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La Tentation de Nina

Nina Ricci x Laduree

La Tentation de Nina

Nina Ricci teamed up with Ladurée to create a tempting duo: a fragrance inspired by the brand’s signature macarons, and a macaron inspired by the subtle and intricate aromas of luxury perfume.

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.

Street of Dreams

WATCH: Martin Scorsese for Dolce & Gabbana

Street of Dreams

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.

Miller Harris Perfumer Library collection

Miller Harris launches the Perfumer’s Library

Miller Harris Perfumer Library collection

The luxurious London-based fragrance company is launching a new set of core scents designed to be mixed and matched.

Le Jasmin, Tuberosa, Veti Vert, La Feuille, and Verger, the five scents which make up the ‘Perfumer’s Library’ collection, were each inspired by a different year in perfumier Lyn Harris’s development.

The collection encompasses two decades of Harris’s pioneering work in the fragrance industry, bringing back natural and traditional ingredients to her concoctions, which are inspired by shifting seasons and varied elements from the natural world.

First up, Le Jasmin is a dewy white floral with fresh Sicilian lemons and bergamot notes. The feminine Tuberosa honors the classic tuberose flower, while Veti Vert is masculine, French and fresh. La Feuille is a fruity, green chypre secent, while Verger was inspired by the crisp, earthy smells of an orchard.

Priced at £195 (approx $315) for each 100ml bottle, the ‘Perfumer’s Library’ collection by Miller Harris is set to launch on November 1.

Giorgio Armani Si gift set

Giorgio Armani launching ‘Si’ gift set

Giorgio Armani Si gift set

Launched in September, the latest eau de parfum from the Italian brand will be available in a luxury gift set from November 1, just in time for the Christmas season.

Giorgio Armani‘s Si fragrance, represented in campaigns worldwide by Cate Blanchett, will be available in three formats in this holiday gift set: an eau de parfum, a shower gel and a body milk. The three products come nestled inside an elegant box in powder pink, accented in black.

This perfume is characterized by bergamot, mandarin oil and blackcurrant nectar, combined with rose, neroli, and jasmine absolute essences. The base notes include patchouli, blond wood musk and vanilla.

The gift set is priced at €78.30 (around $110) and will be available from November.

Lancome La Vie est Belle

Lancôme teams up with Baccarat

Lancome La Vie est Belle

For an ultra-limited edition of its women’s fragrance, Lancôme called upon Swiss music box maker Reuge and French crystal maker Baccarat to design an exquisite box.

The La Vie est Belle bottle in this collector’s edition is presented beneath two glass bell jars within a handcrafted music box, surmounted by a miniature crystal chandelier.

Reuge produced the music box exclusively for the occasion. When the button on the front is pressed, the box plays “Beautiful Days” by Venus, the theme music from the La Vie est Belle campaign featuring Julia Roberts.

Baccarat provided the crystal chandelier suspended from the top of the box. Made up of 133 crystal drops and 48 crystal tubes, this detail is a nod to the various chandeliers seen in the film campaign.

Only 15 of these pieces will be made available worldwide. Each element of the Edition Féérique was created by hand, meaning that each of the 15 boxes required 120 days of work to produce.

This luxury edition of La Vie est Belle will be available at the Lancôme Institut, the brand’s spa in Paris, from November 15.

In the meantime, visitors to the Sephora store on the Champs-Elysées in Paris will be able to see the box from October 28. The price of this exclusive piece is available only upon request.

Prada Luna Rossa Extreme AD

Prada unveiling new men’s scent

Prada Luna Rossa Extreme

Luna Rossa Extreme is the second fragrance inspired by Prada’s America’s Cup sailing team Luna Rossa, following on from the namesake scent, which was released in 2012.

Concocted by Givaudin nose Daniela Andrier (who also created Prada’s Candy perfume and has mixed the upcoming Bottega Veneta men’s fragrance), Luna Rossa Extreme features a rich amber heart, surrounded by a mix of black pepper, bergamot, labdanum, juniper, vanilla and lavender.

The scent will hit retail stores in the UK and Germany on September 16 and the rest of Europe before the end of the month. Luna Rossa will then appear in stores in Asia and the Middle East before the end of the year, before launching in the USA in January 2014.

Jawbone designer Yves Behar created the packaging, which features imagery of Prada’s futuristic Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran. The boat recently sailed in the Louis Vuitton Cup competition in San Francisco.

Luna Rossa Extreme is the second fragrance inspired by Prada’s America’s Cup sailing team Luna Rossa, following on from the namesake scent, which was released in 2012.

You’ll be able to get your hands on a 50 ml eau de parfum (€66) as well as a 100 ml bottle (€91). Check out below a video of the Luna Rossa boat and her Prada wearing team here.


Jean Paul Gaultier teases new fragrance ad

Jean Paul Gaultier has released a teaser of its latest romantic fashion film for its his & hers scents.

“On the Docks” is set to be released on September 26, but the brand has released a short clip giving a taste of the latest, lavishly shot Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance film.

The latest star to don Gaultier’s famous blue and white striped Marinière top is model Jarrod Scott. The Australian made waves earlier this year with a full frontal nude shoot for Vogue Hommes International.

Alongside Scott is lingerie-clad Dutch model Rianne ten Haken. The 26-year-old explains her idea of desire as a mysterious and powerful force: “You don’t know why you want it, and why you want it so bad. But there’s something magical about it… That’s why it’s so interesting.”

The film has been directed by British filmmaker Johnny Green, the man behind recent advertising spots for Hennessy and Mercedes, and looks suitably dark, brooding and romantic for Mr. Gaultier.

The brand will be building excitement on Twitter with a #JPGonthedocks hashtag ahead of the release at the end of the month. We can’t wait to see what the final version looks like.

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme campaign

Bottega Veneta unveils its first men’s fragrance

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme campaign

This fall, the Italian luxury brand is launching its very first fragrance for men, a woody, leathery perfume made with only the finest essences. Bottega Veneta Pour Homme will be available from September.

Created by the noses Daniela Andrier and Antoine Maisondieu, the new fragrance is a blend of precious, rare and rustic essences.

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme features a combination of Andalusian labdanum, a fragrant resin obtained from cistus shrubs, with essential essences of Calabrian bergamot, Siberian pine, and Balkan juniper. At the heart of the fragrance is the intense marriage of allspice and Mediterranean clary sage.

The finish of the essence features the refined and masculine notes of leather and Indonesian patchouli.

Bottega Veneta will offer its new scent in an eau de toilette, an aftershave, a shower gel and a deodorant, arriving in department stores, perfume counters and Bottega Veneta stores this September.

Fendi Acquarossa

Fendi honors Roman passion with latest fragrance

Fendi Chiara Mastroianni

Italian label Fendi is launching L’Acquarossa, an homage in scent to Rome, and also to passion and feminine beauty. The new eau de parfum will be available from September in select stores.

Created by François Demachy, along with noses Delphine Lebeau and Benoît Lapouza, L’Acquarossa blends fruity notes of Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian mandarin and prune with Lantana, a red and gold flower called to mind by the bottle design of the new perfume.

Rose, orange blossom and magnolia essences enhance the floral quality of the composition, underscored by base notes of red cedar, musk and patchouli.

According to Fendi, the rectangular bottle evokes “the perfect, mathematical and majestic architecture of Roman monuments.” The bottle is bright red, a color synonymous with passion, and is accented by a gold and black rectangular top and gold base, both with engraved lettering.

As announced last June, Chiara Mastroianni is the face of L’Acquarossa in the advertising campaign, shot by French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

la legende de shalimar

VIDEO: The legend of Shalimar by Guerlain

French beauty brand Guerlain has released a short film exploring the inspiration behind its iconic Shalimar fragrance. The video stars Natalia Vodianova in the role of an Indian princess.

When creating the Shalimar fragrance in the early 1920s, Jacques Guerlain drew inspiration from the legendary love affair between a princess, Mumtaz Mahal, and the emperor Shah Jahan. As a testament of his devotion upon the death of his wife, he built the most splendid of tombs: the Taj Mahal.

This legend is at the heart of the new short film directed by French filmmaker Bruno Aveillan, who has also directed a much-buzzed about short film for Cartier in 2012, L’Odyssée de Cartier.

The Guerlain film depicts Natalia Vodianova as a sublime princess languishing in the Shalimar Gardens. The supermodel alternates between sensual scenes of royal luxury, in which she is barely clothed, and touching scenes of tenderness, in which she wears a delicate and flowing sari with gold embroidery.

The end of the short film shows the princess floating across a lake in a lovely boat. The music stops, and the Taj Mahal rises majestically from the still waters.

The full-length version of “The Legend of Shalimar,” at 5min45s, may be seen on Guerlain’s Facebook and YouTube pages. A shorter version of the video is expected to air on TV.

Guerlain legend of Shalimar

Fragrance Explosion

Harrods to hold perfume extravaganza

The famed London department store is all set to host a month-long festival celebrating everything olfactory, titled “Fragrance Explosion.”

Starting on August 22 and running through September 19, Harrods‘ perfume hall will witness a series of fragrance masterclasses, in-store talks, and one-on-one perfume consultations with major luxury brands Chloé, Guerlain, and Annick Goutal all set to take part in the event.

Chanel’s Joanna Norman (the guest fragrance professor for Chanel) will host an event on September 16 which explores the famed No. 5 and Coco perfumes with flavored champagne and macarons.

Harrods has also released an iPad app version of its in-store magazine, which allows users to access promotional videos and other additional content in advance of the “Fragrance Explosion” event.

You can book your tickets for the events via the Harrods Concierge service on +44 20 7225 6874 or by emailing [email protected]

Fragrance Explosion

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

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.