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 →
On Friday, February 22, Dior unveiled a new ad campaign for Miss Dior directed by Sofia Coppola. The film shows actress Natalie Portman looking refined and radiant.
After sharing two teasers for its campaign, the luxury fashion house finally revealed the film directed by Sofia Coppola. As usual, Natalie Portman looks elegant in her role as a fresh and radiant Miss Dior.
In various shots, the American actress, who is wearing a Dior Couture dress by Raf Simons, is carried away by love, in keeping with the theme for the new campaign.
Sahara Noir by Tom Ford will launch at select locations in the Middle East this March before rolling out to Europe in early summer.
Tom Ford has gone on an Oriental adventure with his new frankincense-based scent, using the history and culture of the region to build an impressive new scent specially designed for the Middle East.
“Middle Eastern culture has an extraordinary appreciation for the luxurious, emotional and memorable qualities of fragrance; perfume is worn there in a way that feels very familiar to me. Sahara Noir is my interpretation of this heritage,” said Tom Ford.
The fragrance opens with bitter orange, sweet oasis grasses and Levantine cypress. The heart is composed of frankincense that is offset with cinnamon, Egyptian jamine and Moroccan rose. Sahara Noir finishes with cedar and vanilla tones.
Presented in a gold version of the classic Tom Ford fragrance bottle, the perfume is packaged in a fluted gold box. Prices are not yet available.
As summer approaches, Paco Rabanne has a new fragrance on the way. The brand will offer a sensual variation of its iconic men’s fragrance 1 Million from March 1.
The fragrance, called 1 Million Intense, has top notes of blood mandarin, cardamom, black pepper and saffron. Rose absolute, neroli and cinnamon form the perfume’s heart. The base is made up of white leather, orris root, patchouli and sandalwood. Prices start at 56 euros for a 50 ml spray.
The 2 stars of Lady Million and 1 Million – Dree Hemingway and Matt Gordon – will be back for the new campaign. The shots by Nathaniel Goldberg and the black & white video by Paul Gore were inspired by iconic Hollywood imagery, especially Goldfinger.
Lacoste has launched a fresh new light fragrance for women designed for summer. The Eau de Lacoste will roll out in retail points this spring.
Eau de Lacoste has a variety of fruity and floral notes such as white pineapple, mandarin, bergamot, orange blossom and jasmine. These are coupled with notes of sandalwood, vanilla and vetiver.
The bottle’s design features many of Lacoste’s codes, from the crocodile engraved on the bottle down to the texturized cap in the brand’s signature stitched knit.
Lacoste has chosen American actress Amy Adams as the face of this new eau de parfum. “Amy has a natural grace and modernity that both women and men admire. She captures the mood of Lacoste in a truly engaging way,” explained Antoine Delgrange, the international marketing director of P&G Prestige.
Eau de Lacoste comes in 30, 50 and 90 mL eau de parfum sprays. Prices start at €39.
Luxury fragrances are set to be the sixth-best-selling item this holiday season, moving up from eighth place in 2011, according to an annual survey of holiday purchases by consumer group NPD. Continue reading →