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· Roger Federer · Wellness in Switzerland · Swiss Indoors Basel 2012 · · Gerda Spillmann · Mode Suisse · Braunwald · Mövenpick · Hiltl ·


True to nature The end of September in Zurich sees a glittering cast of A-list celebrities parade the red carpet at the annual Film Festival. As John Travolta, Helen Hunt, Til Schweiger & co. pull out all the stops to look their best, we peek behind the scenes with a woman who knows what it takes to steal the show. Professional stylist, make-up artist and photographer Adriana Tripa (page 54) is the secret weapon of many celebrities in Switzerland, including a man who usually lets his racket do all the talking – tennis world No. 1 Roger Federer. On page 26, we meet the fivetime Swiss Indoors Basel tennis champion ahead of his home tournament and discover that – contrary to appearances – he truly is “only human.” It is a side that he is hoping to keep well hidden from his confirmed 2012 Basel challengers – Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, Richard Gasquet, Stanislas Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori (page 20).


From one great Swiss ambassador to another, we find timeless beauty in the Grande Dame of Swiss cosmetics on page 14. As we take a walk down memory lane with soon-to-be 92-year-old Gerda Spillmann, we unravel the story of a farmer’s daughter who took Hollywood by storm and single-handedly transformed the beauty industry of Switzerland. Impressed by her lust for life and unique philosophies, we too seek inspiration in nature and find an unspoilt, peaceful sanctuary in the resort of Braunwald (page 40). High above the Linth valley floor, we follow in the footsteps of bearded-celebrity Zwäärgli Baartli, as we discover a magical world hidden between lush Alpine valleys and soaring mountain peaks.

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We go off the beaten track in ‘Destination Switzerland’ and explore unusual paths to wellbeing that can be experienced in a weekend (page 32). After cooking up seasonal foods with vegetarian restaurant Hiltl in their new column ‘healthy indulgence’ (page 50), we round off our ‘health and beauty issue’ with two fascinating stories by our columnist Tsitaliya Mircheva, which could not be more different – eco fashion (page 56) and BOTOX® (page 58). We wish you a healthy and beautiful autumn!

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The latest news from Switzerland

10 questions with...


Mode Suisse – Yannick Aellen and Ursina Widmer

Made in Switzerland


Mövenpick – Ordinary made extraordinary

Entrepreneur in focus


Gerda Spillmann – Timeless beauty

Finance column


Offshore U.S. tax disclosure



Swiss Indoors Basel – Fighting for glory

Celebrity interview


Roger Federer – Only human

Destination Switzerland


Wellness in Switzerland – Worlds away



Bavaria – Castles in the sky

Hotel review


Panorama Resort & Spa – Serene harmony

Off the beaten track


Braunwald – Road less travelled

Off the beaten track hotel


Hotel Chalet Ahorn – Alpine inspirations

Healthy indulgence


Hiltl – Sweet beauty



Autumn days – Fashionista Sandra Bauknecht

A day in the life of...


Adriana Tripa – Beautiful LOOX

Healthy living


DIPIÙ Cosmetics – Natural beauty

Fashion column


Eco fashion – Sustainably elegant



BOTOX® – The cult of youth











































What’s on


October – Highlights around the country



English books at Orell Füssli



Goods and services in Switzerland




Images from top: Wellness in Switzerland, © swiss-image/Christian Perret Roger Federer, © Rolex/Marco Grob Braunwald, © Courtesy of Märchenhotel Bellevue Gerda Spillmann, © Carina Scheuringer Front cover: Roger Federer, © Rolex/Marco Grob




Mode Suisse

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By Tsitaliya Mircheva

10 questions with...



Since March, upcoming and established Swiss fashion designers alike have had the opportunity to promote their labels at a fashion show with a difference: Mode Suisse. The catwalk is only one part of the show and designers’ collections are available to buy directly after they have been presented. Mode Suisse debuted in Zurich and, after its great initial success, will take place this October in both Zurich and Geneva. Sponsored by Globus via Idee Migros, Mode Suisse is the brainchild of Yannick Aellen, a freelance fashion show producer, and Ursina Widmer, an event manager. With its visions and knowledge, Mode Suisse may one day develop into the Swiss equivalent of the American Council of Fashion Designers or the British Fashion Council and provide financial help for Swiss designers. For now, Mode Suisse is doing its bit to promote Switzerland’s design talents. We meet its founders to find out more.

1. Where did you get the idea for Mode Suisse? Yannick Aellen: The idea is the result of many years’ work with Swiss fashion brands, schools and fashion events. Ursina and I both thought it was about time to start a neutral, professional, seasonal and enduring platform to represent and support Swiss designers.

2. What is the difference between Mode Suisse and Mercedes Benz Fashion Days in Zurich? Yannick Aellen: We are trying to create more of a Parisian feel around Mode Suisse. Our aim is to show designers on a very simple, seasonal [platform] so they can stand out. The focus of Mode Suisse is on the real scene and the designers’ collections. The Mercedes Benz Zurich Fashion Days are more of a big celebrity type of event, where new names and international designers are presented every year.

3. Is there a certain criteria for letting designers participate in Mode Suisse? Ursina Widmer: After a first qualitative check and selection, the Mode Suisse committee agrees on the participating designers. This committee consists of Ursina and me, a women’s wear buyer, a men’s wear buyer, a journalist and Patrizia Crivelli from the Federal Office of Culture.

4. Mode Suisse works with HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design) in Geneva and the Institut Mode-Design in Basel. How are they involved in the event? Yannick Aellen: Both are excellent international schools and they have an amazing number of young and talented students every year. Both schools will be represented at Mode Suisse through their students’ work. [In addition], many alumni are already presented at Mode Suisse, such as Jenifer Burdet, Nino Bollag and Claudia Zuber.

5. How would you describe Swiss style? Yannick Aellen: I can’t say there is a typical Swiss style. Swiss people like to dress smartly and neatly, but it is not something that they pay much attention to. Fortunately, we live in a tiny country, but it is full of so many cultures that have their own style. No wonder we can’t define Swiss style! This does not mean that Switzerland has no fashion sense and no specific style when it comes to different designers. Julian Zigerli’s man is different to Marc Stone’s or Strellon’s. Mademoiselle L’s woman is neither like Bally’s nor Blackpool’s. Maybe the most typical Swiss label is Akris –


rather quiet and understated chic with great quality, intelligent design and beautiful colours.

6. Do you see a change in Swiss attitudes toward fashion? Yannick Aellen: I don’t want to generalise, but there are more and more people interested in fashion. The young Swiss are travelling, reading international blogs and [experiencing] other cultures. It’s not only the upper class anymore that is interested in a chic deux-pièce. The young generation now has purchasing power in fashion – as well as an interest.

7. Is there a potential for Swiss haute couture? Yannick Aellen: If a great Swiss designer is ready to regularly show and sell his or her couture in Paris, yes. We should stop being too specific about fashion and Swiss fashion. Great fashion can be from anywhere – from Mexico City or from Appenzell. But it needs strength, concentration, a lot of talent and creativity, and the right approach and processes.

8. What is the highlight of the next Mode Suisse edition? Ursina Widmer: For sure, our highlight will be Mode Suisse’s first visit to Geneva. But we are also very proud and happy that Globus via Idee Migros will subsidise Mode Suisse until 2014.

9. Why do you organise two Mode Suisse events in Switzerland – one in Zurich and one in Geneva? Yannick Aellen: Organising Mode Suisse in Geneva and Zurich enables communication and sales on a more national level. It is great and very interesting for the designers to cross the Röstigraben (the language border) and show their collections to different clients, buyers and journalists.

10. Alongside Mode Suisse you both have other projects. Could you tell us about your interest in fashion? Ursina Widmer: I’ve always enjoyed and liked fashion. Today, and because of Mode Suisse, fashion completes the beautiful list of things that accompany me in my job as an event manager, which exposes me to food, music, atmosphere, furniture, decoration and all the other nice aspects of everyday life. Yannick Aellen: I’ve been working in fashion for the last 13 years, doing different things for very different clients – big and small, Swiss and international. It’s been models, music, lights, visuals and stage for a long time and I love it. I love to work with and around emotions and you can put a lot into a fashion show or shooting.




e n t r e p r e n e u r in focus

All photos Š Carina Scheuringer


“Moisture is the most important ingredient in nature. Without it, there is no life, no energy and no growth.� Gerda Spillmann

Timeless beauty By Carina Scheuringer

We stand shoulder to shoulder in our summer dresses and I examine my legs for the first time. I am no expert, but I am pleased enough until my eyes veer to the pair to my left. Silky smooth and with perfect complexion, Gerda Spillmann’s legs are as beautiful as they come. I cannot help but smile at the fact that I have just been outshone by someone more than three times my age.

There is hardly a compliment that the Grande Dame of Swiss cosmetics hasn’t heard before. And it is all justified. At 92 years of age, Spillmann truly looks remarkable. Albeit marked by the passage of time, her skin has a youthful glow and her sparkling eyes ooze life and energy. She looks decades younger than she is – and in an age of cosmetic surgery, her beauty is entirely natural. Passionate and with charmingly modest pride, she agrees to let me in on her secrets and relate her story – the tale of a young girl, fascinated by nature and driven by a promise.

A father’s legacy It was an idyllic world that Spillmann was born into in 1920 German-speaking Switzerland. Her father was “an exceptional man with a very special connection to the world around him.” Many a time, he walked the fields with his eldest daughter in tow, sharing with her his intimate knowledge of nature and of the laws governing it. “I was only a child, but these were the most important lessons in my life,” a grown-up Spillmann knows today. With utter fascination, she hung on her father’s every word – and

observed for herself the dramatic life-giving effects of indirect light and moisture. Little did she know that it was exactly these insights that would one day make her a household name in cosmetics.

This perfect little world fell apart when the much-loved farmer died unexpectedly in 1934, leaving his family of five without a breadwinner. During the subsequent wake and ugly inheritance struggles, a 14-year-old Spillmann lay awake many nights, trying to come to terms with her loss and its devastating consequences. “It was then that I made a silent promise to my father – I promised him that I would become independent as quickly as possible and replace him as the head of the family,” she says. Still only in secondary school, the teenager weighed up her options. She considered and discounted both the pharmaceutical and food industries, before turning her attention to cosmetics. “I knew I wanted to do something associated with life, and I found cosmetics absolutely fascinating,” she reveals. Exposed to art and culture by her cousin, Spillmann was surprised to find that the popular brands at the time advocated a matt complexion. “The late 1930s and early 1940s were an age of upheaval and change, but the industry was still clinging on to old ideals. Matt for me represented decay – my idea of beauty and life was vibrant, fresh and full of radiance. And so I developed my own concept.”

Road to success

© Courtesy of Gerda Spillmann

After ten years of training (“in how not to do it”), market research and development, Spillmann registered her company ‘Gerda Spillmann’ as a sole proprietorship in the Swiss Commercial Register on 12 July 1944. With a first line of products – which “a chemist had made in tiny batches using her formulations in his spare time” – the then 24-yearold set off to conquer Switzerland. In third class (sitting on wooden benches), she travelled the length and breadth of the country, knocking on doors and offering ad-hoc demonstrations. “My trick was to only apply my products to one half of the face so that people really could see a difference,” she reveals with a hint of mischief in her voice. Yet, it wasn’t just her unorthodox sales approach that set Spillmann apart. Rather than following in the footsteps of the main players of the industry, Spillmann developed her own philosophy founded on the laws of nature – hydrophilic cosmetics. “I had observed that moisture was the most important ingredient in nature,” she explains. “Without it, there is no life, no energy and no growth. Look at this apple… it stays juicy on the inside because it is protected by a waxy skin. Now, think of the surface of the earth and think of how devastating the consequences can be, if soil is not protected and nurtured. It is the same with our skin.”



GERDA SPILLMANN AG Worblentalstrasse 32 3063 Ittigen/Berne Switzerland Gerda Spillmann is… …inspired by nature …Swiss made since 1944 …made from natural ingredients …dermatologically tested and free of animal testing Product line includes Renaissance: anti-aging for demanding skin with edelweiss extracts Prestige Cell: a 24-hour regenerating cream Skinfood: nourishing creams Bio-Fond: cream to powder foundation

Spillmann subsequently developed a cosmetic moisturiser based on natural (predominately Swiss) ingredients and free of parabens and mineral oils. Building on that, she devised a product range that was dermatologically tested to suit all types of skin and was adaptable to seasons, climatic conditions, age and other requirements. The main star of her line was Bio-Fond, a foundation make-up that transforms complexion in an instant, leaving it with a fresh, radiant glow – or in actress Elizabeth Taylor’s experience “covers a multitude of sins.” Complementing her products, Spillmann also developed a new technique of application – a gentle massage consisting of circular movements. “This stimulates the circulation, creates warmth and encourages the pores to open to let in the ingredients. It is also good for your posture,” the entrepreneurs reveals while giving me a demonstration. She conducted many training sessions (including some with personnel at Swissair) to pass on her skills.

Gerda goes Hollywood Word of this new exciting philosophy and product range spread quickly. Selected pharmacies and healthcare shops agreed to carry ‘Gerda Spillmann’ and she had a whole team of women across the country spreading the good news. Once the news was out, it didn’t take long for Hollywood to come knocking at Spillmann’s door. After leading Hollywood make-up artists discovered BioFond through a friend of Spillmann’s at a cosmetic fair in the

1980s, the entrepreneur found herself supplying film stars, musicians, statesmen and television presenters with her unique products. Today, her booklet of congratulations on her 90th birthday reads like a ‘who-is-who’ of international society. It comes as no surprise that it wasn’t easy for Spillmann to eventually step down as the head of the company aged 90. “My business was like my family. What I built up is precious – it takes years to build up a name, a reputation, but it all can be destroyed in an instant,” says the Grande Dame of Swiss cosmetics, her voice suddenly shaky with emotions. She found a serious successor in Roland Landolf, a family man with a professional background in pharmaceutics and the health industry. “It was important for me that the business stayed in Swiss hands and that it would go to somebody who is in it for the long-haul,” says Spillmann who remains an honorary board member today. And Landolf ticked all the boxes. “I was looking for a Swiss company with a clear and unique philosophy that was in line with my own. And ‘Gerda Spillmann’ fit the bill perfectly,” adds Landolf. Looking at them both smiling happily at each other two years down the line, it seems like theirs was a match made in heaven. Does Spillmann have one final wish? “I wish what every mother wishes for her child – a future of happiness, health and prosperity for ‘Gerda Spillmann’ and Mr Landolf,” she says simply. Listening to Landolf’s plans for the brand, there is no reason why her wish should not come true.

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off the beaten track


A road less travelled By Carina Scheuringer

“We hire them especially for the tourists,” teases the Head of Braunwald Tourism, Susi Zentner, when I tell her that I passed a deer feasting idly along the tracks on my way up. With a sweeping hand gesture, she points out the village’s main street directly behind the funicular station. “This is our Bahnhofstrasse – and that peak up straight ahead, the Ortstock, that’s our Matterhorn.” Her cheerfulness echoes the warm atmosphere of the five square kilometre resort, which is home to 336 residents.

Bags of character For many centuries, Braunwald (from ‘Bruuwald’, ‘Brunnenwald’ meaning ‘rich forest and spring area’) was accessible only via a dizzying, punishing dirt trail from the valley floor – and an even more challenging mountain pass route. Only the most determined (or those with money to be carried) would venture to the lofty heights of the plateau, allowing the small resort to retain an otherworldly feel. The arrival of tourism aboard the funicular in 1907 opened Braunwald to the world, but it merely added to the village’s unique character.

Deep in the heartland of German-speaking Switzerland lies an area of gentle natural beauty still largely untouched by international tourism – the mountain resort of Braunwald. Perched on a southeast-facing sun terrace atop an immense cliff above the valley of Linth, quaint chalets are hewn into a mountainside overlooked by wild and powerful peaks. Trails drape over the wooded slopes like oversized ribbons, accentuating the steep and rocky topography of the landscape. There are no cars to spoil the scene, just the occasional electric or diesel vehicle and a delightful scattering of horse-drawn carriages. Braunwald is a place where Mother Nature rules and the hustle and bustle of Switzerland’s largest cities seems a million miles away.


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Braunwald has been awarded the family-friendly Familien Willkommen-seal by Switzerland Tourism.

When I arrive aboard the Braunwald funicular, the warm September sun has already seen off most of the morning dew. The bright sky is full of promise and the view from the platform at 1,256 metres above sea level is nothing short of spectacular. There is a whiff of autumn on the breeze, mixed in with the scent of freshly cut grass. All is silent except for the rustling of trees down below and the calls of a soaring eagle putting on an aerial display above. His tumbling and turning clustering loops frame the panoramic views of the Glarner Alps – the famous peaks of Tödi, Ortstock, Biferten and Hausstock.

“The exposure to different nations has made us openminded, international thinkers, who at the same time are in tune with our mountain heritage,” says local entrepreneur Hansjörg Kessler, who grew up in this very corner of Glarnerland as the son of a local skiing instructor. “Ours is a truly special place. It takes a lot of effort to live here, to transport everything up and down by helicopter or funicular – but it is exactly this unique situation, which makes Braunwald so authentic.” This authenticity is a key ingredient of success for the handcrafted, tailor-made snowboards that bear the Kessler name and have been the secret weapon of the world’s snowboarding elite for the past ten years. “I tried out snowboarding in 1985 when it first came to Switzerland and realised that the equipment wasn’t very good, so I started making my own boards,” explains the 52-year-old. Olympic gold on a Kessler at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City put the entrepreneur on the map of international competitive racing. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Kessler’s three-man team produces close to 1,000 snowboards a year in the very factory where the trained carpenter once completed his apprenticeship.

Winter wonderland With a Kessler under your arm, a whole playground awaits right outside the carpenter’s door. In winter, when the whispering trees, rolling hills and chocolate-box chalets are encrusted in pearly white, the fairy-tale land becomes even more magical. Despite its status as Switzerland’s resort with the most annual snowfall, Braunwald’s 32-

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kilometres of pistes and two three-kilometre toboggan runs are never crowded, providing for a true getaway from busy everyday life. The evenings are even more peaceful. As nature slumbers under its snowy blanket, the only sound interrupting the pervading sense of quiet on a Friday (and Wednesday in peak seaon) night in Braunwald is the joyful clatter of toboggans, as diners ride down from Grotzenbüel after a pot of gooey fondue. It is a sight to behold... In fact, it is second only to the annual Hornschlittenrennen, which sees local daredevils put their steering skills of traditional toboggans to the test, as they negotiate a 251-metre descent on three different types of sledges: Flitzer (racing sledges), Buurä (farmers sledges) and Sujet (themed sledges).

Charmed by Braunwald While I can picture the scene vividly, winter wonderland still seems a lifetime away on this warm Friday in September. As Susi and I continue our journey, the path takes us past Europe’s highest rose garden to the Gumen cable car with its alternating chairlifts and gondolas – “for people with and without vertigo,” Susi explains with a smile. Strapped in safely, we glide effortlessly up to Kleiner Gumen at an altitude of 1,904 metres. Beneath us, the forest reveals the Tipi summer camp – a recent addition to the resort’s summer offering – and the familiar sight of sunbathing marmots. Meanwhile, our destination towering above affords marvellous views across the valley and of the

Eggstöcke climbing garden. As a group of day visitors sets off with clamps and ropes in tow, Susi’s hand traces some of the forty climbing routes that criss-cross the rocky mountain range. Next to hiking, biking and paragliding, climbing is one of the most popular summer activities in Braunwald. After lunch and a generous helping of Bauernhof Glace (local ice-cream), Susi and I take a gondola to Grotzenbüel to join the panorama-hiking trail. As we enter the magical forest, the story of Braunwald’s most celebrated invisible resident unfolds along the winding path – the tale of Zwäärg Baartli. Susi tells me of the fate of the bearded dwarf, who gets caught out away from home late one night and is promptly punished by the wicked witch. The heart-warming story, which is brimful of local references, was invented by local Lorly Jenny in 1947 in Swiss-German dialect and is now known well beyond the borders of the small resort. As we reach the upper village, I discover Baartli on water hydrants, in an outdoor library box and in the window of the house of his creator. The magic culminates at Märchenhotel (fairy-tale hotel) Bellevue, where Baartli continues to feature in the daily bedtime stories told by owners Patric and Nadja Vogel. As the day draws to a close and the hotel’s resident goats retreat to their nightly quarters across the ‘Golden Geiss Brücke’, Susi and I too call it a day. A small electric vehicle takes me to my very own magical mountain hideaway for the night – the Chalet Hotel Ahorn.

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Make it happen

Accommodation Chalet Hotel Ahorn: Märchenhotel Bellevue: Hotel Cristal: Alexander’s Tödiblick: Hüttenberg Lodge: Bergasthaus Gumen: adrenalin backpackers: Sample activities Kids’ trails: Climbing: Summer sports and summer camps: Winter sports: Local treasures Kessler Sport: Bauernhof Glace:



off the beaten track hotel


Chalet Hotel Ahorn

Alpine inspirations The crackle of fire and scent of wood welcomes me to my very own chalet in the heart of Braunwald. I leave my busy everyday life behind and step into an idyllic picture, where the world seems perfectly balanced, sophisticated and yet beautifully simple. The contemporary rural downstairs of Chalet Hotel Ahorn is a peaceful sanctuary, where sleek and smooth modern pieces blend into a nature-inspired canvas. Adding decorative interest in the centre of the open-plan living area is a state-of-the-art soapstone stove, offset by the neutral hues of the surrounding rustic materials – wood and stone.

followed by gnocchi with Schabziger cheese, bacon, chestnuts and rocket salad leaves. The atmosphere is warm and cosy and the service truly encapsulates hospitality at its very best. I start to think that it cannot possibly get any better, until the host himself delivers homemade breakfast to my front door the following morning. “It’s unusual for a chef to run a hotel,” he agrees thoughtfully. “I approach things differently.” But it is exactly this unique approach, which makes Chalet Hotel Ahorn extra special, I think, as I help myself to another piece of toast with plum-cinnamon jam. It is hands down the best jam I have ever tasted.

I make myself a cup of tea in the kitchenette and step onto the terrace to soak up the panoramic views of the Glarner Alps. As I breathe in a lungful of fresh mountain air, somehow the birdsong seems more cheerful and the Alpine meadows seem lusher than ever before. With a smile on my face, I watch the last rays of sunshine disappear behind the towering Eggstöcke, before I finally kick off my sturdy hiking boots and slip into the in-house sauna. I couldn’t think of a better way of recuperating after an adventurous day.

Discovery of comfort

Late that evening, I discover the true meaning of culinary art in the hotel restaurant. As chef and host Beat Schittenhelm pulls out all the stops, the first meal is as irresistible as the last. The food is wholesome, seasonal and entirely natural. Mixed in with creative compositions are regional specialities and herbs from Schittenhelm’s very own garden. I try the Ahornsalad with nettle croutons, raisins and hazelnuts, All photos © fotografie:

Accommodation at Chalet Hotel Ahorn is divided between four 80-square-metre chalets and two 120-square-metre suites. Each option comes with two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a generous living area, a dining table and kitchenette, an in-house sauna and a balcony.

Discovery of hospitality From an à la minute lunch on the patio, to an à la carte evening soirée or a quiet dinner amongst friends in your chalet – Schittenhelm and his team gladly accommodate any culinary requests and also share their tricks of the trade during cooking courses and special gourmet events. Food aside, a number of activities can also be arranged for you depending on your interests, including skiing, hiking and sledge rides in winter, and rock climbing, mountain biking and paragliding in summer.

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healthy indulgence by Hiltl


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Sweet beauty By Renate Drabek

By Renate Drabek

The most valuable things in the world still come from Mother Nature. While many of us enjoy eating fruit and vegetables, we fail to recognise how vital they have been for our outer beauty and, by boosting the immune system, our existence in general. No wonder they are present in some form in almost every cosmetic product on the market. However, it is in their raw form – not processed in creams or pills – that fruit and vegetables are truly magical. The antioxidants contained within them have rejuvenating properties, meaning they can help reduce the appearance of ageing. Betacarotene found in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe melons, as well as lycopene in tomatoes, give the skin a healthy and radiant look from the inside out. Meanwhile apples, berries, citrus fruits, broccoli and fennel are packed with vitamin C, which boosts connective tissue to create smooth skin. Vitamin E found in nuts or avocados (which is also a wonderful skin mask or deep hair conditioner when mixed with natural yogurt) has similar properties.

Sweet something

serves 4 6 medium sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons soy oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped a small pinch of saffron 1 teaspoon mild paprika 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin a little fresh root ginger root sea salt

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Boil the sweet potatoes until they are just tender – about 25 minutes, depending on size. Pour off the water and peel as soon as they have cooled down enough to handle. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Sweat the onions in soy oil, add the spices, and mix well. Add the lemon juice and water, bring to the boil, reduce briefly and pour over the potatoes. Mix very carefully. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavours to develop and serve lukewarm.

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Fruit and vegetables are natural beauty shots that with each bite are a healthy and beautiful treat. We hope you enjoy the following recipe, taken from our cookbook Hiltl. Virtuoso Vegetarian. ( Renate Drabek is Hiltl’s nutrionist and food & beverage expert. Hiltl 42

Founded in 1898, Hiltl is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world. Today, it is managed by the 4th generation of the Hiltl family. It has an à la Our tip: carte restaurant, the The Hiltl red-fleshed unique buffet, selfservice & take-away, sweet potatoes taste barlounge and club, best. This salad could cooking also studio, shop, take-away be prepared a day in and catering service for advance events. and stored in the fridge. Leave at room temperature an hour before serving.

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New season fashion with Sandra Bauknecht By Emily Mawson

I have heard that Sandra Bauknecht is friendly. Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou says she is “the loveliest person.” Meanwhile, journalist Sherin Hafner describes her as “bringing joy to the lives of others” in Schweizer Illustrierte Style (12/09). Yet nothing quite prepares me for the beaming, petite fashion blogger with tumbling caramel hair who greets me with a hearty handshake and invites me into her beautiful home. Dressed in joggers and a plain jersey, she looks casual – it is a comfortable look that belies the indulgence of being at home in Zurich for a few days between a trip to Venice, where she interviewed actress Blake Lively, and jetting to Paris then London for Fashion Weeks. Touches all around nod to this more recognisable side of her: Chanel wellies beside the dresser in the hall and a leaning pile of fashion magazines on a bench in the kitchen. “I’ve prepared cake for afterwards,” she smiles, “but let’s look at the clothes first.” She sweeps through the hall and I notice how tiny she looks in the magnificent, high-ceilinged surroundings.

Sandra’s closet “What I like the most about fashion is that you can re-invent yourself every day,” says the 37-year old as she shows me the rail of new season outfits she has prepared for our photo shoot. One ensemble is edgy, one elegant and another fun. She thinks that this autumn/winter season, anything goes: “If you feel comfortable with yourself, you will have a great presence and everything will look stylish on you.” Some trends are, however, just too fabulous to be missed. “I adore the leather trend so leather skirts and dresses are a must. And the brocade and needlepoint trend…” says Sandra, twirling a long strand of hair around her finger. “Dolce & Gabbana has one of my favourite collections this season – but this changes every season. And Raf Simon’s last collection for Jil Sander is to die for. The coats in blush colours are divine.” As for Swiss fashion, she is watching Albert Kriemler at Akris – “He is definitely our most internationally acclaimed designer” – and upcoming designers including Aleksandra Wisniewska, Javier Reyes and Little Black Dress. The face behind blog Sandra’s Closet, Sandra writes about fashion and shares insights she has garnished through her fashion design studies, as a fashion editor at Marie Claire magazine in Germany and through working as a stylist. “Fashion has always been the love of my life. I drove my Mum crazy with my ideas of what I wanted to look like,” she reveals. Instead of buying Mickey Mouse comics, she bought Vogue magazine. As a pupil at a girls’ school in a suburb of Frankfurt, she told teachers what to buy when they went shopping during school trips. “Sandra has such an amazing way of looking at fashion and curating it in a very original way,” says Katrantzou. “I absolutely love seeing her in my pieces.”

Shooting the season “Mami,” says a tiny voice; Sandra introduces her daughter. “This is my photographer,” she states. Assisting Swiss News editor and


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photographer Carina, the little girl – who takes the photos for Sandra’s Closet – snaps away like a pro. Sandra exudes a radiant and positive energy that is immediately apparent in the photos. She refers to Marie Claire being discontinued while she was on maternity leave (which lasts up to three years in Germany and allowed her to spend time living in America and working freelance) as an “amazing coincidence, because I knew I wanted to move to Zurich.” She is teaching her daughter to take the time to find the person behind the great look, because outer appearance changes daily. And mother and daughter fall about laughing as they tell funny family stories after the shoot.

The life of a fashionista “I knew we would need something sweet afterwards,” Sandra giggles. Over cake and champagne, she describes the fashionable moments that make up her life. “During last fashion week, I went for lunch with Mary Katrantzou and tried on most of her new collection. It felt like two girls playing dress-up. We were both so excited and happy!” It is a busy life, though. “I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie without having my laptop on at the same time to work,” she sighs. “I blog wherever I am, no matter what the time of day.” Sandra’s greatest dream is to open a museum. “I have been collecting fashion – especially limited edition pieces – for many years now,” she says. “This is also why my blog is called Sandra’s Closet. People often have said, ‘Oh my gosh, have you seen Sandra’s Closet?’” You surely will have to now.

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“Fashion is what you buy and style is what you do with it.” Sandra Bauknecht

Sandra Bauknecht’s fashion tips

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Looking good is all about the proportion of the clothes. Hemlines are very important If you keep everything and therefore have a lot of clothes, it is easier to get dressed. There will always be something that matches your outfit perfectly Trousers are celebrating a big comeback this season. All-over print trouser suits will be seen on every fashionista Layering is the way to cope with autumn’s changeable weather If you only have the budget to buy one key piece for the season, do not choose something trendy. Invest in a great accessory such as a Chanel or Hermès bag, or a gorgeous coat – something that transforms your look immediately

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red trousers, all by Gucci, ‘So Beige blazer, silk blouse and s, tapestry ankle boots and Black’ Kelly bag by Hermè . earrings by Dolce & Gabbana

Strapless belted dress, brocade clutch and pumps, all by Gucci, earrings and ring by Chanel, gloves by Jil Sander, fishnet stockings by Wolford.



a day in the life of...

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By Cate Mackenzie

The LOOX transformation: Before and after

Adriana Tripa

“Your best look and a great photograph can be life changing,” says Adriana Tripa, owner of LOOX photo studio in Zurich. She believes that your looks are an instrument of power and can open doors on a business and private level. With her golden hair, green eyes and a great style, Tripa certainly seems to have the authority to comment. At her photo studio, she provides the whole package for clients: couture make-up, hair, styling and photography. “At any age you need to know exactly how to improve your looks and style. It’s all about ageless beauty and capturing each person’s best image,” she says. “The key is making it look like you were born that way – so that you look beautiful and not like you’re wearing makeup.” Tripa employs her understanding of facial features and bone structure in her make-up technique to enhance a client’s face shape. Skilled at highlighting and masking shadows, Tripa claims her anti-aging make-up is better than BOTOX®. Swiss with French, Austrian and Romanian heritage, Tripa studied design at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She worked on an international platform in make-up styling and photography for advertising and film productions – involving travel between Zurich and London as well as Paris and Los Angeles, where she lived and worked with celebrities for more than 15 years. In 2009, she founded LOOX photo studio in Zurich to combine her creative talents with business acumen. Today, she is the secret weapon of many A-list celebrities. Amongst her most famous Swiss clients is tennis star Roger Federer, with whom she works on many of his advertising campaigns. “He’s great to work with –

charming, natural and professional,” she reveals. The same could be said of Tripa herself. With her friendly and outstanding service, she aims to help everyone achieve their best look. We find out how it all comes together on a typical day.

Morning Tripa begins the day at the computer working with her assistant. Alongside post-production work for clients, she has business meetings and works on her upcoming photography exhibition on the theme ‘What is Beauty?’ to be held in Zurich in the run-up to Christmas.

Afternoon Photo shoots for clients – both business and private – usually take place during the afternoon. Tripa consults on styling and combines the clients’ ideas with her suggestions and insights to ensure the best photographs possible. She does all make-up and styling herself and teaches clients how to improve their look as she goes along. Then it’s into the photo studio to capture the result on film.

Evening After work, Tripa enjoys being beside lakeside, doing yoga or relaxing. Good films, concerts and friends are also important to her, as is spending quality time with her son. It is not unusual for her to attend glamorous cocktail parties and fashion events where she regularly rubs shoulders with the stars.


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Basel Autumn Fair

27 October – 11 November Various The oldest and largest funfair in Switzerland, Basel Autumn Fair is packed with handicraft and food and drink stands, and amusements.

The Swiss Toy Exhibition

3 – 7 October BEA Suisse Toy dedicates 22,000 square metres of exhibition space to the latest children’s toys presented by over 200 exhibitors.


Cheese Festival

20 October Waisenhausplatz As well as having a cheese market, the Cheese Festival offers an insight into how cheese is made and gives you the chance to milk a cow.

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International Chocolatiers and Chocolate Fair

27 – 28 October BFM Geneva The world’s top artisans present their latest creations and reveal chocolate-inspired surprises at tastings and conferences.

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Cinema Tous Ecrans

2 – 8 November Maison des Arts du Grütli Take advantage of free access to all screenings, conferences and special events at this international film and television festival by booking your tickets online.



17 October – 2 December Various This international festival dedicated to Moscow’s cultural landscape is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an insight into key developments in Russia. kau2012

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12 – 14 October MCH Beaulieu Lausanne Babyplanet caters to both young and future parents. Talk to experts or take advantage of the entertainment on offer for young children.

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25 th JazzOnze+ Festival Lausanne

30 October – 4 November Casino de Montbenon Icons of the jazz world perform to mark the 25th anniversary of this festival organised by the Association Onze+.

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Europa Forum Luzern

5 – 6 November KKL Luzern Experts from economics, science and politics discuss the global shift of powers at this European symposium.

Mese della Cultura

14 September – 28 October Various In collaboration with more than 90 organisers, more than 200 cultural events are on offer including music, theatre, literature, dance and science.

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Festa d’Autunno

5 – 7 October Lugano This festival rounds off the long summer with wine tasting, samples of regional products and music and entertainment for all tastes.

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5 October Oberägeri As the days draw in and the forests begin to glow auburn, enjoy this autumn buffet with hunters in the wilderness.

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Zug Trade Fair

20 – 28 October Zug Messe Zug Trade Fair offers a wide range of products and services, including household items, fashion products and services from the financial and tourism sectors.


28 October Lucerne Thousands of runners, cheering crowds and a picturesque route along Lake Lucerne characterise the Lucerne Marathon, now in its 6th year.

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31 October – 3 November Various This Zürcher jazz festival boasts no less than 18 concerts, including urban jazz, soul and funky fusion.

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Lange Nacht der Hotelbars

3 November Various Zurich’s glitzy and glamorous hotel bars open their doors for the night and offer diverse musical performances in a magical atmosphere. www.langenachtder


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