Jill Stuart Crystal Bloom Beloved Charm

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Born in New York, in 1965, fashion designer Jill Stuart grew up in a ‘fashion’ family, and started at the age of 15. Her parents George and Lynn Stuart worked in Manhattan’s Garment District and created the label Mister Pants, which was an early creator of women’s tailored trousers and trouser suits in men’s fabrics. Lynn Stuart also had her own higher end label, and became known for creating outfits for actresses including Lucille Ball, Natalie Wood and Sheila MacRae.

In 1980, Jill Stuart begins her design career at the age of 15 selling her silver and leather chokers to Bloomingdales. Five years later she opened her first store, an Upper East Side boutique focusing on accessories such as belts and handbags. By 1990, her stoles, bags and fur accessories could be found in stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Her eponymous label was launched in 1993 and included Skinclothes – a range of leather garments, such as slip dresses, kilts, jeans and jackets. Since then, Jill Stuart hasn’t stopped gaining fame all over the world and has even launched two new brands in 2000 : a jeans and a lingerie collection. Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. In 2010 Jill Stuart started her cosmetics and fragrance line.

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This year Jill Stuart is celebrating five years of the Crystal Bloom Collection and is launching a new Crystal Bloom Beloved Charm fragrance, as well as a very lovely miniature collection (above). Beloved Charm is a feminine floral composition that reflects the aromas of a blooming garden full of freshness, greenery, and delicate flowers.

Top notes: Geranium, ‘snow-drops’, ‘sweet pie’
Heart: May rose, Lily-of-the-Valley
Base: Osmanthus, Musk, Cedar, Tulle accord

Crystal Bloom Beloved Charm reveals the scents of sweet peas, snowdrop flowers, and geranium in the opening of the composition, leading us to a bouquet of May roses and lemony, fresh and green lily-of-the-valley at the heart. The base intensifies the florals with the apricot-like osmanthus bloom embraced with musk, cedar, and the tulle accord characteristic of all Crystal Bloom editions.

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The color of the new bottle glass is a gradient from pink to gold and alludes to the floral nectar of the composition. There is a specially designed pendant, with a little mirror inside, on the neck of the bottle.

In addition to the new release of Crystal Bloom Beloved Charm, Jill Stuart will delight fans of the collection with a set of miniatures that includes five fragrances in 7.5ml bottles. The miniature set includes: Crystal Bloom Eau de Parfum, Crystal Bloom Snow, Crystal Bloom Blissful Breeze, Crystal Bloom Something Pure Blue, and the newest Crystal Bloom Beloved Charm.

Jill Stuart Crystal Bloom Beloved Charm is available as a 30ml and 50ml Eau de Toilette. Come into the beautiful world of Jill Stuart.

 

 

 

Van Cleef & Arpel’s Stunning Alhambra Guilloché Collection

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2018 marked the 50th anniversary of Van Cleef & Arpels’ iconic Alhambra collection, one that saw the launch of an all-new range of jewellery pieces which feature the intense reflections of guilloché yellow gold.

Highlighting the brilliance of yellow gold by way of the sunbeam-like lines etched on the surface of the metal.

In place of the carnelian, malachite or onyx hard stones you typically find within the beaded contour ‘clover’, this collection consists of a necklace, bracelet and pendant, all of which take after the guilloché yellow gold from the 2018 collection, this time mixed with diamond-paved motifs.

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Showcasing the guilloché technique – a technique originating from the 1500s, that giving volume to and emphasizing on the shine of gold, through the embellishment of lines on the surface, and has been used by the Maison since the 1910s. The mix of this heritage aesthetic with diamond-paved motifs adds a stunning dimension and texture to the jewellery with its shifting reflections bathed in warm hues.

The Alhambra motif, the French Maison’s famous four-leaf clover-inspired design that came about in 1968, in line with Van Cleef & Arpel’s belief in luck, are framed with beaded contours and topped off with a gold bead in its centre. The beaded frame is first reworked by master jewellers, after which the prongs – that are made round to add softness – are bent to hold the motif in its place. Lastly, the pieces are polished, completing a process of over 15 steps.

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Alhambra Guilloché necklace pendant yellow gold

 

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Alhambra Guilloché long necklace yellow gold

As with all the precious gems and diamonds that Van Cleef & Arpels uses, the pearls have also been selected with care, deriving primarily from the Australian seas. They are also naturally produced inside the seashells itself and feature a golden tone with changing overtones.

The collection also includes 2 Sweet Alhambra watches, both of which also shine brilliantly like the other pieces in the collection. The first model offered features a bright dial showcasing the guilloché technique, with interchangeable alligator straps.

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Sweet Alhambra Guilloché watch in yellow gold, interchangeable alligator strap, quartz movement

 

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Sweet Alhambra Guilloché watch in yellow gold, diamonds, gold mother-of-pearl, quartz movement

A jewellery watch that shines with its components – a mix of gold, diamonds and mother-of-pearl. This bracelet is made of alternating motifs that surround its gold dial. The different materials add dimension to the piece- with the mother-of-pearl’s golden hues and reflections, the guilloché’s reflections off its embellished surface and the diamond’s shine.

Step into the sun and you’re guaranteed a glow like no other, with the sunlight glinting on the gold that’s a sight to behold. Wear it everyday, or keep it just for special occasions, you just need to head down to your nearest Van Cleef & Arpels boutique to have a look for yourself.

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Guilloche is available at Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques, and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful worlf of Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

Dior’s Iconic Forever Foundation Just Got Upgraded with a Couture Leather Case

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French Maison Christian Dior‘s iconic liquid Forever Foundation just got a makeover perfect for those always on the go. The new Forever Couture Perfect Cushion provides a 24-hour long-wear formula while still giving your skin the hydration it needs.

Your ideal beauty tool and accessory, the Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion, in its slim and gorgeous case, is your must-have on-the-go product.

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup

Its new slim couture case comes in a classic black color adorned with the iconic cannage pattern in leather marked with a silver monogram. The beautiful thin design radiates elegance and modernity but is also environmentally friendly with its refillable case function using FSC-certified cardboard packaging. Dior takes its commitment to the environment one step further.

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The Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion will retail at $60 and the refills at $40. Expect these to launch in all Dior beauty boutique and beauty counters on August 12.

In the meantime,July 29, a new Maison Dior boutique has opened in Paris. Located on Avenue Montaigne, this spot is every girl’s dream. Come in the world of Christian Dior.

 

 

 

 

Mugler Fragrance opens freestanding store at Macy’s Chicago

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French Maison Clarins has opened a new boutique for its Mugler fragrance brand at Macy’s Chicago store, located on State Street. The new Mugler store was created around a concept the company called ‘The Art of Faceting Dreams’, combining a couture experience with surreal design elements, according to a press release.

With its soft curves and round modules in its architecture, this Mugler boudoir is designed to surprise and trigger personal emotions.

Christophe de Lataillade, International Creative Director of Clarins Fragrance Group.

Highlights of the store’s interior include a perfume fountain decorated by three suspended silver drops, furniture with black lining and a pair of ‘giving’ hands reaching out from one of the boutique’s walls, holding fragrances. To help visiting customers find products, the store features interactive technology like Mugler’s ‘Fragrance Finder’ system and ‘Radio Frequency Identification’ system. In addition, the boutique also features a display of twelve scents, called ‘the organ,’ that is designed to help customers find their best scent, the company said.

In addition to Mugler, Clarins Fragrance Group’s portfolio also includes the Clarins, My Blend and Azzaro brands. This past July, it was announced that the company has been in talks to sell both the Mugler and Azzaro brands to beauty giant L’Oréal, in a deal set to be completed sometime this year.

Come into the beautiful world of Thierry Mugler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the deal with parabens?

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With all these paraben-free products flooding the market, we can’t help but wonder exactly what parabens are, and if we really should be staying away from them…

If you’ve been paying attention in the beauty aisles, you’ll probably have noticed that there are more and more products popping up that are free from some or other ingredient, with the words ‘free from parabens’ possibly topping the lot.

Cue the panic. Parabens? What are parabens? Have I been using all the parabens and, as a result, slowly ruining my body? Is that why I have wrinkles? Or is this just another money-making gimmick giving brands an excuse to change us extra for the same old product?

OK, take a deep breath and calm down – we’ve got everything you need to know about parabens right here… But first this first:

What are parabens?

Parabens are basically preservatives that are added to many beauty products to prolong the shelf life, preventing the growth of bacteria, mould and fungi.

If you check the ingredients list and see methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben or propylparaben (so basically any fancy word ending in paraben), then you’ll know that product contains them.

They can be in anything from shampoos and body wash to mascara and face cream and, considering the fact that some products last in our cupboards for a good few months (or, in some cases, years), and many of these in super humid or moist conditions in your bathroom, they do need something to keep them ‘fresh’. But, as you know with food, additives and preservatives aren’t always that great.

Why are they so bad?

Well, that’s when we get into the good old grey area. A research paper published by a British scientist revealed that paraben traces had been found in breast tissue, however, there has been no link found between parabens and cancer.

What is evident from the research though, is that parabens are able to penetrate our skin into our bodies, and that isn’t ideal since it has been found that they do disrupt normal hormone production.

In addition to this, it has also been discovered that parabens are present in some marine life, meaning that once they inevitably end up in the ocean, they are breaking through the skin barriers of some animals.

But is there an alternative?

There most certainly is! These days, there are plenty of synthetic-free products out there, which means we don’t actually need to rely on these artificial ingredients any more – especially when they cause skin irritations for so many people.

Any self respected – green – brands will avoid parabens, and you’ll generally find the words ‘free from parabens’ splashed across the product’s packaging.

However, some non-green (mostly low-budget) brands simply replace one synthetic preservative with another one, so you’ll need to be clued up on your ingredients to be sure.

Final verdict on parabens…

At the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not you want to err on the side of caution, or if you’re trying to go more green, and if that’s the case, it’s time to bid parabens a farewell.

 

 

 

 

Hedi Slimane Debuts Celine’s Perfumes With A New Haute Parfumerie Line

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With the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Celine’s artistic, creative and image director in 2018, a new era of the French Maison was birthed. From the replacement of the previous accented logo (that received mixed reviews from critics) to the debut of the fashion house first male collection, Slimane has been dedicated to steering the brand in a fresh, new direction.

After a 55-year lull period from fragrances, Celine returns with its Haute Parfumerie Collection with Hedi Slimane at the helm.

And now, the man is reintroducing fragrances to Celine’s offerings. Since its first perfume in 1964 called Vent Fou, fragrances have taken a backseat at the French Maison. Come October, the brand will be opening the doors of its first Haute Parfumerie Boutique at 390 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris. It will house this 11-piece fragrance line that’s suitable for daytime and evening wear.

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The reinterpreted fragrance line will be nothing like its predecessors. While the Vent Fou was a floral-scented scent made for women only, Slimane’s Haute Parfumerie collection will feature modern, gender-neutral fragrances that deliberately steer away from traditionally masculine and feminine notes in its accords and compositions.

15 Years after the creation of Maison Christian Dior Perfume Collection, Hedi Slimane presents his Haute Parfumerie Collection for Maison Celine.

This seems only natural coming from Slimane, what with the man’s penchant for questioning the societal norms of gender through his collections and photographs.

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Expect the fragrances to be stamped with Slimane’s powdery signature, which informed his olfactory creations in 2004 when he reigned as Dior Homme’s creative director too. Slimane also meant for this faceted (see: not basic like short compositions) collection to reflect the classicism and sophistication of the Parisian spirit.

Just as at home on the wrist of a man as they are a woman’s, the scents utilise classic notes found in French perfumery of the Sixties and Seventies. The faceted accords and compositions in the collection deliberately make no distinction or separation between traditional masculine and feminine notes.

How? He does so by playing on emblematic notes of French perfumery from the ’60s and ’70s such as tree moss, iris, rose or chypre accords – since they are seen as timeless markers of perfumes back then. From Parade and Dans Paris to Eau de Californie, Reptile and Night Clubbing, there is a perfume for every inclination and event, each one as timeless as the next.

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The flacon is also made to reflect a certain French sense of je ne sais quoi. Designed by Slimane himself, the clean, minimalistic design evokes both the Art Deco era and the art of French glass blowing, thanks to its long, strong lines and lacquered black top.

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Here’s the full list of Celine’s 11 Haute Parfumerie perfumes.

Celine Haute Parfumerie Parade
Celine Haute Parfumerie Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Celine Haute Parfumerie Dans Paris
Celine Haute Parfumerie Cologne Française
Celine Haute Parfumerie Bois Dormant (launching in 2020)
Celine Haute Parfumerie La Peau Nue
Celine Haute Parfumerie Rimbaud (launching in 2020)
Celine Haute Parfumerie Eau De Californie

For Evening:
Celine Haute Parfumerie Reptile
Celine Haute Parfumerie Black Tie
Celine Haute Parfumerie Nightclubbing

Celine’s Haute Parfumerie Collection will be available at Celine’s Haute Parfumerie Boutique (from October), and you’ll be able to take a sniff of nine of the perfumes at Celine Boutiques worldwide from October 31, and the remaining two in 2020 – as if you needed another excuse to visit.

Come into the beautiful world of Celine.