Elie Saab

Elie Saab was born in 1964, into a family with no links to fashion. In interviews he told that right from the beginning, ‘he dreamed only of escaping to fantastic faraway lands’. His first dress was created at the age of nine, for a younger sister; he spent all his spare time designing (and I’m not quite sure how his mother must have felt about her son taking his scissors to her curtains and tablecloths…). Word of his talent spread, and by the time he was a teenager, the most elegant women in the area were beating a path to this self-taught designer’s door. Astonishingly, at just 18, Elie Saab opened his own couture house with more than a dozen accomplished seamstresses!

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Elie Saab Haute Couture dress (Click photo to enlarge).

Until he launched his debut fragrance, Elie Saab Le Parfum, this Lebanese designer was a well-kept secret shared by some of the world’s most elegant and best-dressed women: a creator of beautiful, often bejewelled and richly-embroidered couture gowns which often reference his Lebanese background, yet look so perfect on that glamorous red carpet.

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The designer: Elie Saab

The luxury and detail of Elie Saab‘s designs soon won over the Middle East; today, he is the personal designer for many princesses: Lebanon’s ‘golden boy’, and that team of a dozen seamstresses has grown to over 100, producing between 800 and 1000 made-to-measure gowns. His inspiration might be 1950s Hollywood glamour, or the architecture of Frank Lloyd WriGutenberg Networksght or Le Corbusier. And his philosophy? ‘I like “womanly women”,’ he explains. ‘Women who twirl their dresses with desire and pride. Ever since my childhood in Lebanon, I’ve examined the way they dress. I’ve always wanted to please them by flattering their curves.’ And his sole ambition, he adds, ‘is to inject beauty into the lives of women.’ Today, he splits his time between the Middle East and Paris, where he was invited by the French Federation of Couture to show his collections on the official calendar.

A secret like Elie Saab can’t be kept for long, of course, and the East-meets-West nature of his gowns have been sought out by women from around the world for those moments when they long to shine and stand out: a wedding, a gala event, an Oscars ceremony… It was Halle Berry who put Elie Saab on the map when she wore a dress to the 2002 Acadamy Awards. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Beyoncé, Dita Von Teese and Christina Aguiliera have all worn his dresses, which are nicknamed the ‘stars’ lucky charm’. For the rest of us, there’s the ready-to-wear and accessories, and his perfumes…

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Halle Berry, one of the most beautiful women, wore a rare red diamond bracelet by Harry Winston to match her amazing elegant Elie Saab couture dress.at the Acadamy Awards, 2002 (Click photo to enlarge)

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It’s fair to say that nobody quite expected the phenomenal success of this (then) little-known designer’s debut fragrance. It was perfume maestro Francis Kurkdjian who was chosen to interpret the richness of the designer’s work alive with fragrant notes and harmonies. As Francis Kurkdjian comments: ‘What I found fascinating in working for Elie Saab was the idea of interpreting light; I didn’t have any specific images in mind, just sensations: the whiteness of the sun at its zenith, radiant femininity, a modern interpretation of voluptuousness…’ This floral solar woody fragrance was actually created as an ‘ode to light’: armfuls of orange blossom (a memory from Elie Saab‘s Mediterranean childhood), sumptuous absolutes from grandiflorum and sambac jasmine, sensually underpinned by patchouli heart. And in the base, a cedar woody accord, drizzled with rose honey for a touch of sweetness’.

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Elie Saab ‘Le Parfum’, 2011

Launched in 2011, in its very first year Elie Saab Le Parfum scooped the coveted ‘Fragrance Foundation Award (FiFi)’ for Best New Fragrance in the UK, the US and France, a phenomenal hat trick. Now it’s been joined by Elie Saab L’Eau Couture, also ‘signed’ by Francis Kurkdjian, in which ‘the green theme is given a delicately gourmand twist, based on the faint whiff of fresh almond from budding orange blossoms, Saab’s signature note’, and with ‘a fresh, radiant vanilla’, in its lingering finale.

Elie Saab is, as Vanity Fair observed, ‘remarkable for his ability to make clothes that make women feel beautiful’. To which we’d add: and now, for making fragrances which make women feel gorgeous, too. And with no time-consuming couture fittings required…

by Jean Amr

Dita Von Teese FleurTeese

 

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Sexy burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese launches a romantic and lovely perfume for women, FleurTeese.

Dita Von Teese FleurTeese inspires to be a flowery perfume with a passion to luxurious things and clothes. It is a fragrance to satisfy even the most audacious women. FleurTeese is the 3rd fragrance in the row that seems to be as successful and popular as the previous.

Dita Von Teese 'Fleurteese' by Scott Nathan

A scent needs to reflect all the different facets of my personality. It had to be ellegant, glamorous, sophisticated, sexy, dark ad mysterious.

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Dita Von Teese FleurTeese opens to offer a delicate aroma composed of Casablanca lily and Sambac jasmine mixed with fresh bergamot. The heart is made of flowers of iris, lilac and soft heliotrope along with creamy base of sandalwood, cedar and musky notes. This sensational FleurTeese perfume comes in an elegant and truly delightful purple bottle with a silver stopper.

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Dita Von Teese FleurTeese will be available later this month in two sizes, 20 and 40ml Eau de Parfum.

 

 

 

Dita Von Teese Rouge Perfume

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Sexy burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese presents her new perfume for women, Rouge. As the name suggests, Dita Von Teese Rouge is all about a passionate, romantic, provocative and seductive feelings that comes in a truly eye-catching and beautiful red color bottle. Its appearance inspires a lavish and expensive design with a sensual and strong aroma. Rouge by Dita Von Teese is described as the elixir of seduction and provocation. This perfume will make any men be mad about his woman.

Dita Von Teese Rouge opens with citrusy notes of orange, bergamot and pink pepper along with smoked Lapsang Souchong tea and magnolia notes. The base calms with woody notes and amber. Its intense ruby color and design inspire a perfume form the 20s, yet more delicate and more modern.

Dita Von Teese Rouge will be available as 20 and 40ml Eau de Parfum, natural spray-vaporization.

 

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Dita von Teese Art Deco boudoir

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A couple of months ago I have mentioned that gorgeous model Dita Von Teese will debut with her perfume for women. Today, burlesque beauty model Dita Von Teese presents her self-titled provocative perfume for women, Dita Von Teese perfume. Dita Von Teese in association with Luxess will launch her perfume this October, however in the USA it will arrive early next year.

I always wanted to be a grown woman that has something mysterious and elegant. So notes evoking candy, fruit, vanilla or freshness were out. I was really against those things because we’re constantly, as women, told that we should appeal to men, and you know men love vanilla and you know I just really don’t want to smell like a cake.

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The nose behind Dita Von Teese Perfume is famous perfumer Nathalie Lorson. It’s seductive and truly feminine aura made of bergamot, rose, bourbon pepper, jasmine, peony, sandalwood, patchouli and musky notes will make any woman shine elegance.

 

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Dita Von Teese EDP 40ml Atomizer

Dita Von Teese by Dita von Teese will be available in beautiful black glass Art Deco ‘boudoir’ style flacons as 20 and 40 ml Eau de Parfum. More about this perfume soon here on Yakymour….

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