Hublot – The Italian Way

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On Tuesday night in Milan, Hublot presented its new Classic Fusion Italia Independent collection at the famous shop of Italian luxury tailor Rubinacci. You might ask yourself now: what do you get when you mix the watchmaking expertise of Hublot, the limitless creativity of Italia Independent through its founder Lapo Elkann, and the treasures of the famous Italian tailor Rubinacci? The Art of Fusion! And we all know that when it comes to fashion, the Italians are ahead of the game!

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Since 2014, two collections have been born from the partnership between Hublot, Italia Independent and Lapo Elkann. Although both of the previous collections were based on the legendary Big Bang Unico model, this time the magic of this wildly creative team was unleashed on the Classic Fusion model. Its name seems to have predestined it for this new special edition: there has never been such a fine example of the fusion of the ‘classic’ and innovation.

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As a creator, I have always put customisation and bespoke designs, which for me represent real luxury, at the heart of my different projects. It is with this in mind that I conceive and design unique objects, which meet my tastes and requirements, but also satisfy my clients. I like the fact that they become truly mine and that they are distinctive, and this is the case for the Classic Fusion Italia Independent collection.” Lapo Elkann, Founder and Artistic Director of Italia Independent.

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This was a task that was made-to-measure (no pun intended) for Lapo Elkann who is frequently named “the most elegant man in the world” and who has made bespoke designs and customisation his signature. He brought Ferrari’s ‘Tailor Made’ programme to life, and he is continuing and expanding upon the concept with Garage Italia Customs; cars, boats, planes and helicopters, with a unique level of customisation, personalisation and innovative creativity for the whole mobility industry. Lapo also applies this same expertise to the creations that he designs for Hublot and Italia Independent.

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The “sartoria Rubinacci” was not chosen at random: since 1932, three generations of Rubinacci have been at the reins of this institution of good taste and masculine refinement: Gennaro, the founding grandfather, Mariano, the father who now manages the house from Naples and, of course Luca, master of the store in Milan, and one of the most photographed men on the planet thanks to his unique style. Between them they have dressed everybody from the Duke of Kent to singer Bryan Ferry, not to mention of course the Agnelli family, of which Lapo Elkann is the worthy successor.

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The House of Rubinacci holds the most beautiful collection of fabrics in its archives. It was here, in the more than 60,000 square metres of precious houndstooth, tweeds and other cloths that Hublot and Lapo Elkann found a collection of tartans—squared coloured wool weaves from the seventies—that they brought back to life by including them in the Classic Fusion as a chronograph. The dial and straps have therefore been made using these precious fabrics to offer this range of 45 mm timekeepers an end result that is the epitome of elegance. “La vera sprezzatura!”

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I chose these fabrics thinking about the costumes that we make for Lapo Elkann. I began with the extravagant colours of a vivid tartan with a sporty tone, then a more traditional houndstooth—in the style of an Italian gentleman—that I wanted in black and white, the colours of his favourite team Juventus F.C. I didn’t think that it was possible to put wool on the straps and dial of a watch. But, Hublot managed it and the result is better than I could have hoped for. We have achieved a balanced watch, with a pattern effect that is neither too bold nor too light. Luca Rubinacci

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A collection full of Italian style and spirit!

LoL, Sandra

PhlyBoyzThe Phly Boyz were entertaining the guests at the event in Milan.

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Photos: Courtesy of Hublot

Time for a Play Date

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I love the piano, it’s my favorite instrument. This season the piano keyboard has inspired many designers. Listening to a piano concert or even better playing yourself in this look is the ultimate fashion goal.

Get the look: Ruffled silk-georgette top by Elie Saab, pleated jacquard-knit skirticon by Proenza SchoulerDolce Box piano tote and embellished leather pumps, both by Dolce & Gabbana.

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If you are thinking about getting a piano, have a look at my favorite one which is said to be the best one in the world: the MODEL D by STEINWAY & SONS. For over 160 years, the company has been dedicated to the art of piano making, setting the uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value.

Do you want to be my play date?

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Boom

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Boom, it is already Mid February, I find it quite scary how time flies but on the other side I cannot wait for spring to arrive. I am definitely not a winter person. Once the sun is out, I always feel like wearing something floral.

My look: Double-breasted wool-blend felt coaticon, pussy-bow glittered floral-print crepe dress andicon star-appliquéd leather ankle boots, all by Saint LaurentJoyce embellished leather shoulder bag by Loeweearringsicon and necklace with velvet ribbon, both by Dolce & Gabbana, «Diorette» ring by Dior Haute Joaillerie.

LoL, Sandra

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Candy

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Jimmy Choo‘s printed ‘Candy‘ clutch bags demonstrate the brand’s playful approach to cult classics. The interior is perfectly proportioned to house just your essentials. Conceal the silver chain strap inside to carry it as a clutch. The slogan will be statement enough!

Bags in collage: Candy Box Clutch «I Want Choo» in pink, Candy Box Clutch «Choos Me» in blue and Candy Box Clutch «Only Choo» in lilac.icon

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My favorite is this one: Candy Box Clutch «You Are What You Wear» in yellow.

It’s no news that your wardrobe says a lot about you, so choos(e) wisely…
Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Jimmy Choo, © Sandra Bauknecht

Dinner with Frédéric Malle

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Lately, I was invited by Perfumery Osswald in Zurich and had the amazing honor to have dinner with Frédéric Malle, a very captivating and inspirational gentleman, a father of four, and the man behind the niche fragrance house Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. Born in 1962, he grew up immersed in the world of perfumery (his grandfather Serge Heftler-Louiche founded Christian Dior Perfumes, and Frédéric’s mother later worked as an Art Director for the same perfume house) and has a deep knowledge of raw materials, fragrance structure and accords that he shared with me that night. His ‘Editions’ collection includes scents by distinguished noses including Dominique Ropion, Jean-Claude Ellena and Pierre Bourdon.

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Malle studied art history and economics at New York University. In 1988, he began his career at Roure Bertrand Dupont, the prestigious perfume laboratory. After working in the industry for more than 12 years, Frederic was ready to embark on a new adventure.

Frederic_Malle_20004 of his first launched perfumes in 2000: Lipstick Rose (Ralf Schwieger), Musc Ravager (Maurice Roucel), En Passant (Olivia Giacobetti) and Une Fleur de Cassie (Dominique Ropion).

In 2000, using his connections and experience in the industry, Frédéric invited nine top perfumers to design their own original perfumes with no restrictions, not even financially regarding their ingredients they chose. Thanks to Frédéric Malle, the return to luxury perfumery took place at the beginning of our century. In an era in which most companies put more importance on brand names, Malle brought the attention back to the product itself: perfume.

Until today, through a simple “back to basics” approach, Editions de Parfums is challenging all prevailing trends. Frédéric Malle’s contribution to the creation of the different fragrances sold under Editions de Parfums varies depending on the perfumers’ desire. Perfumers appeal to him to assess their work in progress and to share ideas.

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These fragrances are packaged in bottles that feature the name of the perfumer—a first in the industry, where the perfumer is traditionally behind the scenes and credit for the scent is given to the fashion house or celebrity on the bottle. While we were talking during dinner, I could sense that Frédéric Malle is very fond of Dominique Ropion‘s work. The two of them seem to build an amazing team.

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The development of a signature scent is a lengthy process, generally lasting between 6 and 18 months. Each fragrance starts with an idea, an “olfactive sketch,” which can either take the form of a material base – the mix of two or three raw materials, like colors in an abstract painting – or of an initial feeling, the desire to translate or convey a specific emotion. From there, the perfumers gradually build a full-scale composition, tinkering and problem-solving until a perfect balance is achieved. The challenge is to polish and perfect without losing the impact and personality of the original idea.

Eliminate all that is superfluous or merely decorative” – this, Frédéric Malle’s credo, is the only rule imposed on the house perfumers. Malle requests that each fragrance be designed to uniquely merge with the wearer’s skin rather than to just be a “pretty scent.”

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Designer Frédéric Malle has more than 25 perfumes available at the moment, made in collaboration with perfumers Jean-Claude Ellena, Dominique Ropion, Maurice Roucel, Bruno Jovanovic, Carlos Benaim, Olivia Giacobetti, Pierre Bourdon, Edmond Roudnitska, Ralf Schwieger, Edouard Flechier, Michel Roudnitska and Sophia Grojsman.

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Two years ago, The Estée Lauder Companies acquired Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle.

Frédéric Malle said about his decision to sell part of his company: “The Estée Lauder Companies has great respect for the art of perfumery and for the creativity, dedication and mastery required to create truly exceptional fragrance experiences. The company’s commitment to a high standard of excellence and ability to support the growth of entrepreneurial concepts in a way that preserves all that is unique and special makes The Estée Lauder Companies the ideal partner for us.

A truly inspirational creator and a real business man!

TO SHOP FREDERIC MALLE ONLINE, CLICK HERE PLEASE.
In Switzerland a large selection is available at Perfumery Osswald in Zurich.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: Courtesy of Frédéric Malle and © Sandra Bauknecht, via Mr Porter

Valentino’s Rockstud Jelly Flip Flops

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When the time comes to free our feet and immerse them in some much-needed sun, women’s flip flops and beach shoes become our very best friends. If you are particular like me with your footwear, you will love those jelly ones by Valentino because they are almost undestroyable and great to be worn in the sand. No need to worry about ruining them.

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Rockstud jelly flip flops in black

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Stay tuned to see which color I got for myself…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Valentino
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My Look: Le Toiny

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This year, I am bombarding you with sunny looks as I cannot wait for summer to arrive. Here you see me on my favorite island St. Barths just recently. I had lunch at one of my beloved spots, Le Toiny. Feet in the sand, great food, super service and you can chill at the beach later. My love for this Caribbean island won’t stop as I will be revealing a very special collaboration soon…

My look: Tiered lace maxi dress by Stella McCartney, embellished textured-leather sandalsicon by Valentino, patchwork clutch by Prada, Eva aviator-style rose gold-tone sunglasses by Tom Ford, pendant necklace by Roberto Cavalli and pearl bracelet by Chanel.
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LFW Honours Richard Nicoll with Nicoll Blue

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In a special tribute to RICHARD NICOLL, London Fashion Week February 2017 salutes his talent with a colour dedicated to him, NICOLL BLUE. Chosen by a group of close friends, the blue is said, by Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Color Institute who developed the colour, to embody “the elegance and sensitive spirit of this much beloved designer whose innate kindness, loving soul and good natured sense of humour held a special allure to all that entered into his orbit.

The Arundel St and main entrance to The Store Studios, 180 Strand; the central hub of LFW, have been painted in Nicoll Blue to honour the designer after his sudden passing in October, 2016. The 39-year old died from a heart attack in his home town Sydney.

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ABOUT RICHARD NICOLL

Born in London and brought up in Australia, Richard Nicoll graduated from Central Saint Martins MA in 2002. His entire graduate collection was famously purchased by Dolce & Gabbana right after. He launched his eponymous label in 2005 and quickly found fans in the likes of Kylie Minogue, Kate Bosworth, and Julianne Moore. He emerged as a member of the new wave of London talent, whose original take on modern sportswear fused with relaxed tailoring won him NEWGEN sponsorship in 2006 and three Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode (ANDAM) awards. His experience beyond his eponymous label included freelance design for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, the creative direction of Cerruti 1881, Fred Perry and later of youth label Jack Wills. In June 2012 he launched his debut menswear line at London Collections Men (now London Fashion Week Men’s). In 2015, he shuttered his namesake company and moved from London to Sydney.

Before his death, he had been preparing to start a new job as creative director at adidas in January 2017.

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To honour Richard, a minute’s silence will be observed just before the Central Saint Martins MA show on Friday 17th February. Plans are underway for a multifaceted, retrospective exhibition of the designer’s work to launch later in the year.

YOU CAN SHOP SOME OF THE LAST PIECES OF RICHARD NICOLL AT THE OUTNET BY CLICKING HERE.
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LoL, Sandra

Photos: Richard Nicoll (courtesy of Jack Wills),  Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

Best Sun Products: Lancôme Soleil Bronzer

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Protecting your skin from the sun is essential but finding the right products can be tough. I like to use the highest protection possible, but don’t want to have a white veil all over my body.
Last time, I was in the Caribbean I took four products from the LANCÔME SOLEIL BRONZER line with me and they have all absolutely convinced me! They truly help you to achieve a beautiful and healthy tan.

Here is a brief summary of each of them:

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SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing Protective Milk-Mist
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 30 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Body – CHF 54.00
All Skin Types (even sensitive) with Argan, Monoï and Musk Rose Oils

Immediately thanks to the performance of its lightweight melting and delicately perfumed formula, skin is enveloped with a protective film. Water-resistant. The precious oil trilogy prevents skin from premature aging.

SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing and Refreshing Protective Cream
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 50 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Face – CHF 47.00
(Available as Sun BB Cream which is lightly tinted – I love!)

Lightweight, non-sticky water-resistant formula boasting a dry-touch finish. The skin is optimally nourished, smoothed and protected.

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SOLEIL BRONZER Smoothing Protective Mist
Luminous and Even Tan
SPF 50 – High Protection UVA-UVB – Body – CHF 53.00
All Skin Types (even sensitive)

It is the best SPF 50 sun protection I have ever used! Its water-resistant formula can be applied so easily due to its ultra-fine mist, leaving the skin smoothed, refreshed and instantly protected. After its application, your skin already reveals a mysterious radiant glow, an exceptional light.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Smile

Sandra_Bauknecht_Smile_PradaOne of my favorite quotes says «a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear». I think it is so true. You can wear the most amazing clothes but with no positive attitude, they will look only half as beautiful. Here you see me having a lot of fun shooting the social media campaign for Montblanc‘s «Urban Spirit» line.

My look: Dark blue lace dress, studded bag, velvet mohawk pumps, thin black and gold belt, matching choker (all from previous collections) and new lace-up denim bustier belticon, all by Prada, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery.

And smile, it is Valentine’s Day – time to get spoiled!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Andrea Monica Hug (Chic in Zurich) –
Thank you, Andrea, for always putting a smile on my face when I am in front of your camera!