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Miss Aura by Swarovski

A new Swarovski fragrance for September

Miss Aura by Swarovski

Two years after launching Aura, Swarovski is unveiling new butterfly-themed fragrance Miss Aura, a fruity-floral perfume available in September.

Developed by noses Veronique Nyberg and Alienor Massenet, Miss Aura is softer than its predecessor. With an opening fruity scent of pink grapefruit, litchi and ivy, the fragrance then combines rose and buddleia with vetiver wood and patchouli.

Inspired by the original Aura, the bottle is covered with pink and silver butterflies taking flight. The top of the bottle features a Swarovski crystal.

A limited edition of Miss Aura will be in stores in September at €40 (30ml) or €60 (50ml).

Burberry Store Logo

Burberry set to launch new men’s scent

burberry store

Burberry will soon release its first fragrance to be produced in-house after the brand announced it would go it alone without a separate perfume licensee in April this year.

Since creative director Christopher Bailey took over at Burberry in 2001, music has undeniably become an integral part of the London-based luxury label’s DNA.

Whether it’s the brand’s live shows, sponsored performances or the music section on the site, there’s a certain rock ‘n’ roll guitar-toting aesthetic that Bailey has tried to blend into the fashion brand. And music was the main inspiration for the new men’s scent, Burberry Brit Rhythm.

“It’s really that kind of adrenaline feeling that you get from music. The effect of hairs rising on the back of your neck. The moment where you are anticipating your favorite band coming on, or when you are listening to a beautiful piece,” Bailey told WWD.

Concocted by Dominique Ropion, Anne Flipo and Olivier Polge the fragrance reportedly opens with a blend of basil, spicy cardamom and juniper berries. The heart of ‘Rhythm’ mixes black leather, patchouli and styrax resin while base notes of cedar, incense and tonka bean round out the scent.

“It’s a sexy fragrance because I think there is a sexiness to that kind of rock ‘n’ roll world. It’s very leathery. It’s sexy and a little bit smoky and sensuous and I kind of like that idea of skin and leather. They were the starting points,” explained Bailey.

Bottled in a textured glass flask (featuring the Burberry check), the eau de toilette will comes in three sizes: 90 ml ($79), 50 ml ($60) and 30 ml (for $49), joined by an aftershave balm and shower gel.

Private Blend London by Tom Ford

Tom Ford creates exclusive scent for London

Private Blend London by Tom Ford

In celebration of his first London standalone store, Tom Ford is releasing a fragrance titled Private Blend London. It will be sold exclusively at the new location for its first six months.

The 8,000-square-foot store, which had a soft opening earlier this week, is located on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge, and stocks the full Tom Ford offer.

The scent opens with a mix of spices including black pepper, saffron, cardamom, coriander, cumin and coffee. It then opens up into floral geraniums and jasmine as well as incense and cistus oil. As usual with Ford’s scents there’s a woody base containing oud, cedar and torchwood, as well as birch tar oil.

Private Blend London is available in a range of sizes from 50ml (£140) up to a 250ml decanter (£320).

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Legere

Lancôme unveils a lighter take on La Vie est Belle

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Legere

The French brand celebrates the first anniversary of its fragrance La Vie est Belle with the soft and delicate Eau de Parfum Légère, out internationally in August.

Developed by perfumers Anne Flipo, Olivier Polge and Dominique Ropion, the lighter version contains iris and white musk scents, combined with jasmine sambac, orange blossom, pure patchouli essence and Pallida iris, finished off with a sweet touch of tonka bean, vanilla and praline.

Eau de Parfum Légère will be released on August 26, with a 30ml bottle going for 50€. Julia Roberts will promote the La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum Légère as she did the original fragrance.

Aqua Vitae by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian releases Aqua Vitae scent

Aqua Vitae by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

The acclaimed French perfumer who has been behind some of the noughties’ biggest hit scents has returned with a new scent, titled Aqua Vitae.

Kurkdjian was apparently on Formentera in the Balearic Islands when the idea for his latest fragrance inspired by ‘the water of life’ came to him, describing the finished scent: “like the shiver of pleasure on the back of the neck just before something wonderful occurs.”

Set to drop in August, the masculine fragrance is “carnal by nature and delicate in essence” with a blend of fresh citrus, woody and musky elements.

Calabrese lemons, Sicilian mandarins, and Brazilian tonka beans are all balanced over a guaiac wood base. The eau de toilette spray will be available in two sizes, 200ml (€175) and 70ml (€115).

After creating Jean-Paul Gaultier’s smash hit Le Mâle in 1995, Kurkdjian went on to create fragrances for brands including Dior, Lanvin and Armani and set up his own bespoke perfume house in 2009.

Marc Jacobs muscular doll

Honey fragrance by Marc Jacobs coming July 15

Marc Jacobs Honey Fragrance

Marc Jacobs is launching a brand new fragrance, Honey, this summer. Joining existing scents Daisy, Dot and Lola, the bottle is a reimagining of Jacobs’ Dot design.

The product of a collaboration between perfumer Annie Buzantian and nose Ann Gottlied, this new fruity-floral essence features pear, fruit punch and mandarin, combined with orange blossom, peach nectar and honeysuckle and the scents of honey, intense vanilla and soft wood.

Like Dot, the bottle features polka dots in summery colors, but this time black and yellow striped butterflies seem to be collecting pollen from the fragrance.

Honey will be sold beginning July 15, starting at 45€ for the 30ml bottle.

eau de toilette by Repetto

First Repetto perfume to be released on July 1

eau de toilette by Repetto

Announced at the end of 2011, the first fragrance by Repetto will be in stores on Monday, July 1. This precious scent is inspired by the movements, curves and elegance of ballerinas.

After revealing its first ready-to-wear collection in 2012, the brand — originally specialized in ballet shoes — is releasing this fragrance created by nose Olivier Polge.

The Repetto Eau de Toilette is based on a rose scent, mixed with pear, cherry tree flowers and orange blossom. This floral alliance ends with vanilla pod and a touch of amber wood.

“My goal was to create a handmade effect and bring together luxurious and authentic bases, such as powdery musky rose, which is the spirit of femininity. The result is a purified formula with essence of rose and vanilla,” explains the perfume maker.

This Eau de Toilette also comes with a body lotion. It will be available for a starting price of €39 (30ml).

Repetto perfume ad campaign

Robert Pattinson Dior

First look: Robert Pattinson’s Dior ad

Robert Pattinson Dior

Robert Pattinson has been named as the latest face of Dior Homme fragrance. The 27-year-old British actor will star in a new campaign for the brand set to hit magazines and TVs soon.

“Today we are excited to announce that he will join the privileged circle of Dior faces. Photographed by American artist Nan Goldin and filmed by French director Romain Gavras, this new Dior Homme communication campaign is currently broadcast exclusively in Europe (except UK) and Asia (except China and Japan),” said Dior in a statement picked up by the Telegraph today.

The fashion house shared the photo (seen above) via Twitter, saying it was “delighted” to be working with the “Twilight” star.

The rumors of the collaboration first emerged last year, with sources close to the star reporting that he had signed a $12 million contract to replace fellow actor Jude Law as the face of the fragrance.

Other faces of the brand include Best Actress Oscar-winning trio Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, and Natalie Portman, who have recently promoted perfume and bags under the Dior banner.

Born in London in 1986, Robert Pattinson first played in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before hitting global success with his role as Edward in the teen vampire thrillers of the Twilight saga.

Hermes travel sprays

Hermès releases new travel spray bottles

Hermes travel sprays

Hermès has added four new colorful options (‘bleu galice’ blue, ‘rose crevette’, ‘vert canopée’ green and ‘jaune soufre’ yellow) to its line of pocketable travel perfume bottles for summer 2013.

The handstiched leather travel cases come in two sizes: a clutch friendly 10ml bottle plus refill (€203) and a larger 75ml bottle plus refill (€223).

The glass perfume refills are also sold separately, with the scent options for the sprays including the classic Voyage d’Hermès, Un jardin sur le Nil and 24, Faubourg.

The pocket sprays are available exclusively at Hermès boutiques.

Lacoste L1212 Noir fragrance

Lacoste announces new ‘Noir’ men’s scent

Lacoste L1212 Noir

The French lifestyle label Lacoste has announced a new men’s fragrance, set to hit stores this summer.

In 2011 the brand released three scents inspired by its famous polo shirts, followed by a fourth fragrance, Rouge, which came out last year. Now Lacoste has added a fifth scent to the line-up, Noir.

According to Carla Liuni, vice president of fashion brands for P&G Prestige, Noir “still remains in the fresh olfactive territory, but it’s a bit more intense,” reported WWD.

The bottle, like its brothers in the five-strong ‘L.12.12’ range, is partially textured to evoke the brand’s classic polos and features the famous Lacoste crocodile logo.

Noir will be launched in May in the US and UK, the Middle East and parts of Europe.

It will then get a July release in France, Spain, Benelux, Germany and Asia before finally hitting Russian and Latin American markets in August.

The 30-ml eau de toilette spray will go on sale for €40 (about $52) and a larger 100-ml. version will retail at €67 (around $87).

Founded in 1933, the Lacoste brand is celebrating its 80th birthday this year, and has created a special site to celebrate the history of the iconic René Lacoste piqué cotton polo shirt.

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried for Givenchy’s Very Irresistible

Amanda Seyfried Givenchy

Amanda Seyfried is the new face of Givenchy’s iconic perfume Very Irresistible. She steps up to replace Liv Tyler, who sang in the ad video of Very Irresistible Givenchy Electric Rose in 2012.

Amanda Seyfried has starred in 20 movies, including “Mamma Mia!” and “Les Miserables.” The American actress has also featured on the cover of several magazines, but has rarely appeared in ad campaigns. She has already posed, however, in a campaign for Shiseido.

RobertoCavalli Acqua

Roberto Cavalli Acqua by Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli Acqua

As summer draws nearer, Italian house Cavalli has unveiled a new fragrance inspired by turquoise water, azure skies and glamorous nights in the Mediterranean.

Created by Louise Turner as a successor to Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum, Roberto Cavalli Acqua introduces a delicate blend of lily of the valley and jasmine resting on sensual musk.

As brand ambassador, actress Elisa Sednaoui appears in a campaign image casting a seductive look over her shoulder while wearing a backless animal print dress.

The color of Mediterranean water, the new Cavalli bottle was given a gold color stopper decorated with a band of animal print. Roberto Cavalli Acqua will retail for €41 (30ml).

Comme des Garcons BLACK

Comme des Garçons reveals BLACK fragrance

Comme des Garcons BLACK

French-Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons is releasing a new scent for the BLACK diffusion line. BLACK eau de toilette is described as “an emergency, guerrillalike, spiced-up new scent.”

The BLACK Commes des Garçons brand was born in 2009 at the nadir of the global financial crisis, as an attempt to inspire a little ironic cheer and counter some of what the brand calls the “general negativity engendered by the recession.”

The scent opens with Madagascan black pepper and Somali incense, while the heart is composed of leather, liquorice, birch tar, and pepperwood.All of this plays out over a base of cedarwood and vetiver

Comme des Garçons has created a matte black and white graphic design, screen-printed directly onto the glass bottle.

Available exclusively at the brand’s BLACK stores in New York, Paris and Berlin between April 2 and 15, the fragrance will be launched internationally on April 16 at all Comme des Garçons boutiques.

Les Colognes Hermes

Hermès launches two new masculine scents

Les Colognes Hermes

At the start of this month, Parisian luxury brand Hermès added two new scents to its Les Colognes Hermès line, the Eau de Mandarine Ambrée and the Eau de Narcisse Bleu.

Created by the brand’s exclusive in-house nose, Jean-Claude Ellena, the two new scents are available in eau de toilette in two different sized sprays 100ml (€89) and 200ml (€117).

Ellena has been working solely for Hermès since 2004, producing some of the brand’s best-loved fragrances including Terre d’Hermès and Voyage d’Hermès. Prior to that, he concocted scents for luxury brands including Van Cleef & Arpels, Balenciaga and Bulgari.

Described by Hermès as “cheeky yet gentle,” the Eau de Mandarine Ambrée captures the fresh acidity of mandarins, with some ambery complexity and a twist of passion fruit. The Narcisse Bleu scent combines orange blossom and galbanum with narcissus and finishes with a delicate woody drydown.

Cate Blanchett photo

Cate Blanchett new face of Giorgio Armani fragrances

Cate Blanchett for Giorgio armani

Australian actress Cate Blanchett has reportedly just signed a $10 million dollar deal as the new face of Giorgio Armani fragrances.

The deal has not yet been officially confirmed and representatives for Armani were unavailable for comment. Nonetheless, the designer has already stated that Blanchett “epitomizes the woman for whom I design,” and the star is reportedly set to shoot a series of fragrance campaigns for the brand.

Cate Blanchett AACTA 2013

Regularly spotted in Armani on the red carpet, the actress is also the face of Procter & Gamble luxury skincare brand SK-II, but this will be her first fragrance deal.

The 43-year-old actress joins a host of Hollywood actresses with ties to fragrance brands, including fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman, who starred in a series of ads for Chanel No. 5.

gentlemen only

Givenchy introduces “Gentlemen-Only” fragrance

Givenchy releases a new fragrance for men named Gentlemen Only. The campaign stars Simon Baker alongside Cameron Russell lensed by photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The actor is depicted using his umbrella to shelter Cameron in the pouring rain with a pure gentleman sense of chivalry.

givenchy gentlemen only simon baker

According to fashiongonerogue, Gentleman Only has a neo-aromatic woody scent that gives off a spicy freshness with notes of green mandarine orange, pink peppercorns, nutmeg and birch leaves.

Givenchy Gentlemen Only Bottle

Prada Candy fragrance

Prada releases teaser of new fragrance film

Prada Candy fragrance

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola have directed a new short for Prada’s Candy L’Eau fragrance.

Starring 27-year-old French actress and model Léa Seydoux, Prada has released a teaser video from the latest campaign for the Prada Candy L’Eau perfume.

Seydoux starred in the last advert for the fragrance back in 2011, which was directed by famous French art director and photographer Jean-Paul Goude.

In the new teaser, Seydoux’s character introduces herself to a pair of male characters as ‘Candy’ and is seen greedily stuffing her face with popcorn in the cinema, all while dressed in Prada’s floral-inspired spring-summer 2013 collection.

The full film is set to be unveiled next month, but get set for more teasers in the meantime.

NinaRicci AirduTemps

Olivia Putman redesigns Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps

Nina Ricci Air du Temps

Nina Ricci‘s L’Air du Temps fragrance was launched in 1948 and its bottle design has since been reworked by major artists. After Joan Rebull, Andy Warhol and David Hamilton, it is now designer, interior architect and landscape artist Olivia Putman’s turn to give her take on the bottle.

This new version of the bottle remains quite faithful to the original, with the subtle touches that come with the Putman style (Olivia is Andrée Putman’s daughter). Blue is added to the extremely feminine original bottle and its curves rise up to meet the famous glass birds on top of the bottle.

The essence is still the same: 30 components including jasmine, rose, gardenia, bergamot, violet, iris, sandalwood and musk. This Olivia Putman collector’s edition of L’Air du Temps will be on sale from May 2 at 85 euros for a 100 ml spray.