An Italian Escape-------
Long after the hustle and bustle of Milan fashion week has come to a close, you’ll be able to re-create the Italian experience (minus the jet lag) in the comfort of your bathroom. Available next month, Bottega Veneta is launching an ultraluxe bath ritual—containing a body scrub, body oil, body powder, and hair mist—all laced with a slightly masculine leather accord and notes of plum, oak moss, patchouli, and jasmine found in the distinctive and original eau. The exfoliator contains microparticles of apricot kernels that slough off rough patches without being overly abrasive, while the moisturizing oil dries down to a satin finish and leaves behind a subtle gleam without feeling greasy. For a softer touch, the shimmery body powder, applied with a puff, adds a delicate veil of gold sparkle, and the spritz for strands (available only in select Bottega Veneta boutiques), misted on the underlayers near the nape of the neck, helps you hang on to this rich scent and release it with a casual flip of your hair. While the storied house isn’t showing until Saturday, I’m glad to have gotten in on the far less frenzied designer action a few days early.