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4 posts tagged "Joya"

The Bandage Dress, in Candle Form

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Cindy, Naomi, Linda—all the original one-name wonders—were intimately familiar with the power of an Hervé Léger. The French house’s iconic figure-swaddling bandage dress was released in 1994 and designed to leave little—well, really, absolutely nothing—to the imagination. Donned by some of the most famous figures of all time, the barely there, crisscrossing swathes of fabric would become the stuff of fashion history. The Léger brand has been the property of Max Azria since 1999, but now, at long last, the couturier is back. While Léger has continued to churn out statement dresses over the past 13 years, he has done so under the name Hervé L. Leroux for licensing reasons—the same name he’ll be using come January when he rejoins the Paris haute couture calendar. So it seems there is no better time to pay homage to the legendary fashion icon, and Joya is doing just that. The boutique fragrance brand’s new Giroflee candle created in collaboration with Leroux boasts a uniquely potent, and unabashedly sensual, floral blend (jasmine, tuberose, and gardenia) in a gorgeous sculpted black matte glass case that mimics his signature draped, body-conscious silhouette. Needless to say, it’s a real head-turner.

Joya x Hervé L. Leroux “Giroflee” candle, available at Henri Bendel, Colette, and joyastudio.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Joya

Staghorn Party

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Our favorite kind of collaborations are those in which we have nothing but love for both brands involved. Such is the case with the latest meeting of the beauty minds, which has allied two New York fragrance collections with serious cred together in olfactory harmony. On one side there’s Joya, Frederick Bouchardy’s uniquely-imagined fine fragrance and candle line; on the other is D.S. & Durga, the indie perfume label with a story-driven approach to scents. Their first release: Staghorn Sumac, which boasts hints of wild lily and bison grass, along with its namesake leafy shrub for an effect that’s meant to mimic the “windswept grasslands of the Great Plains and the inner air of a Dakota teepee.” It has an immediate sharpness, but dries down to an appealingly earthy aroma that seems to meld with the skin. Each of the limited-edition porcelain-plated bottles has been sewn into a swatch of vintage dead stock fabric—a thoughtful finishing touch that makes us hope that this is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the brands.

$120, available at www.dsanddurga.com and www.joyastudio.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Joya

Joya Does You a Solid

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Fragrance in solid form dates back to ancient Egypt, but it was during the Elizabethan era that well-to-do ladies began to use pomanders. Large versions of the scented perfume balls encased in perforated silver were hung from the ceiling as a home fragrance, while smaller ones were worn as necklaces. Queen Elizabeth I reportedly preferred a damask rose and ambergris blend. Fast forward a few centuries and cult fragrance brand Joya has teamed up with design collective Vane to create a trio of meticulously-crafted, vintage-inspired solid perfume accessories available at Anthropologie. The timepiece is a pocket-watch-style pendant packed with Royal Jasmine perfume, a blend of Spanish jasmine, tuberose, tonka bean, and sandalwood; the ornate oversize safety pin boasts a pan of Moro Blood Orange, a mix of blood orange, tangerine, tiare flower, and musk; and the super-feminine, heart-shaped brooch features Starleaf, a fusion of orange blossom, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, jasmine, and sweet musk. QE1 would approve.

Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie

Joya’s New Division

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New York’s Joya has already established itself as a formidable player in the home-fragrance field. Its founder, Frederick Bouchardy, was one of Fashion Group International’s 2010 nominees for the International Rising Star Award for beauty and fragrance entrepreneur, and Joya has already collaborated with heavyweight arbiters of cool Opening Ceremony and Rodarte. Thus far, its fragrance vessel of choice has been candles. But Joya is officially entering the parfum category with two unisex offerings, now available at Opening Ceremony. Composition No. 1 is an unusual take on the ubiquitous summer citrus eau. Tart notes of Italian mandarin, Brazilian orange, and fresh quince are blended with heady florals like tuberose and then laid over a rich musk and sandalwood base. Composition No. 6 couldn’t be more different from its sister scent. A lush mix of Fujian cypress, yuzu, cedarwood, and meadowgrass, it’s a potent take on a typical green fragrance with a clean, sharp quality. Both are oil-based, so they sink into the skin and mingle with its natural chemistry rather than sitting on top of it. As for the flacons, the faceted porcelain orbs with 22-karat gold-dipped wands were hand-cast by Brooklyn artist Sarah Cihat, with whom Joya previously created a sold-out candle, too. Inspired by Lanvin’s classic Arpege, the bottles resemble beautiful antiques; the Compositions inside, on the other hand, feel as current as those rainbow-colored, fringed Tsumori Chisato espadrilles they share downtown retail space with.

Photo: Courtesy of Joya Studio