reminding us of beaches we’ve lain on, and boats we’ve jumped off. Enjoy and channel your own Baywatch moment.

LoL, Sandra

One-shoulder ruffled printed swimsuit by Johanna Ortiz

Wrap-effect button-embellished printed swimsuit by Balmain

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Printed swimsuit by Gucciicon

Lacy swimsuit by Cynthia Rowley

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Amari Swiss-dot tulle-paneled ruffled swimsuit by Zimmermann
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Old Smoky Moonshine embellished cutout swimsuit by Johanna Ortiz

Scared Heart print swimsuit by Dolce & Gabbana
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Printed swimsuit by Balmain
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Printed swimsuit by Fendi


iconLeopard-print swimsuit by Dolce & Gabbana

Sparkling swimsuit with zebra print by Gucci

Mare striped sequined swimsuit by Missoni
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Dakotta slashed swimsuit by Agent Provocateur
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One-shoulder button-embellished cutout swimsuit by Balmain
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Printed swimsuit by Versace

Ruffled swimsuit by Emilio Pucci


iconAllia floral print swimsuit by Zimmermann

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands
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My Look: An Evening with Ballet

On Thursday I flew to London as guest of UBS to watch the UK premiere of «The Mother», a powerful narrative dance production based on Hans Christian Andersen‘s dark tale, choreographed by Arthur Pita and starring super ballerina Natalia Osipova, principal of the Royal Ballet, alongside multi-award winning dancer Jonathan Goddard, that was accompanied by an amazing original live music performance.

My look: Tempest ballet dress by Zimmermann, vintage shocking pink quilted heart-shaped vanity case and key necklace, both by Chanelicon, bow-embellished patent-leather pumps by Saint Laurent and  Limelight Gala watch by Piaget.

With my lovely host Gabriel Cohen, UBS Wealth Management, …

… and with primaballerina Natalia Osipova at the gala dinner.

After the ballet, I was invited by UBS to join the gala dinner at Skylon restaurant in the presence of the two dance superstars. A true pleasure to meet those outstanding talents in person, especially for me as I used to dance ballet professionally when I was younger.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Mother’s Day: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Happy Mother’s Day to all mums out there. If you have a girl like me, you should have a look at all this “Mini Me” fashion below. How cute is it when mum and daughter wear the same outfit… wished my little girl was still that small…

LoL, Sandra

Left: Fringed cashmere-jacquard cardigan by Alanui
Right: Ages 4 – 12 fringed cashmere-jacquard cardigan by Alanui Kids

Left: Hot In The Shade printed cotton-blend jersey tankicon by Paradised
Right: Neon printed cotton-jersey T-shirticon by Paradised Kids

Left: Embroidered striped cotton kaftan by Pippa Holt
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iconLeft: Ruffled printed silk mini dress by Chloé
Right: Ages 6 – 12 printed silk crepe de chine dress by Chloé Kids

Left: Embroidered cashmere sweater by Lingua Franca
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Left: Honour stripe-trimmed floral-print triangle bikini topicon and Honour stripe-trimmed floral-print bikini briefsicon by Zimmermann
Right: Honour floral-print bikini iconby Zimmermann Kids

Left: Chiara embroidered satin sandals by Sophia Webster
iconRight: Size 21 – 26 Chiara glittered suede and patent-leather ballet flatsicon by Sophia Webster Kids

Left: Superstar leather-trimmed glittered distressed suede sneakersicon by Golden Goose
Right: Size 28 – 35 Superstar glittered distressed suede and metallic leather sneakers by Golden Goose Kids
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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

My Look: Find Me in Milan

Last week, you could find me in Milan for the launch of ACQUA DI PARMA‘s new home collection. The beautiful event location was next to Arco della Pace, a triumphal arch in the Sempione Park. I will tell you more about the Italian brand’s new scented candles and diffusers, that bring a touch of Italy to your home, next week in detail due to the embargo date. In the meantime, I invite you to enjoy some impressions of the night.

My look: Vintage embellished cropped wool jacket by Prada, Unbridled Tempest asymmetric cutout floral-print silk-blend dress iconby Zimmermann, Nina leather tote in cognac by Gabriela Hearstleather platform pumps by Gucci, and earrings by Miu Miu.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

Happy Swiss National Day and Swiss Dot

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Today, is August 1st, Swiss National Day. It has been an official national holiday since 1994, although the day had been suggested for the celebration of the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy as early as 1889. This day was chosen because August 1st 1291 was the date on which three Alpine cantons swore the oath of confederation, an act which later came to be regarded as the foundation of Switzerland.

I have been living in Switzerland now for over eleven years and I feel absolutely at home. I love the mountains, the lake of Zurich, the people, the food and of course the Swiss textiles which are famous around the world. Therefore I thought that I dedicate today to the «Swiss Dots».

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«Dotted Swiss», also known as «Swiss Dot», is a sheer cotton fabric that is embellished with small dots. The dots can be applied in a number of different ways and colors. The design is said to have originated around 1750 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, which emerged as a textile center in the 15th century.

I love this fabric especially in white on long maxi dresses. In combination with red accessories, it  can take you everywhere from weekend brunch to evening events.

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First collage:
1 Holzer lace-paneled fil coupé silk-voile maxi dressicon by Temperley London (30% off)
2 Belle Web Swiss-dot and lace silk top by Zimmermann
The Rockstud leather pouch by Valentino

Second collage:
4 The Garden Swiss-dot cotton maxi dressicon by The Great (50% off)
5 Belle Swiss-dot and lace silk midi dress by Zimmermann
6 Swiss dot tulle-paneled cable-knit sweatericon by REDValentino
Ren cutout suede sandals by Jimmy Choo
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My absolute favorite of all:
Good Times lace-paneled Swiss-dot silk-georgette maxi dressicon by Zimmermann

To all my Swiss readers: Happy National Day!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via ZSG

Guide to Your New Season Wardrobe

Hello BeachSummer is on its way and it’s set to be the most sensational yet. Today, I would like to spotlight the definitive trends, hot new designers and must-have pieces for your new season wardrobe.

Day to NightKick-start with a high-voltage dress by Diane von Furstenberg. Maxi lengths are a laid-back way to work shimmering sequins for day – finish with Musa‘s decorative sandals. After dark, look to master craftsman Vineet Bahl, the upcoming Indian designer. His beautifully embellished gowns are perfect for sultry nights.

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Next up, Diane von Furstenberg‘s icongraphic summer collection ticks two trends in one – power prints and ladylike cuts. Whether you go for a demure knee-length dress or pair up your prints in a contrasting top and skirt, channel the runway girls and keep hair and makeup fuss free.

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When it comes to accessories, have fun and experiment. Do the bold shoulder with Christian Louboutin’s Artemis bag icon– the editors’ favorite and this year’s must-have.

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Victoria Beckham

And don’t forget to update your sunglasses. Victoria Beckhamicon‘s oversized frames will lend a fashion-forward edge to any outfit.

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This season’s style rule for jewelry? More is more. Hervé van der Straetenicon is the new need-to-know name. The Parisian jeweler’s sculptural gold cuffs are the perfect partner to neutral tailoring. Semi-precious stones also take a starring role: Rosantica’s lapis lazuli collar necklace iconor Erickson Beamon’s colour-pop pieces iconwill instantly dress up a simple tee and blazer.

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Dive into swimwear in the latest ready-to-wear one-piece – it’s not just for the beach! Be inspired by the Peter Pilotto runway and choose a sporty style for day, finished with a dramatic full skirt iconand heels.

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Or perfect your poolside pose in bloom-adorned swimsuit iconby Australian label Zimmermann.

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Tara Matthews

As the sun sets, switch effortlessly from pool to bar in Tara Matthews’ stylish cover-up, exclusive to NET-A-PORTER.

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Complete the look with candy-striped wedges by Spanish shoe label Paloma Barcelò.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Don’t Cut Yourself Out!

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Me wearing the cutout dress by Gucci

Me wearing the cutout dress by Gucci

 

Me wearing Alexander McQueen

Me wearing Alexander McQueen

This summer, there was no body part safe from the cutout trend. If you think too trashy for you, you will be most likely mistaken. Strategically placed bare spots are glamourous and taking sexy to the next level without being vulgar. Revealing the right amount of skin can be much more sizzling than seeing it all. It is like playing hide and seek.

As the S/S 2010 season is coming to an end fashionwise, I truly recommend getting a cutout or cobwebby knitted dress now. The Gucci version has the must-have tribal print for summer but will not be a classic because of that.
Please find below my pre-selection of the best pieces on sale, available at Browns and Net-à-porter.

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Trust me, it will be a good investment. The trend is going to stay for F/W 2010. The only obvious change is that the cutout styles are a little more subtle and smaller which is probably better for the cold winter months. Please see for yourself:

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Play discreetly peekaboo and believe me heads will be turning your direction!

LoL, Sandra

The Green Mile

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Green comes in all shades this summer. Due to the military trend on the runways, camouflage prints and olive colours are among the must-haves. In addition floral patterns were seen everywhere along with soft pastel peppermint tones. Here are some of my suggestions to get the look right. Start mixing different shades and add some flower accessories like the cute Vivienne Westwood bag or Oscar de la Renta headband above.

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A great entrance makes the combination of camouflage and animal print. A military jacket like Balmain’s stunning interpretation here is the absolute It-piece this season along with Stella McCartney‘s camouflage print dress.

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Mint green is always lovely in union with different water colours like turquoise for example. Do the unexpected and add a bold accessory to get that twist that is so hard to copy.
My preferred choice is yellow as it works great with all sorts of green.

Happy Saint Patrick`s day to my Irish readers!

LoL, Sandra