Eagerly anticipated for some time now, Karl Lagerfeld’s debut line of signature fragrances was finally revealed at a special event in Paris. Described as ‘fashion for the nose’, the pair of female and male fragrances is said to form a ‘story of the desire and irresistible attraction; sensuality and magnetism of a seductive rock ‘n’ roll duo’.
Karl Lagerfeld Women’s Scent
Created by Serge Majoullier and Christine Nagel, the women’s scent opens the perfume’s olfactory fabric with peach and lemon, before working into a heart of magnolia, plumeria and rose, followed by amber, musk and woods base notes.
The creators of this perfume described its creation as translating a universe of fabrics, textures and strong cuts; strong images and values.
Karl Lagerfeld Men’s Fragrance
Jean-Christophe Hérault, who was responsible for creating the men’s fragrance, described the process as a translation of Lagerfeld’s emblematic black and white colours into a contrast of sensual and expressive raw materials.
Opening up with mandarin zest and lavender, the men’s fragrance then develops into a crisp heart of violet leaves and apple, before drying-down with amber and sandalwood.
Believing that fragrances should be highly sensual and are as important as clothing, Lagerfeld stated that, in his opinion, you do not just wear perfume because you wish to smell nice, but to feel beautiful or handsome.
Using his favourite models, Baptiste Giabiconi and Kali Neischer, renowned photographer Lagerfeld created an ad campaign designed to reflect the fragrances’ addictive, sensual nature.
Where to get Karl Lagerfeld’s Fragrances
Clad in exquisitely formed bottles echoing Lagerfeld’s edgy style, while simultaneously conveying sophisticated classicism and elegance with a classic touch of glass and a modern, bold twist provided by a high tech touch, the fragrances will be available exclusively from Karl Lagerfeld boutiques and Galeries Lafayette, as well as BHV Marais, Paris. In the meantime, you can learn more about them at Karl.com.
Bentley Fragrances has developed a fascinating new fragrance composition: Bentley for Men Azure.
This powerfully expressive fragrance with a fresh twist is a modern creation that appeals to sporty, smart and style-conscious men.
The luxurious scent was composed by Mathilde Bijaoui, who has been working for ten years at prestigious French fragrance house Mane and is one of the world’s top perfume creators. With Bentley for Men Azure, Bijaoui has created an entirely new and contemporary scent from the classic aromas of the fougère perfume family that is a stimulating and exciting fragrance experience for today’s discerning man.
Subtle woody, fresh and spicy notes
Bentley for Men Azure makes an immediate impact with a contemporary burst of freshness: the top note is an invigorating, stimulating cocktail of fresh citrus, delicious fruity pineapple and the wonderful herbaceous aroma of violet leaves.
The heart note of the composition is especially refined: spicy Mediterranean aromas such as pimento, lavender and sage round out a transparent hint of tea, subtle and highly modern. In order for the fragrance to convey the typical luxury feel of Bentley over time, the base note has sumptuous sensual essences such as cashmere wood, tonka bean and the exclusive fragrance molecule orcanox.
The high quality of Bentley for Men Azure is evident not only in its subtle complexity, but also in the harmony of the fragrances and its excellent staying power. Bentley for Men Azure is a completely unique and wonderfully refreshing example of a luxury woody, fresh and spicy fragrance!
It will be available from March 2014 exclusively in Harrods UK, and from April worldwide in selected perfumeries and department stores; RRP for the Eau de toilette 60ml is £43.00, and £59.50 for 100ml.
Bentley’s new fragrance (launched Summer 2013) is a first for the distinctive British luxury brand and unlikely to be the last if it’s as well received as it was when we were lucky enough to get our hands on a sample.
Designed for the cosmopolitan, self-confident, individualistic, and at the same time highly success-oriented man (we like to think this is us all over!), this fragrance can best be described as ‘a Bentley in a bottle’. It was created by top French perfumer Nathalie Lorson, who has pulled together the finest perfume raw ingredients and created a scent that can only be described as ‘leather meets wood’.
(Written by Toby Rose)
Before Harry Potter there was Bond. While the young wizard may be giving 007 a run for his money at the box office, in comparison he is most certainly wet behind the ears.
For this year, the man with the Golden Gun celebrates his 50th year on the big screen and almost as long as a movie legend.
This milestone in cinema history is being celebrated in Jermyn Street, the stamping ground of Bond creator, Ian Fleming. This Up Town corner of St James’s, which inspired this most British of movie icons, can be seen worn or splashed on by countless Bonds striding the screen.
Now the purveyors on this most sophisticated of streets are coming together to mark a very special 50th birthday.
Names steeped in Bond mythology join forces to celebrate their part in the Bond story. Visitors will get a chance to share in the Bond backstory. Jermyn Street is at the ready to bring to the fore its Bond heritage from shirts to eau de cologne.
Fleming had his office off Jermyn Street, home to outfitters which just ooze the style of the British gentleman. The only thing missing is an Aston Martin showroom. This is the home of the wardrobe that supplied the world’s most sophisticated spy. From this smartest of streets came cologne from Floris and shirts from Turnball and Asser, to name just a pair of high-class names with a Bond link.
And the Bond connection lives on. Though much has been made of the makeover provided by Daniel Craig the current Bond joins Bonds from Connery onwards by having his shirts crafted by Turnball and Asser. Here there are men of quality and style adorning the walls.
This Hall of Fame is a truly eye-opening insight into a world of the dapper. Many of the photos of past clients are not only signed, but also inscribed with a kind thought from a satisfied customer. And what a customer list! The famous faces looking out are testimony to the quality and discretion of this quintessentially English Jermyn Street. Quintessentially Bond. Indeed big names, which figure large on the wall of fame, include many legends of the big screen.
After looking at the gallery of the great on the walls, there is something very special in seeing the envelopes bearing the names of Bonds past and present, this is an extra special moment. It is an insight accorded to only the most trusted clients. So it was a great honour to see at first hand the vital statistics of a man with a license to kill.
The signature of Liberace at Turnball & Asser
The names linked with the Bond legend are joining forces to mark the fifty years since the smartest of spies. Also closely linked to the mystique of Bond are Floris, who provided the great smell of OO7 with their blend, No 89. And the creation comes from their historic shop, which has the air of a film set. So quaint and you sense the craftsmanship at work.
But the true magic is revealed to a chosen few who get to enter the back room where bespoke fragrances are created. In this room you get to sniff tapers of ingredients, which are mixed to create a personal scent. A sanctum sanctorum for the discerning and might be better known as the scented sanctorum.
The glass cases lined with bottles of the most exotic and rarefied smells are all tools for the alchemy that goes into the creation of each special scent. This most fashionable of chemistry sets could almost mark the cross over point with young Harry Potter. Though, needless to say, Floris would never consider waving a crow’s foot or snake’s tongue under a client’s nose. At the same time you know you are in the presence of magic.
So Bond is definitely fifty years young. A symbol of never outmoded style.
Fendi have launched their limited edition Giant Deluxe Vanity case, just in time for Christmas. Retailing for - £1,485.00, you can expect to get a Silvia Fendi designed giant Vanity case in ultra shiny black patent leather and an XXL case containing a luxurious 1L bottle of Fan di Fendi Eau de Parfum.
The case has been hand made in luxurious leather and is entirely embossed with the notorious hallmark, double F logo. This black and yellow covetable case houses a maxi mirror and a 1000ml of Fan di Fendi Eau de Parfum.
Available from www.escentual.com