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July 29 2014

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3 posts tagged "Clive Christian"

Sienna Talks Beauty Essentials; A Fragrance Fit For A Queen; And More…

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Sienna Miller’s road to beauty superstardom hasn’t been all blond bangs and perma-tanned, svelte limbs. There have been trials and tribulations with overly plucked brows, corn rows, and dye jobs gone awry. But these days, the pregnant starlet has a fail-safe regimen that includes Skinceuticals, Amorepacific ABC Serum, MAC Select Foundation, Givenchy Hydra Magic Lip and Cheek Balm, NARS Multiple Bronzer in Palm Beach, and Chanel Rouge Allure in Fatale, which Miller calls her “perfect shade” of red lipstick. [Vogue U.K.]

The New York Times has decided to weigh in on the increasing popularity of nail-polish-as-fashion-accessory two years after the trend first became a matter of public discourse. But no matter; in a series of two articles, both published this week, the Gray Lady has joined the conversation, and here’s what she seems to be offering to the dialogue: Women—of all ages—are turning to new vibrant lacquer colors to “[take] a risk”; and men prefer pale pinks and clear topcoats to more experimental shades of green and yellow. Groundbreaking stuff. [NYT, NYT]

After a massive Facebook campaign to convince Mattel to make its one-of-a-kind bald Barbie a staple in its lineup of dolls for children with cancer, the toy company has conceded. The hairless dolls will come with an assortment of wigs, hats, scarves, and head coverings and will be available for donation and distribution early next year. [Times Live]

British perfumer Clive Christian, he of “the most expensive perfume in the world” fame, is getting into the Queen’s Jubilee spirit this year by offering his famed No. 1 fragrance in a new, collectible flacon. Only 500 bottles of the limited-edition Imperial Jubilee scent will be produced, with a higher concentration of the rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and ancient Indian sandalwood fragrance inside. The price? $1,300 a pop. [Racked]

Photo: Courtesy of Clive Christian

Fergie Gets Intense; William And Kate Make Their Eaux Face; And More…

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Fergie is expanding her Avon fragrance empire. After her first offering, Outspoken, shattered the company’s sales records, she has embarked on Outspoken Intense, a fruity-floral that features notes of kumquat and starfruit. It’s meant to mimic that moment right before the Black Eyed Peas front woman goes on stage. “My heart starts beating faster. The adrenaline kicks in. That’s the feeling.” [WWD]

Fellow rocker Gwen Stefani also has a successful string of perfumes to her name, but the No Doubt singer’s real passion is makeup, which she’s been wearing since the seventh grade. “I’m very vain,” she deadpans. “I love the visual.” [NYDN]

In honor of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April 29 nuptials, famed perfumer Clive Christian will be gifting the newlyweds his-and-hers versions of his No. 1 Perfume, valued at $11,000 for the set. Talk about the royal treatment! [WWD]

Another day, another towering, colorful Nicki Minaj wig for us to enjoy. [Daily Mail]

Look out, Blow NY. L.A.’s Dry Bar is branching out into the New York market, which means the competition for a great, quick blow-out just got a little stiffer. [WWD]

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

We Sniff Out The World’s Most Expensive Perfume

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Designer-turned-perfumer Clive Christian became something of a household name—to fragrance aficionados, at least—in 2007, when he was awarded the Guinness World Record for creating No. 1, the most expensive fragrance ever made. Christian revived the nineteenth-century perfume house to which Queen Victoria awarded the image of her crown in 1872 and spared no expense when producing the famed eau. Only five limited-edition bottles were released for sale, and each was encased in a heavy Baccarat crystal flacon encrusted with a diamond solitaire and accessorized with 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver. (There is a more “affordable” perfume spray option that rings in at a mere $865.) Today, we finally had the chance to smell the “world’s most expensive perfume,” and we have this to say: It smelled…nice. No, we haven’t fully experienced its “growth period” yet—the fact that it’s comprised of pure, undiluted oils like rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and ancient Indian sandalwood means that it evolves very intricately on your skin—but, so far, it’s…nice. The experience, on the other hand, was indeed very grand, seeing as how we got to sniff No. 1 in the presence of the Duchess of York, who was holding court at Bergdorf Goodman this afternoon to promote The Young Victoria, a new flick out December 18 that she produced with Martin Scorsese. While we tried to stare-without-staring at Fergie, we learned that Christian apparently has more record-breaking on his mind. There was talk around the fragrance counter of a new addition to his nicher-than-niche line to debut in the coming year. Break out the black AmEx!

Photo: Courtesy of Clive Christian