August 23 2014

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44 posts tagged "Perfume"

Cara Delevingne Strips for Tom Ford



Tom Ford campaigns don’t typically break from their well-established mold—by now, nudity isn’t so much expected as it is a prerequisite for the designer’s fragrances. Hey, you know what they say—sex sells. Still, we couldn’t help but call out the latest Mario Sorrenti-lensed imagery for Black Orchid starring Cara Delevingne (who was just named one of the industry’s highest-paid models). Submerged in an inky pool and surrounded by velvety petals, Delevingne’s in-demand derriere is one element that strategically rises to the surface—and for the record, it looks great. We’ve seen Ford’s previous perfume ads spotlight breasts, bums, and other NSFW areas, but the supe’s curves still pack a serious punch.

Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford

Gwyneth Paltrow Suits Up Like a Boss



Hugo Boss wants you to stop and smell the roses—preferably in a sharp tux. The label’s newest fragrance, Boss Ma Vie, was created with simple pleasures in mind (i.e., not conscious uncoupling). To capture the concept in the new campaign, artistic director Jason Wu styled Boss ambassador Gwyneth Paltrow in a plunging take on the classic tuxedo. “The tuxedo suit [has] impeccability and precision, mixed with feminine details, [which] is what brings the softness,” Wu said. Similarly, the scent’s three notes—cactus blossom, rosebud, and cedarwood—symbolize modernity, femininity, and confidence, respectively. Not sure you can wear the pants like Gwyneth? Wu has an answer for that. “I think the key element in pulling off a look is beautiful tailoring, which is the Hugo Boss DNA—a great shape and a confident woman.” A flawless blow-out and strategic spritz of perfume certainly help, too.

Available September 1. Boss Ma Vie Pour Femme, $80;


Photo: Courtesy of Hugo Boss

Spend Your Weekend in the Clouds With Marc Jacobs



On a blustery evening back in February, fashion’s elite watched Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 collection float down the runway at the Armory underneath a ceiling scattered with Magritte clouds. Now that the Polar Vortex has passed and the designer’s latest fragrance, Daisy Dream, is making its public debut, Jacobs is celebrating with an open-air lounge this weekend located just outside Madison Square Park. In addition to stark white couches buffered by pillowy, blow-up clouds (which make for the perfect retreat after a day of power shopping on lower Fifth), there are iPads installed in the space that allow you to virtually record your hopes and dreams. Expect an e-mail from the “MJ Daisy Dream Capsule” a year later reminding you of the goals you set. Here’s to making those lofty ambitions a reality by the time next summer rolls around.

Marc Jacobs Dream Cloud Lounge, Madison Square Park triangle, 23rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, August 14-18 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Don’t live in NYC? The Dream Cloud Lounge will be making its way to Chicago (August 21-25), San Francisco (September 4-8), and Dallas (September 12-16). Or enter your dreams online at


Photos: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

Not Your Grandmother’s Rose Perfume


To spritz or not to spritz, that is the question. critic and perfume industry legend Luca Turin reviews the latest fragrance launches and answers this age-old question.

Name: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture
Notes: Raspberry, rose, vetiver
Nomenclature: Spicy rose

“One of the mysteries of perfumery is the skillful management of both time and distance: In the olden days, as my 15-year-old son refers to anything that happened before 2000, many fragrances smelled downright wrong close up and early on. What the great perfumers like Jacques Guerlain and Germaine Cellier (to name but two) wanted was a delayed effect that would magically “knock out” the intended victim two hours in, at a range corresponding to the diagonal of a dinner table.

In this respect, LPRN Couture is a stunning success. Up close it is a strange cacophony of fruity, spicy, and floral notes, as if Nahéma had collided with Coco Mademoiselle. Step back—or better still—walk out of the room and come back after a few minutes, and you will immediately understand that this stage makeup was never intended for close-ups, but works best when you forget it and suddenly wonder, What’s that great smell?

One thing that especially endears it to me is the weird long-term freshness that Thierry Wasser somehow builds into the fabric of his fragrances, as if he alone was privy to a licorice-lavender accord that goes on forever. Beautiful work, and under the present low-cost, reduced-palette circumstances, borderline miraculous. I give it 4.5 stars, to leave room for proper 5-star miracles.”

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For another review from Turin’s bimonthly column, click here.

This Is What a Lady Dior Handbag Smells Like



It could be said that fashion is as much a study in mimicry as it is in inventing something new. The cannage pattern on the Lady Dior handbag was inspired by the canework on the gold Napoleon III-style concert chairs that were routinely set up for Christian Dior’s Haute Couture shows in his salon. And similar to how the French house channeled elements of furniture into a purse, resident perfumer François Demachy replicated the scent inside the aforementioned accessory for his latest addition to the Privée collection: Cuir Cannage. “I wanted it to smell of leather, but there is also [a hint of] lipstick, tissues, and imagination,” he explained of the fragrance. The resident nose combined signature floral notes (like orange blossom, jasmine, rose, and iris) with raw materials, such as birch wood, cade oil (obtained from a juniper tree), and the leaves of the labdanum plant, to produce the “burned,” leather effect. In addition, Demachy relied on modern science and an exclusive new molecule to achieve the unique leather accord. The result of this project, which the perfumer refers to as “recreation” rather than work, is nothing short of an instant olfactory classic.