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.
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).
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.
Jimmy Choo has disclosed the details of its third fragrance, a limited-edition flanker of its very first perfume. This new fruity/floral essence is inspired by the luscious leathers of the brand’s collections. Continue reading →
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 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.
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).
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.
A new fragrance has been added to Boss The Collection, the fashion house’s line of exceptional men’s colognes. This 6th opus will be available from June 1 in selected upmarket department stores and Hugo Boss stores. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just like the last watch collection it presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), Van Cleef & Arpels chose to center its new fragrance for women on the same themes: the imaginary world, enchantment and poetry. Continue reading →