42 posts tagged "Guerlain"
Fragrance can be a mystifying beast. With all the celebrity endorsements, eye-catching bottles, elaborate marketing campaigns, and expansive ingredients lists, it’s often hard to sort out the winners from the stinkers. Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez set out to do just that with their new book, Perfumes: The A-Z Guide (Penguin; 2009). A leading scholar in the field of olfactory science (and the subject of Chandler Burr’s tome The Emperor of Scent), Turin brings his renowned expertise to the table, where it mingles with Sanchez’s witty prose for a delightful read—and an excellent resource for all future trips to the fragrance counter. Aside from providing an introduction to perfume criticism and an education in what separates feminine and masculine scents, the authors cover a brief history of perfume and also provide a thorough “frequently asked questions” section. Ever wondered about the differences between an EDT, an EDP, and a Parfum? They’ve got the answer. But the brilliance of the book is in the nearly 1,800 reviews. Turin calls Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely a “charming floral” that “makes you want to buy furry toys” and describes Paris Hilton’s namesake scent as “competent but depressing,” while Sanchez depicts Guerlain’s Champs-Elysées as “a sharp and shallow floral to go with Lucite-heeled shoes and a ditzy high-pitched laugh.” Like we said, it’s a delightful read.
After trading in her Calvins for Guerlain’s Shalimar last fall, Natalia Vodianova has become something of a muse for the French beauty brand. The company’s creative director, Olivier Échaudemaison, based his entire Fall color collection on what he calls Vodianova’s “fragile beauty,” offering up tools for getting her smooth complexion, bright cheeks, sparkling eyes, and rosy lips. Our favorite piece from the line is a limited-edition liquid blush called Russian Doll. We were expecting something in the vein of Benefit’s Benetint when we gave it a test run this week, but Guerlain’s interpretation of liquid is apparently quite different than ours. More of a shimmering cream, it goes on like sheer pink velvet and provides the perfect I-just-came-in-from-the-St. Petersburg-cold flush when applied to the apples of your cheeks. Vodianova’s crazy sick body is, sadly, a little harder to duplicate.
While Guerlain creative director Olivier Échaudemaison may have intended his new Rouge G de Guerlain lipsticks to register as powder cases-cum-jewels, the first thing we thought of when we saw the shiny bullets was spy gear. (The white gold-covered magnetic case was apparently inspired by a bar of gold, however—not Goldfinger.) Place Vendôme jewelry designer Lorenz Bäumer is responsible for the new objet d’art, which, when opened, reveals a mirror and a power-packed color formula that does actually function as something of a secret weapon. Ground ruby crystals embedded into all 25 shades interact with UV rays to diffract light and increase radiance, while liquid mother-of-pearl creates an opaque, smoothing finish. Additional elements like gugul resin to fill-in fine lines, tiger grass for a plumping effect, and wild mango butter to moisturize only serve to further our suspicions that this little number could definitely assist you with some serious espionage.
Recognizing that the style savvy in southern Missouri might be just as anxious as New Yorkers to partake of its iconic and often hard-to-find creations, Guerlain is expanding beyond its seven U.S. boutiques with an online trunk show to give everyone with access to a computer the chance to own a piece of its olfactory collection. For a limited 14-day period, the French brand has set up shop on www.neimanmarcus.com, so that if you do not call New York, L.A., Las Vegas, or Florida home, you can still get in on in-store exclusives—like the brand’s legendary 180th Year Collector’s Case with 18 classic best sellers (including Jicky, Guerlain’s still-popular elixir from 1889), of which only 60 pieces were made for sale in the United States. Click here to view the full list of offerings.
In fashion terms, the “little black dress” is something every woman should own: an easy, flattering piece that is as simple as it is sexy and glamorous. So ingrained has this dressing staple become in our social psyches that it has taken on metaphoric meaning, coming to represent the idea of a go-to for those times when dark clouds of crisis—be it wardrobe or other—start to gather. This month, the fragrance industry gets its own version of the fabric phenom with Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire, a licorice and sweet rose concoction with hints of Sicilian lemon and nutty macaroon. If the popularity of the original L.B.D. (or L.P.R.N. en français) is any indication, this flacon has success printed all over it—as well as a picture of a scooped neck, tie-sleeved version of the closet essential (see image above). We prefer a more hourglass cut, but that won’t stop us from spritzing generously.