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12 posts tagged "Bergdorf Goodman"

Couture in a Bottle: Roja Parfums

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RojaWe wax lyrical on the connection between beauty and fashion, but in the case of luxury fragrance brand Roja, choosing and creating a scent is truly as intricate and detailed as constructing an haute couture gown. Roja Dove, a master perfumer who studied with Jean-Paul Guerlain for more than twenty years, offers a bespoke service; a unique, one-of-a-kind fragrance goes for $20,000-plus. That’s not an insignificant sum, but it’s far less than the cost of a made-to-measure dress. And the process is much more personal. “Customers have been known to cry upon smelling their completed perfume,” says Dominic Venton, the company’s director. In a series of consultations with Dove, you are asked to judge a scent—not knowing its name or origin—and your immediate reaction is noted. The result is a perfume that consists of as many (or as few) notes as you like. Dove insists on only the highest-grade ingredients. To produce one kilo of the Rose de Mai oil he uses requires 307,000 roses from Grasse, picked before dawn, because the amount of oil they can produce diminishes as the sun rises. “No synthetics are used,” says Venton, “so no Roja scent will smell like another on the market.” In addition to the bespoke business, there are 17 women’s scents on offer, ranging from heady florals to masculine chypres. Roja recently launched at Bergdorf Goodman, its first (and only) U.S. location. “Roja strives to offer a fragrance that is as bespoke as possible,” says Venton. “Having to travel to a specific destination makes it more special.” Lucky for us, Bergdorf’s is a quicker trip than journeying to Paris to get measured for an haute couture creation.

Roja Parfums are available at Bergdorf Goodman, New York. Prices range from $389.40 to $990.

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Ford On Makeup—And On Camera

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After months of buzz and a few truly swoon-worthy capsule collections, Tom Ford’s full cosmetics range hit shelves exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman this week. And we don’t use the word “full” lightly: While Ford has dabbled in lipsticks and nail lacquers for one-offs and limited-edition Fashion’s Night Out promotions, he’s pulled out all of the stops for his latest launch, lending his design talent to four general categories: color, contouring, skincare, and scent. His color range includes blushes, lip glosses, nail lacquers, eye shadow quads, and the Noir Absolute for Eyes, a multitasking black pigment that can be worn as a shadow or a liner. The highlight of the contouring offerings is Shade and Illuminate, a duo of creamy pigments that add definition and highlights. And as for skincare, he’s devised two cleansers, two moisturizers, an eye cream, a serum, and an Illuminating Protective Primer with SPF 32. Known for his fragrances, Ford has also created two new scents: Santal Blush, a sheer sandalwood eau meant to represent the line’s nude tones, and Jasmine Rouge, a red-bottled homage to the white flower that speaks to the collection’s richer tones. The designer was in New York to present the line at Bergdorf Goodman’s newly erected Tom Ford Beauty counter, which is where we had the pleasure of catching up with him. Here, he talks favorites and why the next beauty frontier just might be makeup for men.

Herbal Medicine Cosmetics Head West

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The herbal remedy movement has been going strong in the United States since the nineties, when tried and true ingredients from Asian medicine like ginkgo biloba and ginseng became part of the public discourse, marketed in supplement and tea form to an increasingly un-crunchy demographic. In Korea, these same ingredients have been incorporated into comprehensive cosmetic formulations for decades. Take Amore Pacific’s Sulwhasoo, for example, the best-selling skincare range that has been a staple of Seoul’s discerning beauty fiends for over 40 years. The brand takes a holistic approach to dealing with Sang-Seng, the Korean idea that the body’s energy flow changes in intervals of seven years and can often be out of whack, which can exacerbate the physical signs of aging. To restore a clear, glowing complexion, the entire line boasts Jaeumdan—an exclusive complex of medicinal herbs like peony, Solomon’s Seal, East Indian lotus, and white lily steeped in pure honey to enhance efficacy. The idea is “inner harmony for outer radiance.”


Sulwhasoo’s 12-piece range officially bowed stateside at Bergdorf Goodman last month, and its store-within-a-store concept shop will be completed in June. With its arrival comes the novel concept of herbal medicine cosmetics, which already seems to be a hit with Bergdorf shoppers; the brand’s Concentrated Ginseng Cream has become a fast favorite. Formulated with the water of rare six-year-old Korean ginseng, the emollient skin salve is an extremely luxe antiaging treatment that features a unique earthy smell sure to please longtime devotees of naturophilia and recent converts alike.

Photo: Courtesy of Sulwhasoo

Beauty Booty: Bergdorf Goodman Gets Smart

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What: Bergdorf Goodman’s Smart Beauty shopping event, which holds the promise of luxury skincare, fragrance, and makeup freebies with a purchase of $200 or more.

When: Tuesday, January 19, through Saturday, January 30.

Where: Bergdorf Goodman, Beauty level, 754 Fifth Avenue at 58th Street, and online at www.bergdorfgoodman.com.

Why: A $200 initial purchase price is steep, but it’s kind of worth it seeing as how these are not your ordinary product minis. The snakeskin bag (which can double as a clutch) is packed with goodies from Amore Pacific, Bulgari, Kanebo Sensai, RéVive, Sisley Paris, and Tom Ford Beauty—in other words, all the brands that you’ve always been interested in trying before buying but still haven’t gotten around to sampling. Also, it provides an interesting keep-this-Web-page-open-on-your-S.O.’s-computer opportunity: With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to request a few items of the pricey perfume variety (like something from Acqua di Parma’s Le Nobili collection, perhaps) and make out with an additional gift as well. Yes, the word you’re looking for is “Score.”

Photo: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

The Smell Of Studio 54, Revisited

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Disco queens, rejoice: As a natural follow-up to the relaunch of the iconic fashion brand, Halston the fragrance hits shelves this month. A contemporary adaptation of the original scent released in the 1970′s, the new Halston Woman was created by IFF’s Carlos Benaim, who just so happens to have spent his formative years training with Bernard Chant, the nose behind the première eau. Benaim’s interpretation features a feminine, floral update on Chant’s rich, woodsy juice using a rose bouquet and hints of marigold and jasmine petals to soften the fragrance’s first wafts. But its signature sensuality has gone unchanged, wrought with base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, and amber. Jewelry designer Elsa Peretti’s sculptural flacon also remains, although it’s been coated in a warm platinum finish to “reflect the fluidity of Halston’s fashions,” says the press release. Fittingly, to illustrate the seamless relationship between the brand’s fashion and beauty endeavors, Halston’s newly anointed creative director, Marios Schwab, will show a 2010 collection called Pure Metallic that is directly inspired by the perfume, reports WWD. In the meantime, grab your best slinky one-sleeved number and get in line at Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman, where the fragrance will make its exclusive stateside debut.

Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden