August 22 2014

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Cara Delevingne Strips for Tom Ford



Tom Ford campaigns don’t typically break from their well-established mold—by now, nudity isn’t so much expected as it is a prerequisite for the designer’s fragrances. Hey, you know what they say—sex sells. Still, we couldn’t help but call out the latest Mario Sorrenti-lensed imagery for Black Orchid starring Cara Delevingne (who was just named one of the industry’s highest-paid models). Submerged in an inky pool and surrounded by velvety petals, Delevingne’s in-demand derriere is one element that strategically rises to the surface—and for the record, it looks great. We’ve seen Ford’s previous perfume ads spotlight breasts, bums, and other NSFW areas, but the supe’s curves still pack a serious punch.

Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford

Gwyneth Paltrow Suits Up Like a Boss



Hugo Boss wants you to stop and smell the roses—preferably in a sharp tux. The label’s newest fragrance, Boss Ma Vie, was created with simple pleasures in mind (i.e., not conscious uncoupling). To capture the concept in the new campaign, artistic director Jason Wu styled Boss ambassador Gwyneth Paltrow in a plunging take on the classic tuxedo. “The tuxedo suit [has] impeccability and precision, mixed with feminine details, [which] is what brings the softness,” Wu said. Similarly, the scent’s three notes—cactus blossom, rosebud, and cedarwood—symbolize modernity, femininity, and confidence, respectively. Not sure you can wear the pants like Gwyneth? Wu has an answer for that. “I think the key element in pulling off a look is beautiful tailoring, which is the Hugo Boss DNA—a great shape and a confident woman.” A flawless blow-out and strategic spritz of perfume certainly help, too.

Available September 1. Boss Ma Vie Pour Femme, $80;


Photo: Courtesy of Hugo Boss

Not Your Grandmother’s Rose Perfume


To spritz or not to spritz, that is the question. critic and perfume industry legend Luca Turin reviews the latest fragrance launches and answers this age-old question.

Name: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture
Notes: Raspberry, rose, vetiver
Nomenclature: Spicy rose

“One of the mysteries of perfumery is the skillful management of both time and distance: In the olden days, as my 15-year-old son refers to anything that happened before 2000, many fragrances smelled downright wrong close up and early on. What the great perfumers like Jacques Guerlain and Germaine Cellier (to name but two) wanted was a delayed effect that would magically “knock out” the intended victim two hours in, at a range corresponding to the diagonal of a dinner table.

In this respect, LPRN Couture is a stunning success. Up close it is a strange cacophony of fruity, spicy, and floral notes, as if Nahéma had collided with Coco Mademoiselle. Step back—or better still—walk out of the room and come back after a few minutes, and you will immediately understand that this stage makeup was never intended for close-ups, but works best when you forget it and suddenly wonder, What’s that great smell?

One thing that especially endears it to me is the weird long-term freshness that Thierry Wasser somehow builds into the fabric of his fragrances, as if he alone was privy to a licorice-lavender accord that goes on forever. Beautiful work, and under the present low-cost, reduced-palette circumstances, borderline miraculous. I give it 4.5 stars, to leave room for proper 5-star miracles.”

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For another review from Turin’s bimonthly column, click here.

A Fringe-Free Way to Get in on the Western Wear Trend



On a fateful winter night in December 2013, fashion’s elite descended upon Dallas for Chanel’s Métiers d’Art runway show and after-party that boasted a mechanical bull. While the ice storm and cross-country trips to Texas are thankfully behind us, the popularity of the Wild West motif and fringe has been going strong ever since. Stark Waxing Studio has taken inspiration from this same theme in the creation of its latest candle trio: Gold Rush (a combo of green sage, grass, cardamom, and basil); Moonshine (a boozy blend of aged bourbon, malt, cherry, and butterscotch); and Frontier (an eclectic mix of geranium, leather, smoke, and oakmoss). With their earthy tones, each eau conjures up images of cozy nights nestled around a bonfire, crisp country air, worn-in cowboy boots, and days spent on an exquisite-smelling range. We suggest lighting up Lone-Star-state-style before lazing around on a steamy summer night in the city—10-gallon hat and No. 5 holster optional.


$32 each;

Photo: Instagram; Courtesy of Stark Waxing Studio

Beauty Brands Bring “InstaArt” to the Masses



Many artists have taken to Instagram to create awareness of their work. Others, like @donalddrawbertson, have become household names and social media superstars simply by posting to the visual platform. And companies (such as Dior Beauty) are quickly catching on, commissioning artists to create exclusive, branded creations for their feeds. The latest label to jump on the virtual gallery bandwagon: Creed. The centuries-old fragrance house teamed up with watercolorist Marta Spendowska to illustrate the forthcoming Acqua Originale collection (launching August 3)—a range of five scents inspired by Olivier Creed’s travels. Spendowska began dabbling in art as a young child growing up in Poland, copying images of Communist leaders like Lenin and Stalin from calendars her father brought home (the only photographs available in the country at the time). She has since moved on to lighter and brighter subjects, recently wrapping a three-month-long project where she produced 100 portraits of women in fashion (search the hashtag #100FashionGirls). As for her newest gig with Creed, she focused not on catwalkers’ sharp cheekbones, but the architectural angles of perfume bottles, combining her “love for landscape and watercolor in a representative way.” And if one was to think about the parallels between perfumery and Spendowska’s painting, this partnership makes perfect sense. Similar to how perfume transforms on skin, so too does watercolor. “I love suspense and imperfection,” she noted. “I’ve played with acrylics and oils, but the moment I see them just sitting on the canvas, I get bored. I need a reaction on paper.”

Spendowska’s first illustration will post to Creed’s account (@creedboutique) on August 3.

Photo: Courtesy of Creed