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Gucci perfume in 2017: Dakota Johnson named new face of the fragrance “Bloom”

Wholly fashioned by creative director Alessandro Michele, Bloom is the new spring summer fragrance by Italian luxury house Gucci. With actress Dakota Johnson as the face of its campaign, the fragrance is slated to represent the modern woman. The launch of the scent was celebrated on May 2 with a party in New York.

Michele, who was appointed creative director of the house in 2015 and who is responsible for all of Gucci’s men’s and women’s collections, worked in collaboration with master perfumer Alberto Morillas to create this feminine fragrance.

The scent is a mix of tuberose and jasmine, combined with Rangoon Creeper — a unique flower discovered in South India that is being used for the first time in fragrance.  Bloom will be packaged in a classic, rectangular-shaped bottle in powder pink, decorated with a minimalist black and white label. The floral element ties in with Michele’s ready-to-wear designs, which regularly feature botanical motifs.

Italian-born Michele was a leather goods designer at Gucci before taking over as creative director following the departure of his predecessor Frida Giannini. He is credited with breathing new life into the house, and his feminine, vintage-inspired designs have inspired legions of fans around the world.

From May 3, Bloom will be available to pre-order in limited quantities ahead of the official release, which will be in August for the US, but not until Spring 2018 in Europe.

Mother’s Day gifts: Guide to the best fashion accessories, beauty products for Mom

Mother knows best! It’s that time of the year again when we shower our beloved mums with gifts — repentance for the pain we have been throughout the year. Mother’s Day is right around the corner on May 14, so it’s time to start sourcing for the perfect peace offering that may make up for all those moments when she practised a great amount of self-restraint. We know what you’re thinking: How about some fresh blooms? While that will suffice, it never hurts to go above and beyond for the strongest woman in our lives.

You could make it personal by cooking mum breakfast in bed but if like us you are unable to cook a piece of toast without burning it, we say spare the woman that grief and get her something far more useful. We help you sift through the numerous products and specials being rolled out for the special day to find you something that would put a smile on her face. For a busy queen bee, the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base would keep her looking radiant all day. On the other hand, consider Coach’s Souvenir Embroidery Mercer 24 Satchel. With its whimsical patches, this bag is perfect for a quirky mum. To celebrate a bold female figure that she is, gift her with the Paco Rabanne Olympéa Intense fragrance—made for the adventurous yet elegant woman.

Of course, the greatest gift you could give your mother this Mother’s Day is the gift of time, be it spending time with her— or just letting her sit back to relax and enjoy some peace. Do remember to thank your mum for all her sacrifice and hard work through the years; we wouldn’t have made it this far without their unwavering support. Take a look at our gallery of specially curated gifts for our woman warriors!

New luxury fragrances for him: Gems and scents make the Bulgari Le Gemme Collection for Men

Bvlgari Le Gemme Collection for Men. Image Courtesy of Bvlgari

Bvlgari Le Gemme Collection for Men. Image Courtesy of Bvlgari

Back in 2014, Bulgari, that is best known for its jewellery creations launched the Le Gemme Collection for women and are now following up with the Le Gemme Collection for Men. Inspired by the discoveries made while in search of precious stones, the collection comprises of six fragrances for him, that have been developed by Jacques Cavallier. We take a look at each scent to find out what inspired — three of which will be available here.

Bulgari Le Gemme Gyan. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari Le Gemme Gyan. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Gyan (The Sapphire)

These fragrances come in some good-looking bottles and Gyan might be the best-looking one. This perfume might have given Cavallier some trouble. He had to work with a notoriously difficult ingredient that plays hard to get (right) Patchouli — which meant taking away anything that might make you annoyed to get its smell-worthy essence, then add Jasmine. You should really thank the man when you smell great.

 

Bulgari Le Gemme Garanat. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari Le Gemme Garanat. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Garanat (The Red Garnet)

What on earth is rose doing in a men’s perfume? That was our first reaction when we realised Garanat is essentially rose and incense. We arent  Master Perfumers, so we humbly submit to Cavallier’s talent in creating a masculine scent with the flower.

 

Bulgari Le Gemme Ambero. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Bulgari Le Gemme Ambero. Image Courtesy of Bulgari

Ambero (The Amber)

Don’t stare into this bottle for too long. with the Sun being the main inspiration, that may actually be some sound advice. Okay, so we more than exaggerate. You get Vetiver and Indian ginger scents full of energy like the star we orbit around all in one bottle.

You can purchase Bvlgari Le Gemme Cyan, Garanat and Ambero from The Heeren Robinsons, Takashimaya, and Escentials Paragon at S$499.00 each.

New luxury fragrances for him: Sleek and suave with Mr. Burberry’s Eau De Parfum

Following the iconic Mr. Burberry Eau De Toilette, Burberry is back with another stronger and newer interpretation. With the new Mr. Burberry Eau De Parfum, the brand transforms the original scent into its sensual alter ego. Perfected by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjan alongside Christopher Bailey, it fashions itself around an image of masculinity.

The scent opens with a blend of fresh tarragon with cinnamon which adds a interesting layer of spice. Infused with this is rich patchouli, layered atop to create an earthy base. Lavender weaves itself between these layers, softening up the scent with a hint of sensitivity. Rounding up the fragrance is a woody amber and smoky vetiver, bringing a masculine element to the table.

The bottle is an homage to Burberry’s black Heritage Trench Coat and its classic design. A weighted cap seals the fragrance, and is a strong reference to the coat’s horn-look buttons. This is garnished with a hand-tied knot in English-woven gabardine, a tip of the hat to the brand’s English origins and founder Thomas Burberry.

In addition, Burberry presents a limited edition Mr. Burberry grooming line. Aftershave balm, Hair and Beard Clay as well as face scrubs are each included as a set with the Mr. Burberry scent, to bring you the whole package. For an added personal touch, monogramming services of up to three initials on the perfume bottles are available. Simply visit selected Burberry and wholesale stores or log on to Burberry to find out how.

Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer of Burberry comments “Mr. Burberry is our most significant men’s fragrance to date. Inspired by the iconic Burberry trench coat and by London, a city of great contrasts and contradictions. It is traditional yet irreverent, elegant without being pristine. It perfectly encapsulates a mood and an attitude that today’s Burberry man will recognise as his own.”

Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum will be available online at Burberry and at Burberry ION Orchard from April 2017.

New fragrances for him: Bottega Veneta’s Pour Homme Parfum reinvents the signature fragrance

Dressed in a sleek bottle influenced by industrial accents, the Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is a scent for the strong, charismatic man. The scent features model Zak Steiner as the face — with his intense gaze and confidence against a black and white backdrop paralleling exactly what the Bottega Man embodies. The new Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is the classic scent with an added kick.

The Bottega Man is described as adventurous; spending hours hiking in the crisp, cool mountains. As he retreats, he stretches out onto aged leather cushions, and the rich scent fuses with the fresh essence of cedar leaves clinging to his skin from the outdoors. The weaving of these sensual aromas creates a sophisticated intensity, marking the evolution of the signature scent into a richer rendition with long-lasting diffusivity.

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Lauded to be a subtle classic scent, the fragrance opens with its signature earthy tone: hints of wood and spice notes weave their way, with punches of cedar leaves and rich cardamom. Creating an image of snow-capped trees and warm fires; this paves the way to the heart of the scent, unfurling to reveal the strong fir balsam and pimento. Rounding off, the scent melts into its endnotes with a sensuous leather accord, blending in harmony with bursts of Tonka bean to add a hint of pepper.

Only fitting that such a classic scent comes in a bottle to mirror it. The Parfum Box reflects the design house’s quality craftsmanship. Housed in Murano glass bottles alongside an intrecciato base and screw motif, the bottles come in three colours: jet-black, a smoky grey and gold. Available in two sizes, 50ml and 90ml, the scent is a twist on a classic.

This scent is a continuing partnership between master perfumer Daniela Andrier, Tomas Maier and perfumer Antoine Maisondieu. Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum is a vision of masculinity and a bolder variation of the brand’s original signature fragrance.

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New luxury fragrance: Giorgio Armani’s ‘Si Rose Signature’ dressed in a new couture design

Launched in 2016, Giorgio Armani “Si Rose Signature” is an ode to the modern woman, with a busy and bold, yet elegant persona. Like a rose—the scent’s hallmark ingredient—”Si Rose Signature” blooms each springtime with a collector edition bottle this 2017. With actress Cate Blanchett as the face of this campaign, the scent is reinterpreted with a new couture design showcasing the fragrance’s feminine and sensual sides.

The “Si Rose Signature” fragrance remains unchanged in this collector’s edition, with the same floral aroma as the 2016 original. The scent has a double rose accord — with May rose and Turkish rose — enriched with notes of bergamot, mandarin, freesia and blackcurrant aromas of Cassis Neo Jungle Essence. This is matched with iris and osmanthus, ambrette and vanilla notes. This is followed by base notes of ambrette absolute, Pure Jungle vanilla extract and patchouli.

This year, Giorgio Armani has dressed “Si Rose Signature” in a silky powder pink ribbon that winds around the fragrance’s Onyx lid and falls down over the glass bottle, where its two ends cross. The ribbon evokes the décolleté of a haute couture gown, with delicate and refined style. A discreet black circular badge bearing the fragrance’s name holds the ribbon’s crossover ends in place, echoing the deep black finish of the lid, which has golden rings at its base.

Developed by perfumer Julie Massé, who created “Si Intense” with Christine Nagel, this Eau de Parfum stands out with its twin rose notes. In fact, “Si Rose Signature” inherits the signature May rose notes of “Si” and pairs them with Damask rose.

Giorgio Armani “Si Rose Signature” is available in 50 ml (€89) and 100ml (€128) Eau de Parfum formats.The 2017 collector edition of “Si Rose Signature” is available now February 2017.

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Limited edition fragrance: Eau du Soir by Sisley provides some Christmas cheer

The smell of Christmas is in the air and the stockings are all set to be filled with gifts from loved ones. One item that many turn to, is a fragrance. While I would personally love for the scent of freshly baked cookies all year round, it would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to own a limited edition “Eau de Soir” by Sisley.

The famous scent is set to twinkle under those magical fairy lights, with its uniquely designed bottle. The black petals give us just a preview of the floral accord that sits at the heart of the fragrance. The linear patterns on the bottle stand out thanks to the glossy white lacquer bottle.

Our favourite element of the bottle, is the cap, that happens to be a work of art on its own. The gold adds to the grandeur of the limited edition Eau du Soir for 2016. The floral chypre scent is limited to 14,000 units worldwide so you may want to grab it before its too late.

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Lily-Rose Depp Stars In Chanel N.5 L’Eau Film

Lily-Rose Depp is not just Hollywood royalty — she is the daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis for those who are unfamiliar. The model and budding actress is also the youngest face of Chanel. For the upcoming holiday season, the brand has introduced a new N.5 L’Eau fragrance. With the younger Depp starring in the Chanel N.5 L’Eau film “You know me, and you don’t”, we get to learn more about the fragrance and what is store for the senses.

To watch the video, head to L’Officiel Singapore.

L'Envol de Cartier Men's Fragrance

L’Envol de Cartier: Taking Flight

This must be what the Gods of Olympus smell like — at least according to Mathilde Laurent and French luxury powerhouse Cartier. The in-house perfumer for Cartier has come up with the brand’s first men’s cologne, L’Envol de Cartier, in eight years and it is set to take everyone to greater heights. To create the scent is to bring to life an idea so that everyone can share it, according to Laurent. She shares that the fragrance was inspired by the exploration of self, where one has to overcome fears and have courage.L'Envol de Cartier Men's Fragrance

The main ingredient for the fragrance stems from ambrosia, a food that was consumed by the Greek gods conferring them with immortality and longevity. Of course, ambrosia doesn’t exist so Laurent had her work cut out for her. With accents of honey, wood, patchouli and musk, the eau de parfum is said to be strong yet not overpowering. In a nutshell, the fragrance is perfect for those who like to smell good without making a statement, as if that is their natural scent.L'Envol de Cartier Men's Fragrance

Cartier could have gone all out to seal the honey-colored scent in a complicated and artistic bottle. Instead, the firm chose one that was unique yet not over-the-top, much like the fragrance. Stored in a glass capsule, the fragrance is covered by a detachable dome that helps to capture and reflect light as it shines through the bottle. The idea behind the bottle, comes from having to protect something precious The refillable bottle also features the brand’s signature guilloche motif on the metal filligreed top. The result of the thought and care that goes into creating l’Envol de Cartier is a fragrance that is fuss-free and invigorating for anyone who wears it.

My Burberry Black

My Burberry Black Campaign Stars Lily James

The British fashion house Burberry is bringing its iconic black Heritage Trench to a sleek bottle with the new fragrance called My Burberry Black. Capturing not only elements of the trench but also the aroma of a London garden in the rain, the fragrance stars in its own campaign alongside British actress Lily James. Shot by none other than Mario Testino, the campaign is sensual and mysterious like the fragrance.

To find out more about the My Burberry Black fragrance and to watch the full campaign, visit L’Officiel Singapore.

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Bottled Luxury: Les Parfums Louis Vuitton

You might know Louis Vuitton for its timeless leather accessories and sturdy travel trunks, but now, the French luxury brand is also delving into the world of fragrances. As the first series in almost a century, it’s safe to say that the Maison is going all out in achieving the perfect scents for the collection, entitled Les Parfums Louis Vuitton.

The seven scents – Rose des Vents, Turbulences, Dans la Peau, Apogee, Contre Moi, Matiere Noire and Mille Feux – were exclusively designed by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud using special extraction techniques, so you can expect the purest of floral and leather – no surprises there – accents within.

The fragrances are set to be released in 100- and 200-ml sizes, and cost $240 and $350 respectively.

Find out more about Les Parfums Louis Vuitton at L’Officiel.com now.

"Galop" Hermes

Hermès Introduces New Fragrance “Galop“

Hermès is a leading luxury retailer and a dominant name in the world of fashion — a far cry from its roots as a saddle manufacturer. Paying homage to this, the luxury French brand has launched a new fragrance named “Galop” that also marks a new chapter in its history.

Two years after being appointed the in-house perfumer of Hermès, Christine Nagel is unveiling her first major creation for Hermès Parfums. To craft the scent, Nagel drew from two sources of inspiration. The first being the equestrian roots of the brand and the second a celebration of the modern woman. With a love for raw materials and skill for combining ingredients that typically clash, Nagel has earned a name for herself in the fragrance industry.

An example of this skill is seen in “Galop” where two unexpected ingredients play a key role in capturing the envisioned scent. Doblis calfskin — more frequently used in men’s scents — brings an animal side to the scent, whereas feminine and refined rose lifts the fragrance with a more sensual side. These two aromas are blended with notes of quince and saffron.

The fragrance is housed in a distinctive bottle that also pays homage to the brand’s heritage. Shaped like a stirrup and completed with a leather lace, it will certainly be difficult to forget the connection that the brand has with its history.

To find out more about “Galop”, visit Hermès.

Bulgari Rose Goldea Fragrance

Bulgari Rose Goldea: From Egypt, With Love

They may be known for their love of serpents — hence the Serpenti collection — but that has not stopped Bulgari from delving into the aromatic world of fragrances. With Egypt’s famous Cleopatra as a source of inspiration, the luxury brand brings us the Rose Goldea. To be precise, Bulgari drew from Cleopatra’s love life, to produce a fragrance that is feminine and sensual. If the tales of the Egyptian Queen’s love for snakes is true (and suicide by snakebite) then this pairing is one that was meant to be.

With the help of master perfumer Alberto Morillas, the Italian brand has created a fragrance that not only brings to mind the love rituals of Egyptian women but also fabled passion of ancient times. Having helped create several iconic fragrances such as Calvin Klein’s CK One and Lancôme’s Miracle, you can be rest assured that this creation is one that was created by a knowledgable nose.

Moral las explained his creative process: “The creation of Rose Goldea was an extraordinary adventure because we wanted to interpret the emotional dimension of a delicate flower: the highly prestigious Damas rose. The fraction that I used does not have the same scent as a classic rose: with this new fragrance, I wanted to illustrate the flower’s true natural freshness, youth and luminosity with the most translucent notes of musk.”

The fragrance reportedly opens with sparkling top notes of rose petal extract, pomegranate heart and musk, combined with Damas rose and jasmine grandiflorum. The base consists of notes of sensual musks, creamy sandalwood and incense. In a gold and pink bottle, the shiny surface is a nod to the Serpenti design by Bulgari.

To learn more about the Rose Goldea eau de parfum, visit Bulgari.

Penhaligon’s 2 New Trade Routes Scents

Egypt has long been known for its use of scents (think frankincense) and now Penhaligon’s is capturing the essence of Egypt in two new fragrances joining the brand’s Trade Routes Collection. The additions are the perfumer, Christian Provenzano’s way of paying tribute to Britain’s trade route from the 19th century that helped bring precious ingredients from faraway lands to Britain. Following on from the Persian Gulf, India, the Caribbean, the Turkish village of Halfeti and the Moroccan coastal city of Essaouira, Egypt is the latest source of inspiration for the collection, resulting in not one but two new fragrances.

The first of the two fragrances, Oud de Nil takes us on a journey of the Nile, where Egypt’s natural resources inspire the scent. From the initial hints of bergamont and grapefruit to the jasmine, rose, geranium and orange flower at the heart of the scent, it is easy to imagine the famous trade route. The base of the perfume is one that is dry and created by plants and precious woods such as oud, papyrus, amber, resin and Guaiac wood.

The second of the fragrances is Alizarin that highlights the red dye that is indigenous to Egypt since antiquity. A perfect match for those who prefer a more intense scent, the mysterious perfume is a combination of mandarin, narcisse, tuberose, mimosa and iris. Oud, leather, vetiver and olibanum form the base notes of the fragrance. The two fragrances that will be launched in August, join other scents such as Empressa, Levantium, Lothair, Halfeti and As Sawira in the Trade roués collection.

Chloë Grace Moretz Fronts Coach Fragrance

Oh, to be a 19-year-old in tinseltown these days. As the new generation starts their inevitable reign in Hollywood, we hear more brands courting the rising stars for campaigns. The latest to join the list is Coach with its appointment of Chloë Grace Moretz as the face of its new women’s fragrance.

Due to be unveiled in September, “Coach the Fragrance” will see the young actress star in a campaign shot by American fashion photographer Steven Meisel. The fragrance is inspired by the energy of New York City, and features top notes of raspberry leaves, pink pepper and pear. It also includes middle notes of Authentic Turkish Accord and is finished with a base note of Suede Musk Accord and hints of sandlewood.

Moretz is no stranger to the campaign, having worked with the brand since January 2015. Her modern all-American girl look, free-spirited attitude, authenticity and natural beauty are the perfect fit for the all American fragrance.

Givenchy Launches New “Live Irrésistible”

“Live Irrésistible” – Givenchy’s latest fragrance is as uplifting and audacious as its name suggests. A flirtatious mix of floral, fruity and spicy, this Eau de Toilette opens with a juicy burst of pear and juicy raspberry for a refreshing zing. In the heart, romantic rose notes add sensuality, before a base of Jamaican allspice, blonde wood and musk creates a mesmerizing dry down.

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In various shades of candy pink, the slender, textured bottle encapsulates the scent’s uplifting joie de vivre. Amanda Seyfried lends her face to the “Live Irrésistible” campaign once again, sporting her charming personality in a TV ad filmed by Matthew Frost and a magazine ad by Matt Irwin.

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Like its Eau de Parfum predecessor, this Eau de Toilette version was developed by famed perfumer Dominique Ropion – the nose behind Lancôme’s “La Vie est Belle”, Paco Rabanne’s “Invictus”, Dior’s “Pure Poison” and Givenchy’s “Amarige” – and will be available in 40ml and 75ml options.

Chanel Unveils New Allure Homme Sport Campaign

Shot by talented young photographer and director Jacob Sutton, the new Chanel Allure Homme Sport campaign highlights the adventurous and sporty side of men.

The new men’s fragrance campaign features three talented young men – Hugo Parisi, Adam Crigler and Luke Grimes – that showcase the spirit of Allure Homme Sport.

Find out more about the new campaign and watch the campaign videos at Men’s Folio Malaysia.

Scent of Italy: Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano

Although we may not all be able to experience the vast cultural heritage and lush landscapes of Italy, except probably as a vacation now and then, Italian fashion label Bottega Veneta says it has bottled the experience into the Parco Palladiano fragrance collection. Bottega Veneta aims to convey the pure sense and spirit of the Veneto region in Italy, and especially the scents from the garden of its famed Palladian villas, with its new unisex fragrance collection.

“Palladio is a source of endless inspiration for me in many ways,” says Tomas Maier, who conceived and oversaw the collection. “My father was an architect who studied the work of Palladio, so his teachings have always been part of my life even before I started as creative director at Bottega Veneta. Palladio was an artisan as well as an architect who sought balance and harmony in everything. The Palladian gardens that inspire this ‘Parco Palladiano’ collection represent a perfection on earth and an agricultural utopia.”

Priced at $296 for a 100ml bottle, the whole collection will come in the form of six scents, each with different ingredient or aroma for the region. These include magnolia, cypress leaves, sun-ripened pear, azalea flowers, aromatic herbs (laurel, rosemary, sage), and, the queen of flowers, rose. These scents were developed from two years of testing and concocting various experiences and moments from the gardens. Maier called on three perfumers for this: Michel Almairac and Daniela Andrier, who have already worked with Bottega Veneta, and Alexis Dadier, who works with the brand for the first time.

With the release of these scents, Bottega Veneta has done well to honor the region that they’ve been a part of since the brand was founded in 1966. The six bottles in the collection will be sold exclusively in Bottega Veneta boutiques.

Lily-Rose Depp Fronts Chanel No 5 L’Eau Campaign

Lily-Rose Depp was famous from birth and the adoring public wanted her to be destined for greater things. At the tender age of 16, the teenager has already walked the runway for Karl Lagerfeld, modeled Chanel’s Pearl eyewear and is now the new face of Chanel No 5 L’Eau. Oh, if you don’t know who Depp is, just think hard on her last name…

Her appointment is appropriate seeing as the new fragrance is presented as a youthful makeover to the classic Chanel No 5 scent. Created by Olivier Polge, the campaign for the fragrance will be shot by Swedish director Johan Renck and will released later this year.

The budding actress, who will be appearing in three summer releases this year, joins the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman and Gisele Bündchen in becoming a Chanel fragrance ambassador. Her long history with the brand can even be traced back to her mother (we hope you have figured this out by now), who has been a Chanel ambassador since the ‘90s. Needless to say, this is one teenager to look out for.

Find out more about the new fragrance at L’Officiel Malaysia.

Margot Robbie Fronts Calvin Klein Campaign

There is a first for everything. In the case of Margot Robbie, she will soon star in her very first fragrance campaign. Set to debut in fall, the fragrance in question is Deep Euphoria by Calvin Klein.

The third fragrance to be released in the Euphoria range will see the Suicide Squad starlet appear in Calvin Klein’s global print and television advertising campaign. The Australian is already a fan of the brand’s design house it seems, having worn a white silk Calvin Klein gown to the Met Gala earlier this week. Being the face of its fragrance campaign seems only fitting.

Calvin Klein released the original Euphoria perfume back in 2005 and picked Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova for the campaign. Nearly a decade later, model Vanessa Axente fronted the Endless Euphoria campaign. The new fragrance is said to be the “more modern, empowered sister” to the existing two fragrances.