927 posts tagged "Fragrance"
There’s no coming between Beyoncé and her hair. The singing sensation and Met Ball co-chair reportedly demands complete creative control of her hair on set—specifically the set of the four fashion films she recently shot for H&M. [Business Insider]
After almost a year of legal battles, the Kardashian sisters have finally agreed to change the name of their cosmetics range from Khroma Beauty to Kardashian Beauty, to avoid having to pay the copyright holder of the Kroma cosmetics brand $10 million in damages. [Daily Mail]
First came the news that Amanda Seyfried would be the new face of Givenchy’s Very Irresistible fragrance, and now comes the TV ad for the perfume starring the Lovelace actress. It’s a little spaghetti Western, a little nouvelle vague, and it’s got a lot of attitude. [YouTube]
The fragrance flacon as minaudière is not a new idea. For the eighty-fifth anniversary of its iconic Arpège perfume, Lanvin debuted a handbag version of the classic orb-shaped bottle at its boutiques in February, and Viktor & Rolf followed suit a month later, showing black and white clutches shaped like its faceted Flowerbomb on its Fall runway in Paris. But as famous flacons go, there is perhaps none more celebrated than Chanel’s No. 5, which is currently enjoying a full-fledged museum exhibition in its honor at the Palais de Tokyo—and, as of yesterday, its own minaudière. “That’s fun, no? Why not? It’s a beautiful shape [that] the world knows. It’s considered the most famous perfume bottle in the world,” Karl Lagerfeld told our man on the ground in Singapore when asked about the haute accessory that debuted on the Chanel Cruise runway and could see a Fall release date. “After all, it’s a square—you can make a handbag out of it.” So true.
Since expanding their well-loved boutique brand to include fragrances in 2009, Odin‘s Eddy Chai and Paul Birardi have had a steady stream of olfactory wins, teaming up with the master perfumers at Drom on six unisex perfumes, as well as corresponding scented candles two years later. Their success is partially due to a palate for exotic essences, as well as an increasingly eclectic range of different muses that tends to weigh heavily on well-loved travel destinations. It’s somehow fitting, then, that their latest eau is called Roam. With roots in the Amazon, specifically Amazonian incense resins, which are the standout feature of this flacon, the scent evokes the damp darkness of the rainforest via additional essences of bittersweet saffron, wild coffee flower, coconut milk, and ebony woods. It’s smoky and rich—and it could wear you if you’re not careful. But that in itself should be incentive enough to take it on, especially for true fragrance fanatics who are in the market for a challenge.
For a certain breed of fashion-savvy New York woman who likes her clothes artful, impeccably constructed, and as un-label-y as possible, Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s eponymous Lower East Side store serves as a style mecca of sorts. The airy space is filled with eclectic and vintage objets alongside a coterie of clothes and accessories from just-under-the-radar labels such as Susan Cianciolo, Ohne Titel, Undercover, Christian Wijnants—and, as of this spring, Nassir Zadeh’s own; the Iranian RISD grad (she studied textiles) recently launched a ready-to-wear and footwear collection that plucks influence from two of her favorite eras: the splashy palette of the seventies and the minimalist construction of the nineties. Her fabric-focused background informed the selection of featherweight knits, woven silks, and vintage dead stock—all of which have an easy, unfussy elegance that has become Nassir Zadeh’s trademark. Here, she gives us a peek into her equally relaxed beauty routine
The Spa Ritual: We Care
“This beautiful, cozy, and low-key oasis used to be one of my regular health rituals in my mid-late twenties, before I moved to New York. Located in Desert Hot Springs, We Care is a cleansing retreat where you fast and take liquid supplements to detoxify. There is a pool, sauna, nutritional classes, healing, and yoga; you can schedule treatments throughout the day for colonics, facials, massages…. The Spa is located on gorgeous grounds, and you can hike throughout the property and just take it slow and focus on health and healing.”
For more information, visit www.wecarespa.com.
The Forever Fragrance: Creed
“Creed Silver Mountain Water has become my signature scent. I have been wearing it on and off since 2003. I can’t smell it on me, but I love when I smell it on other people, or if my husband uses it; it is unisex and smells different on everyone but always smells fresh and clean.”
The One and Only Stylist: Kazue at Kiyora Salon
“One of my dear friends, Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava, first turned me on to getting haircuts by Kazue three years ago, and since then she is the only one who cuts my hair. Between Lisa and I, we have turned at least twenty people on to her and have followed her to any location. I never like to feel like I just came home from the salon, and her haircuts are not fussy. Kazue takes her time and is the master of this Japanese hair-thinning technique, which is essential for my thick hair. Her haircuts also grow out beautifully and last a long time—and [she] gives the best head massage.”
15 East 12th Street, NYC; 212-414-4488, www.kiyorasalon.com.
Since I discovered its Kobé fragrance about two years ago, which boasts subtle traces of crystallized ginger, coriander root, and sweet fig, French ceramics and fine-fragrance purveyor Astier de Villatte’s scented candles are the only scented candles I burn in my apartment—which is saying something, as the arsenal of perfumed luminary options that line the shelves of the Style.com beauty closet is impressive. It’s legendary perfumer Francis Caron’s light yet experienced hand that makes them so special—and Emilie Mazeaud, Ivan Pericoli, and Benoît Astier de Villatte’s dedication to paying homage to “the most magical places in the world” through fragrance that further transforms each of the brand’s perfume profiles into a veritable olfactory journey.
In keeping with the tradition of dedicating their scents to exotic locales, team ADV has partnered with interiors expert and decoupage master John Derian to launch the latest in its series of destination-based candles: Provincetown. “We talked about the things that I loved, and my biggest inspiration was being in Provincetown,” Derian explained last night at a party to fete the collaboration at his as-yet-unfinished East Village store that will officially open this summer. “I was taking a walk with some friends one winter, and we could smell ice blowing off the ocean and spring at the same time. It was a sort of nothing smell. And that’s kind of what I wanted,” he continued of the candle, which comes in three different vessels—two printed ceramic containers designed by Derian, as well as Astier’s classic glass goblet—and is meant to resemble the aroma of the Cape Cod beach town where he has a house and a retail location. Caron’s interpretation of this “nothing smell” features hints of star anise, basil, Italian bergamot, Texan cedar, eucalyptus, fennel, and peppermint for a unique offering that does in fact make the mind wander to thoughts of sea, sand, and a long stroll along the famous dunes in P-town, as it’s called by those in the know. “We’ve never been, but we’re going to go maybe this summer,” Mazeaud said of some East Coast-via-Paris travel plans that are in the works. They’d certainly have one hell of a tour guide in Derian.
From $83, available May 2013 at www.johnderian.com.