Bianca Balti and David Gandy return to the turquoise waters of Capri with Mario Testino for the next chapter of Dolce & Gabbana’s “Light Blue” series.
Jimmy Choo has unveiled the first details of its debut men’s fragrance, Man, coming in August.
Jimmy Choo’s men’s shoe collection first launched in 2011 and has grown into a plethora of leather goods and other accessories inspired by the idea of a Mayfair playboy. That same year the brand introduced the Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum, its first fragrance for women.
Now, three years later the brand has unveiled its debut scent for men. “I see fragrance as another accessory; I wanted to create something that would be an object of desire for the Jimmy Choo Man enhancing his independent spirit and complementing his effortless sense of style,” explained Sandra Choi, Creative Director Jimmy Choo.
Blended by perfumer Anne Flipo (who has previously created scents for Givenchy, YSL and Paco Rabanne), Jimmy Choo Man opens with lavender, developing a heart of pineapple leaf and finishing with a drydown of patchouli.
“We used the finest part of the patchouli for the most sophisticated of signature fragrances,” added Flipo.
The juice will hit stores in August in a bottle shaped to resemble a traditional antique hip flask with metallic detailing and a leather cap. Prices will range from €42 for a 30ml spray up to €77 for 100ml version.
LANCÔME will soon introduce a more intense, haute parfumerie-inspired version of the women’s fragrance launched in 2012.
Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo, the same noses behind the first editions of La Vie Est Belle, developed this more intense, high-end variation.
The two fragrance artists chose to magnify the sweeter aspects of the original essence, preserving its signature notes such as sweet iris, praline, pear, blackcurrant and tonka bean.
But the Absolu edition stands out through the addition of several richly concentrated essences, including jasmine absolute, orange blossom absolute, Rosa damascena and cashmeran.
Julia Roberts, who has fronted the campaigns for La Vie Est Belle since the perfume’s launch, will be Lancôme’s ambassador for this new version. She will lend her legendary smile to a new campaign shot by Carter Smith.
La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu will be available from August 25 at authorized Lancôme fragrance retailers. Price: $88 for 20ml or $122 for 40ml.
Vivienne Westwood has unveiled its annual limited edition summer fragrance, which is none other than the fourth variation on the iconic perfume Alice.
Cheerfully titled Sunny Alice, the new perfume consists entirely of scents associated with the seaside, sunshine and sandy beaches.
The pale yellow essence combines notes of tropical flowers, mandarin and pink peppercorn with frangipani and jasmine blossoms. Amber, sandalwood and vanilla dominate the base notes.
The limited edition fragrance Sunny Alice is available now in select department stores. Price: €65 (around $90) for 75ml.
MONTBLANC has presented a new men’s fragrance designed to symbolize the elegance and prestige associated with the Montblanc name.
With this latest fragrance, Montblanc pays homage to its history and particularly to its iconic white star emblem, which was designed to symbolize the snow-covered peak of Europe’s highest mountain.
Developed by Sonia Constant, Emblem is characterized by notes of grapefruit cardamom and clary sage, accented with black and pink peppercorn, violet leaf and cinnamon. Woody aromas and ambroxan form the base notes.
David Genat will be the face of Emblem, with fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh highlighting the model’s charisma and elegant style in a black and white campaign. Montblanc’s Emblem is priced at €75 for 100ml.
Just as real estate agents suggest baking cookies to make potential buyers feel at home, more and more hotels are using the same concept to fill their lobbies with signature scents developed exclusively for their brand.
In the hotel industry, the strategy is known as “scenting,” an extra-sensory marketing strategy that’s meant to attach certain smells to brands, drive loyalty, and make people feel at home.
Just as certain smells will transport people back to their childhood, hoteliers are leveraging this powerful memory-maker to connect certain fragrances to their brand.
The latest luxury hotel to develop its own scent is the Thompson Chicago, which collaborated with scentmakers 12.29 in New York to come up with its own custom scent, ‘Velvet,’ inspired by the hotel’s signature colors black and aubergine, and textures like leather and velvet.
“The vision was sinking into a worn-in leather chair in the lounge with a glass of scotch. Warm, inviting, comfortable, sexy and modern,” said sisters Dawn and Samantha Goldworm of 12.29 in an interview on the hotel blog.
Similarly, when guests walk into the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York, they’re greeted with the warmth of wood and leather scents which are bottled in $90 room sprays and $150 candles.
Over at Le Méridien, the signature olfactory logo was developed by Le Labo in New York, helmed by two French men who bottled the scent of old paper, leather, wooden shelves and an old copy of Le Petit Prince.
The connection: Le Méridien was originally founded by Air France while the author of “The Little Prince,” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was also a pilot, pointed out a Travel + Leisure article.
The Westin’s signature scent is White Tea and the Mandarin Oriental takes inspiration from its signature Mandarin Blossom Tea.
And luxury boutique hotel Dukes St. James in London pipes the smell of the “English countryside” throughout the rooms with scents of hyacinth and bluebells.
“This is the first time we have created a fragrance for a musician and I can think of no greater talent and no greater gentleman to have done this with,” explained Adrian Joffe of Comme des Garçons. “Pharrell knew exactly what he wanted the perfume to smell like right from the beginning,” he added.
Pharrell was excited about the collaboration: “As one of my favorite designers once said, ‘Comme des Garcons is your favorite designers’ favorite designer… the top of the top, the best of the best.'”
Stay tuned, more information will be released this spring before the exclusive fragrance hits stores in September 2014.
KARL LAGERFELD finally lifted the veil on his highly awaited debut fragrance line with an event in Paris.
The women’s scent was created by Christine Nagel and Serge Majoullier, who explained: “creating a fragrance for Karl Lagerfeld is translating a whole universe of fabrics, sophisticated cuts, textures, strong values and images.”
The “olfactive fabric” opens with lemon and peach, working its way to a heart of rose, magnolia and plumeria with basenotes of musk, amber and woods.
The men’s fragrance was concocted by Jean-Christophe Hérault, who described how he had translated Karl’s “Black and White emblematic colors into a contrast of expressive and sensual raw materials.”
The juice opens with lavender and mandarin zest, developing a crisp heart of apple and violet leaves, with a sandalwood and amber drydown.
The line will be available exclusively at Galeries Lafayette and BHV Marais in Paris and in Karl Lagerfeld boutiques.
French fashion brand Dior has revealed a behind-the-scenes video for the campaign of its new springtime fragrance, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, a softer version of Dior’s iconic fragrance.
Moving between black and white footage and color scenes, the campaign shot by Sofia Coppola puts the emphasis on signature Dior themes, as well as the inspiration for the scent. As in the house’s fashion and couture lines, flowers, which Christian Dior himself had a particular fondness for, are omnipresent.
Natalie Portman radiates charisma in a sumptuous flowering dress by Dior Haute Couture, designed by Raf Simons, and a natural makeup look.
In this behind-the-scenes peek, we get a glimpse of her taking various poses on the legendary staircase in the house’s storied location at 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris while the song “La Vie en rose” plays.
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet features peony at its heart. This floral note is complemented by Sicilian mandarin essence and rose essence. The composition also gets some depth from white musk.
Launched on January 20, La Tentation de Nina was designed by the French fashion house in collaboration with legendary pastry maker Ladurée.
Now, Nina Ricci has released a short video that captures the magical mood of the new fragrance. The video invites viewers into a pristine white room flooded with light, where a pink apple-shaped flacon hovers over a vanity table, surrounded by a pink cloud.
The walls peel away as the apple dashes through the air and down to the streets of Paris, finally arriving at a gourmet paradise, Ladurée, where a pyramid of macarons hides a treasure: La Tentation de Nina. Someone has finally taken a bite out of the brand’s famous apple-shaped flacon.
This sweet new fragrance is the result of a close collaboration between master nose Olivier Cresp, the creator of the Nina perfume series, and Vincent Lemains, head pastry chef at Ladurée. The French pastry maker is even offering a macaron designed to complement the perfume.
This fruity floral essence opens with Italian bergamot and grapefruit notes, underscored by Bourbon vanilla, white musk and sandalwood, complemented by a macaron accord with raspberry, almond, lemon and Bulgarian rose absolute notes. The latter aromas match the flavors of the matching Ladurée macaron, which also bears the name “La Tentation de Nina.”
Long a symbol of the Cartier brand, the panther served as a source of inspiration for the luxury house’s latest perfume.
Created by Cartier nose Mathilde Laurent, La Panthère is centered around gardenia, whose floral character will contrast with notes of musk and chypre.
The bottle features an inner layer, within transparent glass, that reveals a cubist panther’s head.
Erin Wasson has been chosen as the face of La Panthère, appearing in a campaign video shot by Sean Ellis and a print campaign by Peter Lindbergh.
The eau de parfum will be available beginning March 15. Prices: €59 for 30 ml, €84 for 50ml and €105,50 for 75ml.
The Italian car maker has presented a limited edition of its 500 and 500C city cars dedicated to the iconic perfume. These 250 special edition “Fiat 500 La petite Robe noire by Guerlain” cars will be sold exclusively in France.
The logo of Guerlain‘s La Petite Robe Noire perfume — a dynamic silhouette designed by the artists Kuntzel+Deygas — is featured on the car’s rear wing and on the dashboard inside.
This special edition is available in pearly white or metallic black, either with a panoramic sunroof (500) or a black electric-power soft top (500C).
This special-edition Fiat 500 is also equipped with two-tone black and white Poltrona Frau leather seats, automatic air conditioning, seven airbags, a CD/MP3 player, a Bluetooth system, a USB port and a clothes hanger on the passenger-side headrest. Additional options include Bi-Xenon headlamps, rear parking aid, or tinted rear windows.
In addition, the car will come with the three “little black dresses” in Guerlain’s Petite Robe Noire fragrance line (eau de toilette, eau de parfum and eau de parfum “couture”) and a matching makeup bag.
The Fiat 500 La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain will go on sale in France from March. Prices start at €15,700 for the Fiat 500 with the 1.2L, 69hp engine.
Thierry Mugler may have chosen Georgia May Jagger as the star of a future campaign for its Angel fragrance, according to a rumor reported by Women’s Wear Daily.
The rumor could prove to be true, as Georgia May Jagger attended the second performance of the designer’s show — Mugler Follies — at the Comédia in Paris in December.
Jagger, who is highly in demand at the moment, could become the eighth brand ambassador for the fragrance in the star-shaped bottle. If this is the case, she will be following in the footsteps of her mother, Jerry Hall, who represented the fragrance in the late 1990s.
Eva Mendes is the current face of Angel. Her contract is set to expire in 2014.
Each year, honoring a long-standing Christmas tradition, perfume makers present their star fragrances in exceptionally enticing gift sets. In 2013, these brands are emphasizing elegance and masculinity, presenting boxes in black, white and grey containing luxurious male fragrances and skincare products.
Tome 1 – La Pureté For Him by Zadig & Voltaire
For this holiday gift set, the French ready-to-wear brand stayed true to the literary theme used in the standard packaging for the fragrance.
Printed with the iconic Zadig & Voltaire cupid, this boxed set contains two book-shaped containers: one concealing a Zadig & Voltaire T-shirt and the other a 50mL Tome 1 La Pureté For Him eau de toilette.
The fragrance opens with bergamot and orange blossom notes, rounded out by a musk and sandalwood accord. Price: €47 (around $64).
Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss
In addition to a generous 100mL Boss Bottled eau de toilette spray, this latest gift set from the German brand contains a stick of deodorant made with the signature fragrance.
Last but not least, the white and silver box also contains a grooming kit, with all of the tools a man needs to keep his nails in tip-top shape. Price: €67.50 (around $91).
Launched nearly a decade ago, this fragrance has become a contemporary classic, and Giorgio Armani presents a unique and elegant gift set each holiday season. While last year’s edition came in red, the 2013 Armani Code gift set comes in a refined pale grey box calling to mind brushed steel.
The set contains a 75mL eau de toilette as well as a shower gel and an aftershave balm with the sexy masculine fragrance. Price: €71.50 (around $97).
Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf
The only men’s fragrance from the famous Dutch designer duo, Spicebomb, is available in a minimalist gift set this season.
The grenade-shaped bottle of eau de toilette comes in a matching grey box, complete with a matching black horizontal label, along with a shower gel and an aftershave balm. Price: €81 (around $110)
ck one by Calvin Klein
For the holidays, the American brand has presented a gift set based on its classic unisex fragrance in an elegant, striped silver box.
Rather than with accompanying toiletries, the 100mL eau de toilette spray comes with a pale grey and white belt, in a standard size, with ck one engraved on the buckle. Price: €55 (around $75)
The Italian brand is launching a new female fragrance which updates 2006 juice Versace Bright Crystal. The scent was concocted by Alberto Morillas, the nose behind the original Versace Bright Crystal.
Bright Crystal Absolu comes in a bright fuchsia glass bottle with an elegant jewel-like cap, and a box with a classic Versace patterned design. The scent opens with bright yuzu and pomegranate notes, with a floral and raspberry heart, and a musky drydown with deep acajou wood.
The fragrance is hitting the shelves now in Italy, and will roll out in Europe and North American in time for Valentine’s Day. It should then start to appear in the rest of the world throughout the remainder of 2014. The eau de parfum will be available in two sizes, 50 ml (€75.50) and 90 ml (€98.50).
The advertising campaign was shot by Peruvian fashion legend Mario Testino and features South African model and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Candice Swanepoel.
Christian Dior has released a new holiday beauty video celebrating the magic of this time of year.
Set at “Versailles, the night before Christmas,” the latest beauty film from Christian Dior sees the French luxury brand showing off its Dior Holiday Collection, a collection of warm gold, frozen pearl and pink colors alongside some of the brand’s best loved fragrances.
The magical displays of light begin when a falling star comes to life, and weaves its way through the corridors of the Château de Versailles, illuminating rooms, fountains and gardens, and even bringing the perfume bottle-shaped topiary to life.
Finally the little star settles in a giant bottle of the brand’s J’adore fragrance.
Just in time for the holidays, the British brand has presented a limited edition of Burberry Body, the women’s fragrance first launched in 2011. The perfume’s multi-faceted transparent glass flacon has been decorated with a gold and bronze patina for a glamorous and refined look.
The composition of the perfume remains unchanged in this Burberry Body Gold limited edition.
The fragrance opens with green absinthe, freesia and peach notes, combined with a rose, iris and sandalwood accord. The base notes include cashmeran, amber and white musk. Price: $98 for 60mL.
“Best friends make magic together: our dearest Sofia Coppola will be directing the Daisy TV ad campaign this Fall!” announced the brand via Twitter back in September.
Now Marc Jacobs has released a 20-second clip of the collaboration. Be warned: if you’re already missing the Northern Hemisphere summer, then this fresh new film for the Daisy by Marc Jacobs scent will really tug on your heartstrings.
Featuring a baby-faced fair maiden, dressed in a white baby-doll dress and wandering through a summer meadow with a handful of daisies, the 20-second-long clip carries all the hallmarks of Coppola’s dreamy, handheld camera aesthetic.
Over several months, professional nose Olivier Cresp, the creator of the Nina fragrance line, worked hand in hand with Vincent Lemains, head pastry chef at Ladurée, to create a perfect mirror harmony between the eau de toilette and its dedicated macaron.
This fruity floral essence combines Italian bergamot and grapefruit with Bourbon vanilla, white musk and sandalwood, complemented by a macaron accord, characterized by raspberry, almond, lemon and Bulgarian rose absolute notes. The latter accord is also found in the flavors of the matching Ladurée macaron, which also bears the name “La Tentation de Nina.”
The Nina Ricci eau de toilette will be available from January 20 in select perfume shops (prices start at €58 for 50mL); the matching macarons will be available at Ladurée’s boutiques worldwide.
Martin Scorsese‘s new commercial for Italian luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana has just been unveiled.
The Academy Award winning director has enlisted some A-list talent for his new Dolce & Gabbana The One ad, shot in black and white, and inspired by the golden days of Italian cinema.
Driving a vintage Alfa Romeo convertible through a strangely deserted New York City dawn, Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson star in the film, the first time that the two faces of the men’s and women’s fragrances have been united for a Dolce & Gabbana campaign.
Titled “Street of Dreams,” the 2-minute 35-second clip sees McConaughey’s character pick up Scarlett Johansson’s blonde beauty, before the pair shoot pithy lines at each other about love and life in the spotlight, and then romance each other on a rooftop.
According to the brand it’s “an epic story of the power of love and the power of dreams.” While we might not go quite that far, it’s still a stylishly shot and beautifully acted short film.