Gwen’s Harajuku Lovers Hit The Slopes-------
As much as we may turn up our noses at certain celebrity fragrances, we are occasionally impressed with what stars—and their respective perfumers/licensing partners—can come up with. Gwen Stefani and Coty Prestige’s Harajuku Lovers collection in Love, Lil’ Angel, Music, Baby, and G are one such exception. The winner of the 2009 Fifi Awards Women’s Luxe Fragrance of the Year has both a cute and clever packaging concept and the expert touch of renowned noses from IFF, Givaudan, and Firmenich. It makes these kitschy dolls fun collector’s items that also smell great on the skin. With scents ranging from a fruity floral with a “lollipop” accord to a powdery musk, there’s something for everyone—incuding the fashion-obsessed. The flacons are impeccably designed to showcase the girls’ individual style leanings, and this season, Stefani’s brain children are back in limited-edition cold-weather gear. The Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies wear vintage color-blocked puffy jackets, bobby pins inspired by the Decora Girls in Tokyo, homespun striped cashmere sweaters, and Vivienne Westwood footwear, as the case may be. (Love, the girliest of the bunch, dons a pair of pink, mid-calf Velcro closure boots that are an exact replica of a similar pair designed by London’s resident punk progenitor.) They’re a great addition to the holiday product bounty that is beginning to hit shelves now, when we find ourselves tempted by beauty baubles more than ever.