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Italy has long been known for its fashion and fine wine. Now, Dolce & Gabbana sets to synthesize both worlds into one burgundy bottle with its latest eau de parfum, Intense. Similar to how the aroma of a wine reveals itself at different stages in the drinking process (think: swirl, sniff, sip), a perfume presents its various facets from initial spritz to dry-down. This new, full-bodied fragrance (available in October) is a combination of contrasting elements—a fresh top comprised of green mandarin, raspberry, and neroli leads to a feminine heart of rich fig, creamy orange blossom, and carnal tuberose (a note once described as “the harlot of perfumery” by fragrance historian and notable “nose,” Roja Dove). A sensual composition of musk, sandalwood, and a unique marshmallow accord (guimauve) at the base is ultimately where the strength of this scent lies. And just as you would choose a wine based on the meal, you should select a fragrance based on the occasion and what you’re wearing, explains Will Andrews, a scent scientist and Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance Expert. This heady blend is reminiscent of an inky Petite Sirah or bold Merlot and should be reserved for after-dark occasions—preferably paired with one of the label’s revealing black lace dresses (which should be deemed NSFS—not safe for Sunday) from its recent Catholic Church-inspired Fall 2013 collection.
A Sneak Preview of Dolce & Gabbana’s New Commercial Starring Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are known for pulling out all the stops when it comes to their celebrity-studded campaigns. Over the weekend, paparazzi snapped Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey shooting a new television commercial for the Italian label in New York’s West Village. Johansson and McConaughey, who’ve appeared in D&G advertisements for the One Desire and the One Gentleman fragrances, respectively, cruised around in a vintage Alfa Romeo sports car while taking direction from Martin Scorsese. The A-list actress (who recently appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair France‘s premiere issue) evoked old-Hollywood glamour in a black lace dress, with her wavy blond tresses swept back into a low, loose bun, and dramatic, winged liquid eye liner. Do you think the duo makes a good match?
Photo: Nancy Rivera / ACE Pictures
With the endless rains we’ve been having this summer, there’s been no shortage of flora and fauna in our midst. While our backyard is far from a botanical paradise (who has the time to prune?), there are plenty of wildflowers in bloom. Those lush pops of color on the petals, of which we’re now so fond, also happen to be the inspiration behind Dolce & Gabbana’s latest Love in Taormina nail polish collection. Each shade is given the Italian name for a flower native to the ancient town of Taormina, Sicily, including Bouganville, a rich fuchsia layered with purple; Ibisco, a dark pink with a vintage patina; Oleandro, a soft pearly pink; Camelia, a fluorescent coral with a touch of red; and our personal favorite, Iris, a dark misty violet. Rounding out the collection are three new nail-care items to help prolong the life of your lacquer job. The Protective Base Nail Coat preps the bed of your nails, filling in any cracks to create a smooth canvas so your color won’t streak. High Shine Nail Coat contains diamond powder to strengthen the enamel and lend a glossy finish, while the Matte Nail Coat does what the name implies and dries down to create a hazy, matte effect, like flowers faded in the sun.
Ask any number of beauty trend-spotters, team Beauty Counter included, and they’ll tell you that dip-dye has gone the way of the Walkman. Fervor over the street-style strand statement, which made a splash on the runways for four straight seasons before transitioning to the red carpet and then going mainstream, has waned, but a few dedicated hair heroines have stayed the course. Never was that more apparent than at the Dolce & Gabbana and Cinema Society-hosted screening of Madonna: The MDNA Tour in New York last night, where Madge was surrounded by a cadre of notables, including Alison Mosshart and Kelly Osbourne. The soon-to-be sisters-in-law, who flanked either side of Matthew Mosshart for most of the evening, were both repping their signature streaks hard—dusty rose for the Kills frontwoman and washed-out lilac for the E! Fashion Police host. It’s impressive how true both women have remained to their deliberately muted dye jobs, an effect that is easier than ever to achieve, thanks to product innovations like Manic Panic’s new Pastel-izer; It almost makes us want to revisit the fad. Almost.You too?
One whiff of Dolce & Gabbana’s iconic Light Blue fragrance, and it’s easy to see why the Sicilian-citron, Granny Smith-apple, jasmine, bamboo, amber, and musk eau has remained a best seller for twelve years. The scent is lighthearted, boasting a certain effervescence that allows it to be unobtrusive while still making a lasting impression. “When you smell it, you smell summer,” says Bianca Balti, the latest face of the iconic scent, whose Mario Testino-lensed ads, shot in Capri, just started to appear in glossies worldwide. A first for Balti—a season-spanning favorite of the Italian design duo who has fronted a number of their fashion campaigns but never a fragrance—the images feature her golden limbs alongside those of male model extraordinaire David Gandy as the two lounge around the Mediterranean island. Here, the model reveals how she wears her Light Blue, as well as summer hair remedies to live by.
How does this scent embody the spirit of the Mediterranean climes featured in its ad campaign?
It’s not because of the campaign or the TV ad that we think about the Mediterranean with this fragrance. When you smell it, it’s really citrusy—lemon. When you smell it, you smell summer. Then comes the Capri sentiment. If I have to think about a woman who wears it, it’s more of a teenager. It’s like the excitement of holidays from school. It’s fresh and bubbly, like the flirtation when you’re a teenager, and you fall so much in love for a week with a guy you meet when you’re on vacation with your parents, and then you never see that guy again! It’s so strong, but fresh. There are not very similar fragrances. It suits you better in summer, but if you put it on with gray skies, then you feel a little bit of summer, too.
Are your summers, as I imagine them based on these ad images, all bronzed limbs, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous white bikinis?
I’m Italian. I go to the beach. I put SPF 50 on, but I get tan anyway. You need to keep your skin safe, but you know, my whole routine is under the sun, diving in the water, under the sun, diving in the water…
Where does fragrance factor in? Where do you apply it—and when?
[I apply it] everywhere. After I get out of the shower, I put on the perfume, and then after, when I get dressed, when I go to the mirror to check [myself] out. I spray it and walk through it so it gets on my clothes and in my hair—just in case. My bag is usually already really heavy, so if I take the perfume, it’s too much. That’s why I put a lot on in the morning.
What are your other big beauty indulgences?
When I lived in New York, I got a manicure and pedicure twice a week—I loved it. I relaxed, I read magazines. Even if I didn’t need it, I loved it. In Italy, it’s different. You don’t have that kind of walk-in process.
What about makeup? Do you never leave the house without foundation, mascara, et cetera?
Working so much, I don’t put so much makeup on myself. I go with no makeup to shoots, and then when I take a shower, I moisturize my skin, and I do a hair mask. My hair gets very much stressed-out, and that stresses me out. I’m really obsessed with my hair. I feel like I had twice the amount of hair that I have now before I started modeling.
What kind of mask do you use?
I put a lot of oil [on]—whenever I fly, even through the night—and wash it out the morning after. If I don’t work for three days, I keep it in for three days, comb it, and put my hair in a chignon. It just looks really clean. On flights it’s great because it’s so dry. I try to keep my hair moist, and the more it’s moist, the less I have split ends. I started with the Argan oil when I went to Morocco. That’s when it all started. But sometimes it’s hard to wash it out, so I use the L’Oréal [Elvive] Extraordinary Oil. It absorbs very fast, so it doesn’t dirty the pillow—and it washes out very easily.