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Tom Ford Private Collection: Les Extraits Verts

Three new fragrances join the Tom Ford private collection, centered on reintroducing lush green scents for today.

Vetiver is the note most immediately thought of when green is mentioned in perfumery. It is, however, nefariously capricious. Depending on where the plant is from and the extraction methods, you can get a spectrum of crispy astringence to earthy woodiness. Tom Ford’s unisex Private Collection Les Extraits Verts ($330 each, for 50ml) is his foray into unearthing – pun unintended – and savouring the varied qualities of these green notes.

Perhaps the most feminine of the collection, Vert Bohème plays up a gorgeously sun-kissed jasmine and magnolia accord, and juxtaposes that warmth and brightness with the moodier sulk of Haitian vetiver. There’s a lilting quality to this scent – at times, sunbursts of honey break through and lift the scent up again, bringing it life through its impressive lasting power. Bohème simultaneously summons the plushness of footstep-muffling carpets with its inviting floral accords and the wet crunch of leaves underfoot from crisp vetiver – a commendable feat of charming perfumery.

The incense quality of Vert d’Encens is created through a smoky accord of oud and ambergris. After the initial explosion of heavy woods and spiced smoke, a striking note of bitter orange comes to the fore, wrapping up the scent with a modulated geniality. There’s also a crunchy effect of starfruit – you can almost feel the stark bite, swirling ever so slightly underneath the namesake haze of incense. Encens isn’t so much an ode to the religious rituality of Japanese or Indian incense sticks, but leans toward a Lutensian treatment of oriental bases with overripe and sweetened plums. While the opening is polarising and vivid, it settles very quickly into a smoky skin scent with a refined side of complimentary greens.

The woody entry in the range, Vert des Bois brings a more masculine smouldering sensuality to the other’s relative femininity. Its opening blast is redolent of sandalwood and spicy pepperwood. It’s a dichotomising entrance that recalls the sour acridity of dried woods: easy to hate, but rewarding when endured. Minutes in, the floral notes of jasmine, olive leaves, and aged plum come to the fore, smoothing the edges of the opening’s brusqueness. This isn’t a fragrance for fans of evanescence dancing atop skin – rather, it sits with legs firmly crossed. This fragrance has a duality that recalls the great Orientals of the ’70s with its unabashed weight and smokiness, along with modern gourmand tastes (jasmine, poplar seeds, and tonka bean).

This story was first published in l’Officiel Singapore.

Lily-Rose Depp Chanel No.5 L'Eau

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.

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Philippe Starck Launches “Parfums Starck Paris”

If you’ve always wanted to take in more of Philippe Starck’s ingenuity, your wishes have been granted. The French designer and architect has moved into the world of perfumery with his artisanal fragrance range “Parfums Starck Paris”. Don’t expect to see the exclusive series at your neighborhood departmental store though. The set of three eau de toilette scents will only be carried exclusively at Neiman Marcus and its online store.

And because the fragrances bear the Starck name, they’re housed in one of the coolest bottles we’ve come across. The scents are equally mystifying; named ‘Peau de Soie’, ‘Peau de A’llieurs’ and ‘Peau de Pierre,’ they were personally concocted by Starck for three years to achieve unusual olfactory concepts, such as the scent of “elsewhere” in ‘Peau de A’illieurs’.

A risky move for the renowned designer to enter the already-saturated market for perfume but the abstract bottles and scent of “elsewhere” might just be what you’ve been looking for your whole life.

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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.

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.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian: Scents of Paris

Forgoing the usual boundaries separating men’s and women’s fragrances, Maison Francis Kurkdjian recently released two new scents that capture the company’s interpretation of night and day. Named the Petit Matin and Grand Soir, the scents are inspired by the city of Paris where dawn is fresh and quiet and evenings host the spotlights that shine from the monuments.

Petit Matin

Petit Matin

With Petit Matin, the brand interprets the time of day when the air is fresh and inviting. Using the Indonesian plant litsea cubeba and Calabrian lemon for the opening notes, the fragrance gives way to lavandin and hawthorn. Following the heart of the scent are the base notes of amber and musky aromas.

For the Grand Soir, the Maison invites one to revel in the magic, energy and mysteries that Paris has to offer when the sun goes down. Slightly more dramatic and intense than the first fragrance, the Grand Soir is a mix of vanilla, bensoin and tonka beans from Brazil as well as cistus labdanum from Spain.

Grand Soir

Grand Soir

In the words of Francis Kurkdjian: “The fresh feeling of early morning (Petit Matin). The energy of a big night out (Grand Soir). I live in sync with the rhythms of Paris, this enchanting, luminous city. These special moments have inspired two new fragrances which take us on an olfactory journey in the City of Light”. The two fragrances will be launched exclusively in Paris at both Maison Francis Kurkdjian stores and at La Belle Parfumerie within the Printemps store. Come September, they will be made available at all approved retailers.

To find out more about Petit Matin and Grand Soir, visit Maison Francis Kurkdijan.

4 Luxury Summer Fragrances for Men

Confidence comes from the perfect outfit and the right attitude. At Men’s Folio Singapore, they know that what seals the deal is the right fragrance. We share an office with them and can always smell them before we see them yet they never overpower our senses, which is a compliment, we assure you. The experts at men’s fashion and lifestyle share with us four luxury fragrances for men that will not only add character but also shape your identity.

To read on about the fragrances, visit Men’s Folio Singapore.

Flower Power: Annick Goutal Rose Pompon EDT

Even before you spritz or smell the Annick Goutal Rose Pompon EDT fragrance on yourself, you “hear” it first. The bottle comes with a black cord and a couple of tinkling charms around its neck.

Perfumer Camille Goutal, daughter of the late Annick who passed away from cancer in 1999, tells L’Officiel Singapore Contributing Editor Pearlyn Tham that the creation of Rose Pompon was inspired by the energy of youth. “I looked at my younger friends in their 20s and love how they have so much fun and how everything is possible when you are young,” the 41-year-old said when she was in Singapore recently for the launch of the perfume.

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To capture “the joyfulness and dynamism of young Parisian women out for drinks with friends”, Camille bottled Rose Pompon in a sugary deep pink flacon (most of the brand’s other fragrances come in clear glass bottles). She made the scent a fresh and playful rose – using Bulgarian rose essence – but added blackcurrant and raspberry to give it a more sparkling, fruity edge.

“Rose Pompon is more sugary but not too much,” Camille added when asked to compare her concoction with the increasing number of rose-infused perfumes in the market.

The scent is light and breezy, more fruity than floral at first. But the initial zest soon settles down into something more feminine. Yet, it never becomes overpowering or too floral.

The secret, Camille shares, is in how the brand uses a lot of natural ingredients, not synthetic ones that can make perfumes smell too heady. “The quality of the ingredients is important. For instance, when one uses synthetic jasmine and not real jasmine, you can smell the difference even when you know nothing about fragrances.”

In Singapore, it is available exclusively at Escentials Paragon and Escentials Tangs.

3 questions with Camille

What smells do you love most?
“The scent of my daughters’ necks for sure. And also the smell of horses and the leather of their saddles. The smell of the leather drives me crazy! Maybe it reminds me of the freedom I experience when I’m horse-riding.”

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Which are your daughters’ favorite Annick Goutal fragrances?

“They are 13 and 17, and love Rose Absolue and also La Violette, which is popular among French women.”

Annick Goutal Songes

And yours?
“Songes, which I created for myself. The formula is very complex with a lot of spices and frangipani, and the name means ‘to daydream’.”

Story Credits
Text by Pearlyn Tham

This article was originally published in L’Officiel Singapore

Toni Garrn is face of Elie Saab ‘Le Parfum’

German model Toni Garrn has been revealed as the new face of haute couture mainstay Elie Saab’s “Le parfum.”

Photographs from the campaign feature the German beauty wearing a backless silk chiffon gown that billows in the wind, contrasting with the high-rise urban landscape seen in the background.

Garrn first broke into the international modeling scene in 2008 with a Calvin Klein contract. She has since gone on to walk the runway for brands including Stella McCartney, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Previous fragrance campaigns include her role as the face of “Simply” by Jil Sander.

Le Vestiaire des Parfums

Yves Saint Laurent creates a wardrobe of scents

Le Vestiaire des Parfums

The French luxury fashion brand presents a new fragrance range entitled “Le Vestiaire des Parfums” based on olfactory reinterpretation of YSL’s cult wardrobe pieces.

Iconic items like the Tuxedo, Caban (pea coat), Saharienne (safari tunic dress), Trench and Caftan (kaftan) have been transformed into exceptional scents that represent the origins and spirit of each piece.

After having conceived, sketched and designed a complete feminine wardrobe, Yves Saint Laurent beauty is now composing a perfume wardrobe inspired by iconic items that define the label’s history.

Caftan, trench, saharienne, caban and tuxedo are all pieces that have a masculine element to them if not simply gender neutral, yet each of these items have become a fixture of feminine chic in the style of Yves Saint Laurent. Now each iconic garment has been transformed into a signature scent for women.

A tailor-made perfume wardrobe

YSL Le Vestiaire des Parfums

The spirit and universe of each selected garment has been examined and analyzed to better understand its character before choosing the ingredients required. The aim of the fashion house was to create five fragrances that not only represented as truthfully as possible the original piece but also would evoke what each piece signified to the designer.

Characterized by the color black and a matte texture, the Tuxedo scent is represented by a mix of spices and patchouli; the comfortable aspect of Caban is interpreted by tonka bean and pink pepper whereas the sunny luminosity of the Saharienne is felt through notes of neroli and white musk. The exotic character of the Caftan is highlighted by notes of incense and benzoin while the refinement of the Trench is expressed through citrus-fruit notes and iris flower.

The Le Vestiaire des Parfums collection are launching this month in select stores and through the YSL site. Price: €240 for 125 ml (eau de parfum)

Sauvage Dior

WATCH Johnny Depp’s Short Film for Dior Sauvage

After releasing a teaser clip back in August, the full, director’s cut of Johnny Depp’s Dior Sauvage campaign has finally been released.

The ad, filmed by Jean-Baptiste Mondiano, shows Johnny Depp driving out of Los Angeles in a vintage Dodge Challenger. Depp says into the camera, “I gotta get out of here. Which way? I don’t know… Dior.”

WATCH: LILY-ROSE DEPP IS THE NEW FACE OF CHANEL

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The film also features an original track from slide guitarist Ry Cooder. The scent, due out on September 2, takes off from the original 1966 version but attempts to make it more modern, strong and masculine.

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler to make first foray into fragrance

Proenza Schouler

American fashion label Proenza Schouler will be launching its first perfume with L’Oréal.

Under a new, long-term licensing agreement with the beauty giant, Proenza Schouler will create and develop fine fragrances bearing its brand name.

Proenza Schouler will join a part of the division that also houses Viktor & Rolf, Diesel, Maison Margiela and Cacharel.

Sisley presents its newest fragrance “Soir d’Orient”

 has unveiled its latest fragrance, Soir d’Orient (“Oriental Night”) which is directly inspired by the warmth and mystery of Andalusia, a Southern region of Spain where the culture was fundamentally influenced by the Arabs who ruled the land for over 500 years.

More than simple summer night stroll through Andalusia, this unisex variation of Sisley’s iconic Eau du Soir takes us to a gothic palace in Seville, dating back to the 13th century, where oriental and western cultures intermingle.

It’s not surprising then that this floral and spicy fragrance exudes notes from both of these geographical areas, starting with Italian lemon, Iranian galbanum and a saffron accord.

This blend is enhanced by black pepper from Madagascar, Turkish rose and Egyptian geranium. It all comes together with scents of sandalwood, Somalian incense and Indonesian patchouli.

The Soir d’Orient eau de parfum is already available on Sisley’s e-shop, but will not be available in other points of sale until September 1.

Price: €124 for a 50ml bottle, and €182 for a 100ml bottle.

Edie Campbell Black Opium campaign

YSL’s Black Opium now in an eau de toilette

Edie Campbell Black Opium campaign

Nearly a year after the release of Black Opium, the luxury brand is reimagining its most addictive fragrance as an eau de toilette.

For this new blend, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté has selected a blend of tart blackcurrant and pear to join notes of citrus and green mandarin peel. Jasmine-scented tea and orange blossom then take over before giving way to the olfactory signature of the fragrance: coffee.

The coffee grains in this varation mix with creamy white musk and a blend of white woods, turning the floral coffee of the original Black Opium into a green coffee for the eau de toilette.

The overall design of the bottle remains unchanged, with the exception of pink gold reflections, recalling the nuance of the fragrance’s essence.

Black Opium Eau de Toilette will be available for purchase in France as of August 24, starting at €49 for a 30ml bottle.

YSL Black Opium

Jimmy Choo Illicit

Sky Ferreira is the face of new Jimmy Choo fragrance

Jimmy Choo Illicit

Singer, model and actress Sky Ferreira is the new face of Jimmy Choo’s new women’s fragrance Illicit, which will debut in the U.S. this fall.

The scent was created by perfumer Anne Flipo, who said of the fragrance: ‘I imagined a remarkable yet audacious fragrance, with a tempting signature. That’s why I decided to lay down a fizzy start and floral heart on a unique honey-amber structure. Built around sensuality and addiction, it offers radiance and timeless elegance.’

 

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfumes

New Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Fragrances for Summer

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfumes

The Italian luxury brand has added new scents to its Light Blue line, drawing inspiration from the earthly and marine treasures of the Aeolian Islands. Two new sunny bottles to discover come July.

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Just like last year, Dolce & Gabbana is taking us on a voyage to the Aeolian Islands this summer with the two new limited editions in its “Blue Light” line: “Sunset in Salina” for women and “Swimming in Lipari” for men.

These two new fragrances are directly inspired by the nature of these two islands located north of Sicily. The first is associated to the land, while the second plunges us into the Mediterranean.

Between floral and aquatic notes

The feminine “Sunset in Salina” has a fresh, floral scent. It opens with fresh vine and violet leaves, and cedes to yellow freesia, jasmine and orange blossom. The base notes are amber, cedar and white musk.

“Swimming in Lipari,” on the other hand, is an invigorating aquatic scent that opens with accords of sea salt enhanced by the freshness of grapefruit. The heart combines mandarin and cool, aromatic rosemary while ambergris, dry woods and musky notes end the composition.

Bianca Balti, mistress of ceremonies

To represent these two scents, Dolce & Gabbana called on two of its main ambassadors: the Italian Bianca Balti, and British model David Gandy. Famous fashion photographer Mario Testino shot the campaign in Capri.

The two perfumes will be available come July starting at €39 (25ml) for “Sunset in Salina” and €38 (40ml) for “Swimming in Lipari.”

Spicebomb Extreme

Spicebomb Extreme by Viktor & Rolf

Spicebomb Extreme

As summer approaches, the Dutch fashion house is turning up the heat with the launch of Spicebomb Extreme, a sultry new version of the original men’s fragrance.

Three years after launching Spicebomb, Viktor & Rolf has unveiled a new, more explosive version with even more character.

Called Spicebomb Extreme, the new men’s eau de parfum opens with a hint of pink grapefruit, spiced by a pimento and black pepper accord. Cinnamon, cumin and saffron notes follow, complemented by tobacco, amber, black vanilla and cistus.

The flacon retains the signature hand grenade shape of the original fragrance, only in black glass accented by a bronzed ring. Pulling the “pin” releases the perfume.

The new eau de parfum goes on sale at select retail outlets from May 18 in 50ml and 90ml flacons.

Theo James

Theo James lands Hugo Boss perfume ad campaign

Theo James

Star of the “Divergent” films, Theo James will be the muse of the latest Hugo Boss perfume ad campaign, it was announced. The brand will soon unveil a new fragrance for men, according to a press release.

James says he is honored to be representing Hugo Boss, a brand he has long admired for its equilibrium between classic and contemporary.

Byredo x Oliver Peoples

OLIVER PEOPLES X BYREDO

Byredo x Oliver Peoples

Luxury eyewear brand Oliver Peoples has teamed up with Swedish perfume house Byredo for Spring 2015.

Inspired by the landscapes of Los Angeles seen through different colored filters, the two labels have created both an original fragrance and a pair of sunglasses for the summer season.

Byredo’s fragrance features top notes of juniper berry and Californian lemon, an oris butter and patchouli fraction heart and base notes of musk, warm sand accord and helichrysum.

The scent was then reinterpreted by Oliver Peoples and represented in the form of shades, with the color of the lenses evoking the aromas of the perfume. The unisex specs come with either semi-matte black rims or a crystal beige frame, while the lenses come in three different photo chromatic options — indigo, champagne and green. The fragrance bottle also comes in the same hues.

Each product is co-signed by the two labels, which took the word “synaesthesia,” the process by which the stimulation of one sense leads to the awakening of a second sense, as their departure point for the project.

“It was important for me that this partnership had a true reason for being and synesthesia and the idea of joint perception became that. I have met artists, musicians and perfumers that display traits of this so-called disorder, and I have always been fascinated by the clarity of their descriptions,” explains Ben Gorham, founder and artistic director of Byredo.

The fragrance and sunglasses will be available to purchase separately or together as a personalized gift set, from Oliver Peoples and Byredo retail points as well as Barneys and Colette Paris.

The perfume is available for $175 for 50ml, the glasses for $450 and the two together for $530. The launch date is May 2.