Louis Vuitton Petite Malle iPhone Cases

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One night before the Louis Vuitton S/S 2017 show, a hush fell over both the fashion and tech worlds when Nicolas Ghesquière posted a photo holding an amazing iPhone 7 case.

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As the first model hit the catwalk, in her hands, she clasped the accessory that will soon shield the phones of every fashion lover. It’s a smart move to shrink your bag down to its smallest possible form, something you will be using every day!

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Available from February 2017 for CHF 905 for the iPhone 7 and CHF 960 for the iPhone 7+.

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Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Him/Her Lipcare by Giorgio Armany Beauty

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Every thought of sharing your lip balm with your boyfriend? Now, it is the time! Giorgio Armani launches HIM/HER LIPCARE, a moisturizing and nourishing lip balm that is sure to appeal to women and men alike with a “My lips but better” result.

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Available in several shades, it slips into a pocket or a bag for easy travel and can be applied in one quick and easy stroke anywhere, at any time. While the result is always natural, it can be custom-applied for an added touch of seduction.

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The range comes in six soft and natural shades, including the N°1 clear.
Shades N°2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 blend with the natural colour of the lips to suit individual skin tones.

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Men can thus choose a shade to match their skin tone for a natural effect, or opt for a neutral balm like the N°1 clear.

Both men and women will appreciate its nourishing and restorative action when applied in several coats as a night treatment. Available now for CHF 45.00.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani Beauty

Most Important S/S 2017 Accessories Trends

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Nothing has changed since last winter… more is more is still the motto, this is what the S/S 2017 season is all about! With fashion in a maximalist mood, accessories have kept their center stage. On the runways, kitten heels are back, earrings were bigger than ever, and one bag is definitely not enough. New? The marriage of socks and boots. The forecast: Get ready for your another sumptuous season!

LoL, Sandra

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S/S 2017 TREND 1: EXTRAVAGANT SUNGLASSES
Céline – Dolce & Gabbana – Gucci

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S/S 2017 TREND 2: SOCK BOOTS
Fendi – Balenciaga – Emilio Pucci

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S/S 2017 TREND 3: WRAP BELTS
Balmain – Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini – Isabel Marant

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S/S 2017 TREND 4: STATEMENT EARRINGS
Delpozo – Alexander McQueen – Altuzarra

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S/S 2017 TREND 5: KITTEN HEELS
Chloé – Prada – Dior

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S/S 2017 TREND 6: ONE BAG IS NOT ENOUGH
Stella McCartney – Valentino – Marni

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S/S 2017 TREND 7: THE BIGGER THE BETTER
Givenchy – Chanel – Loewe

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S/S 2017 TREND 8: FLATFORMS
Salvatore Ferragamo – Versace – Miu Miu

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S/S 2017 TREND 9: SUPERSIZED BAGS
Sonia Rykiel – Mulberry – Ports 1961

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S/S 2017 TREND 10: ARM CUFFS
Roberto Cavalli – Louis Vuitton – Rodarte

Photos: via Vogue.com

MAC Lip Scrubtious

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Pucker up to totally smooth lips with MAC LIP SCRUBTIOUS. This new sugar-based exfoliator gentle buffs away dry and flaky skin with a formula enhanced by hydrating and nourishing conditioners leaving lips soft and oh-so-smoochable.

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Sweet Vanilla – Candied Nectar – Fruit of Passion – Summer Berry – Sweet Brown Sugar

Available in Switzerland for CHF 20.00 from March 2017.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Trend Resort 2017: Pineapples

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The grocery store isn’t the only place you’ll be seeing pineapples this spring. The designers have discovered that pineapples are not just a yummy fruit but can also add an interesting element to this season’s fashion looks.

I am currently obsessing over Dolce & Gabbana‘s take on the tropical fruit.
Get the look: Pineapple-print ruffled cotton-poplin dressSicily medium pineapple-print leather tote, pineapple earrings and Keira sandals with pineapple heels, all by Dolce & Gabbana.

For the more modest among you, check out the ones below…

LoL, Sandra

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Pineapple embroidered suede foldable-heel loafers by Aquazzura

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Printed jacquard dress by House of Holland

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Milo medium suede-trimmed perforated leather tote by Chloé

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

OPI Fiji S/S 2017 Collection

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Time to get your nails travel-ready – we are going to Fiji this season with OPI‘s new collection of 12 amazing shades, available in three different versions: as Nail Lacquer (CHF 19.90), as Infinite Shine (CHF 24.90) and as GelColor!

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OPI Fiji S/S 2017 Collection

Two-timing the Zones – vibrant pink
Living On the Bula-vard! – punchy red
Gettig Nadi On My Honeymoon – hibiscus pink
Polly Want a Lacquer? – lavender
Do You Sea What I Sea? – shimmering ocean blue
Is That a Spear In Your Pocket? – tropical teal
I Can Never Hut Up – iridescent gray
Super Trop-I-Cal-I-Fiji-istic – reflection of sea and sky
Suzi Without a Paddle – cool blue
Coconuts Over – subtle taupe
No Tan Lines – warm sunrise orange
Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet – radiant yellow

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The new collection will hit the shelves in Switzerland on February 8, 2017.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of OPI

Vetements + Juicy Couture

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We feel it’s inevitable and crucial to create contemporary clothing,” says Demna Gvasalia, the Creative Director of Paris design collective Vetements.

The Maison Margiela alumni elevates deceptively simple pieces with meticulous construction, considered fabrics and playful proportions. For Vetements’ S/S 2017 collection, he put up a show that was entirely made up of collaborations with well-known brands from Manolo Blahnik to Levi’s, Juicy Couture, Carhartt, Reebok, Canada Goose, Mackintosh and Dr. Martens among others.

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My favorite of the collaborations was the revival of Juicy Couture. Instead of recreating the brand’s famous velour and terry tracksuits, Demna Gvasalia gave them a modern update as second skin tops and trousers in electric colors with “Juicy Couture” written down the arms and across the bum in crystals.

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Cotton-blend velour top and embellished cotton-blend velour track pants

The to-die-for maxi skirt reveals a thigh-skimming split and is lined with internal briefs. It’s made from glossy black velour inspired by Juicy Couture’s iconic tracksuits…

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Embellished cotton-blend velour hooded top and cotton-blend velour maxi skirt

A real show-stopper! This black jumpsuit is made from cotton-blend velour in a one-shoulder, wide-leg silhouette. It works best with minimal accessories.

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One-shoulder cotton-blend velour jumpsuit

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

The Top 15 Runway Trends for S/S 2017

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Here they are: the most important trends for the S/S 2017 season. Scroll through my forecast to see which styles will be on everyone’s shopping list next season. From dresses in brilliant shades of fuchsia, strawberry, rose, and bubble gum to buzzy words on slogan tees. Don’t expect the high-volume sleeve to disappear anytime soon, the choice is yours – enjoy!

LoL, Sandra

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S/S 2017 TREND 1: THINK PINK
Hermès – Valentino – Céline

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S/S 2017 TREND 2: HIGH-VOLUME SLEEVES
Dolce & Gabbana – Marc Jacobs – Kenzo

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S/S 2017 TREND 3: 80’s LAMÉ
Saint Laurent – Isabel Marant – Gucci

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S/S 2017 TREND 4: OP ART
Akris – Mary Katrantzou – Louis Vuitton

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S/S 2017 TREND 6: 70’s FLOWER POWER
Prada – Chloé – Christopher Kane

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S/S 2017 TREND 7: SQUARE-SHOULDERED
Jil Sander – Balenciaga – Jacquemus

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S/S 2017 TREND 8: SWIM ADDICT
Max Mara – Fendi – Miu Miu

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S/S 2017 TREND 9: SLOGAN TOPS
Dior – Paco Rabanne – Stella McCartney

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S/S 2017 TREND 10: BRALETTES
Victoria Beckham – Alexander McQueen – Alexander Wang

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S/S 2017 TREND 11: SPORT SPIRIT
Moschino – Courrèges – DKNY

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S/S 2017 TREND 12: DEEP SEA METALLICS
Maison Margiela – Chanel – Balmain

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S/S 2017 TREND 13: GRAPHIC STRIPES
Mulberry – Lanvin – Tory Burch

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S/S 2017 TREND 14: MODERN RUFFLES
Givenchy – Erdem – Loewe

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S/S 2017 TREND 15: TRANSPARENT
Alberta Ferretti – Giambattista Valli – Emilio Pucci

 Photos: via Vogue.com

Interview with Ryan Reynolds

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In 2016, PIAGET launched a new line of men’s watches that has brought envy to our girls’ faces, the so-called PIAGET POLO S. Originally created in 1979, the new Piaget Polo S takes its name from the elegant and demanding sport of polo, its motto «play a different game». Yves Piaget was one of the first ones to link celebrities to watches in the ’80s.

PiagetPoloS_Watch_collectionThe Piaget Polo S watch collection.

Piaget_Polo_SMy favorite model: The Piaget Polo S Chronograph 42mm.

While I was in NYC for the launch party, I had the honor to interview the house’s international brand ambassador Ryan Reynolds, a real game changer. For us, the 40-year-old Vancouver native opens up about his many titles: «Sexiest Men Alive», «World’s Sexiest Dad», «GQ Man of the Year for 2016», massive movie star, and «Deadpool», the biggest achievement of his life so far. He has been obsessed with the character for a very long time, trying for 11 years to get it to the big screen, so the outstanding critical and fan success of the film has been a gratifying experience for him. Driven by passion, that is a tailor-made role for him.

The Canadian actor and producer, who is married to no other than the beautiful Blake Lively (Do you remember the interview I did with her just before their wedding… if not click here please…) and father of two daughters, is a man in a hurry, constantly on the move, and yet his style epitomizes a certain kind of timelessness mirroring that of the Piaget brand.

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Ryan, you are the ambassador of Piaget. What was your first encounter with the brand?

My first encounter with the brand was as a kid because my favourite film «Planes, Trains and Automobiles» featured a Piaget watch. This movie influenced a lot of what I do today. Even in my movie «Deadpool» there are six or seven hidden references to this film. For example I am reading the same book that John Candy is reading in the train station. Then there is a scene where Steve Martin’s character experiences a critical moment as he needs to sleep more than anything else in the world but he has no money left because his wallet has burnt in a fire. All he has left is his Piaget watch and six dollars. So he tells the hotel guy that he will give him six dollars and «one hell of a nice watch». The watch still exists, it is so beautiful. That was my first experience with Piaget, a symbol of a relaxed kind of luxury. It was a pivotal point for me as I took note of a brand for the first time in my life.

If you had to design a watch, how would it look like?

It would be mostly made of wood and cheese. It would be very bad for anyone who needs to be anywhere on time. I couldn’t even get a sundial together. But if I had to design a watch, I would look for this beautiful intersection between function and fashion, something that is timeless and classic. I have been doing this job for longer than most people realize which is 26 years. I started as a little kid. So I can look back and catalogue myself for this amount of time and see the different styles I was into. The only ones that stay are the classic things. Watches are accessories that men can hang on to for the rest of their lives.

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How do you wear your Piaget Polo S?

I like the idea of relaxed luxury. I’d wear it to the Oscars or for my kids’ first grade graduation. It’s one of those things you can pretty much wear anywhere, with anything from a tuxedo to sportswear. It’s a watch for a new generation. As I said for a man a few accessories count, my daughter’s initials are engraved in the back. She loves to play around with it. She will get it when she is older. It is not necessarily a watch for a girl but if she is any daughter of mine, she will want Dad’s watch.

RyanReynoldsFirst family appearance: When Ryan Reynolds accepted the Walk of Fame honour last December, he was accompanied by his wife Blake Lively and their two daughters.

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Speaking of your daughter. How has fatherhood changed your life?

It has enriched it in every way. I don’t sleep anymore. I am a little bit more protective, I noticed those «Papa Bear» instincts are coming out in a way I have never experienced before. When you live in a public eye to a certain degree, it can be a little stressful because my child has not expressed any interest in living the public eye, it is not a choice she is making. I try to protect her as much as I can while at the same time being somebody who volunteered for this job, not also hiding her. There is a difference between secrecy and privacy. I never wanted to be secret but private and most people respect that.

What is the biggest challenge you have ever encountered in your life?

Wow, that is a very lofty question. Let me think. Growing up and taking responsibility for myself has been the biggest challenge. Most kids are not fostered or taught dialogue or taught to emphazise and understand other people. That has been the biggest challenge for me as a young man at the age of 20/21, I really took this task on myself. I realized that anything that happens in a relationship I have a stake in it. Learning this nurtured a lot.

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You are 40 now. As a man do you also feel pressure aging especially in the industry you are in?

I welcome age. You should never mourne a birthday. We are all lucky getting a year older. I hope to be so old one day that I look like a deshelled moleskin. I do also understand the certain imbalance with men and women in that regard. I see it shifting incrementally and I hope it keeps happening. It also needs us men to foster that change. I certainly try to anywhere I can. I think, excluding my wife of course, the sexiest actress on planet earth is Helen Mirren.

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What do you do to stay fit? Any special nutrition plans? Sports?

When I am not shooting «Deadpool» or something like that, I run and do a lot of weights. But when I film a movie like this, I have three months in advance to get prepared and that is a whole new ball game.

How do you prepare yourself for a role like that?

It is a lot of writing. That is the part that is the hardest. Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick (both screenwriters) and I wrote all the material for «Deadpool». That is the biggest challenge.

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What is the role you played that you are most proud of?

That one is «Deadpool» because it took me eleven years to get it made, to convince the studio. Actually we didn’t convince them, we held them hostage until they said yes.
But seriously, «Buried», a movie that most people probably haven’t seen but it is a very challenging Spanish movie.
(About Buried: The story is about an Iraq-based American civilian truck driver, who, after being attacked, finds himself buried alive in a wooden coffin, with only a lighter, flask, flashlight, knife, glowsticks, pen, pencil, and a mobile phone. It was shot in a time period of only 16 days in Barcelona. The director Rodrigo Cortés’ inspiration was the film Rope directed by Alfred Hitchcock.)

Do you have a dream role that you would love to play?

I would love to play Chet Baker but the problem is that I cannot sing. «Deadpool» was my dream role. It goes in line with the «game changer» theme. It was a game changer for me, a game changer for film, for comic books and for comic book movies.

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How do you see yourself as a game changer?

Yes, I do. Game changers typically fight for something they believe in against great odds, against everyone saying it will never happen. I still have e-mails from the head of the studio at FOX, who is no longer there, saying that we will never make that movie. Sticking with something like that, hanging in there, believing in it, even when everyone else doesn’t. And being given very limited tools in order to make that movie, our budget was nothing compared to what a normal superhero movie would be. And then still making it even better than everything ever been done. Those are game changing moments. It is easier to walk away. Emotionally it would have been easier seven years ago to stop those e-mails and move on. But I did have a nice moment the weekend after the movie came out. I walked into the head of the studio’s office and said: «You can thank me now». It was a very nice moment for me.

Your wife, Blake Lively, is an actress herself. Do you see it as a blessing or a curse? Are the two of you ever in competition?

We are never in competition. I think that is why we have a great relationship. We don’t work at the same time. Recently, she shot four movies, and I shot none. We never travel and work at the same time. That seems work out for us. The key to our relationship is that we are friends first.

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Could you imagine shooting a movie together with your wife?

Probably. We are kind of working together every day anyway. Living in our house and doing all those small daily things. But thinking of it, yes, it would be nice doing it one day.

Ryan Reynolds in three words.

Integrety. Father. Husband.

Thank you, Ryan, it was a pleasure talking to you!

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And I am looking forward to seeing you tonight again at dinner with Piaget…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Piaget, © GQ Magazine, © Reuters, © Sandra Bauknecht

Karl Lagerfeld’s Swarovski Tiara

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On February 23, 2017, the famous Vienna Opera Ball, one of the most exclusive highlights of the Viennese social calendar, celebrates its 150th anniversary. It is an event steeped in tradition and timeless glamour, where debutantes and their partners dance the opening waltz and dazzle wearing fairytale tiaras as they are introduced into society. This year marks a very special collaboration as the tiara is designed by an emperor. No other than «Kaiser Karl», KARL LAGERFELD, teamed up with SWAROVSKI to design the sparkling tiara that will crown the heads of the debutantes.

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Embellished with 394 clear and saphire blue Swarovski crystals along with five Swarovski crystal pearls, the Swarovski Tiara is named “LE BEAU DANUBE BLEU” (The Blue Danube) which is the common title of a famous waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, composed in 1866.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Thomas Schrott/Swarovski, © Karl Lagerfeld and © Reuters