Nina Ricci L’Extase Rose Absolue

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Maison Nina Ricci expands its famous L’Extase fragrance line. After the original L’Extase from 2015 and Eau de Parfum Legere version L’Extase Caresse de Roses from 2016, the new perfume is more about an intense, powerful, and long-lasting aroma flanker to L’Extase perfume that was launched in 2015.

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Composed by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, Nina Ricci L’Extase Rose Absolue is a floral warm spicy perfume, it opens with spices pink and black pepper along with luxurious flowery Taif rose accord. The heart of the perfume is made of Atlas cedar mixed with base notes of benzoin, patchouli, sweet vanilla and musk notes.

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Gorgeous French actress and supermodel Laetitia Casta is the face of the new perfume that comes this time in a black bottle adorned with a golden cap – inspiring an elegant, classic, yet modern perfume.

Nina Ricci L’Extase Rose Absolue is available in 80ml Eau de Parfum.

 

 

Perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian enters LVMH portfolio

French luxury goods company LVMH has agreed to buy a majority stake in French independent perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian as it expands in fast-growing niche luxury fragrances.

 

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In 1985, at the age of 26, Francis Kurkdjian created a perfume that would become the catalyst for his career; Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male. Now, the French-Armenian perfumer, who launched his eponymous brand in 1999 with French-Lebanese businessman, a former partner at Ernst & Young in Paris, Marc Chaya, has become the latest to sell to the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) portofolio.

Speaking about the new partnership in which both Kurkdjian and Chaya will continue in their roles, Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH says: “I am delighted to welcome Maison Francis Kurkdjian to the LVMH Group. Their avant-garde spirit and the quality of their creations give this fragrance House great potential and a promising future”.

“LVMH clearly understands the nature of our Maison, and the Group’s approach to custom-crafted creativity guarantees that our distinctive identity will thrive for the long-term”, added Kurkdjian, who has also previously crafted perfumes for Christian Dior, Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Nina Ricci, Baccarat, Carven, Narciso Rodriguez, Kenzo and Elizabeth Arden.

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Exploring new creative territories in fragrances through his own bespoke fragrance atelier, collaborations with artists and pop-up installations. Francis Kurkdjian received the honorary title of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 2008, and became a member in January 2016 of Comité Colbert, the association promoting French luxury and know-how.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian, with estimated annual sales of between 15 and 20 million euros, has two stores in Paris, four in Taiwan, one in Malaysia and another in Dubai.

Its perfumes, which cost up to 1,200 euros ($1,290) for 70 milliliters, are sold in more than 500 select locations in more than 40 countries.

 

 

 

Maison Francis Kurkdjian The Oud Mood Prestige Set

Maison Francis Kurkdjian The Oud Mood Prestige Set.pngThis beautiful OUD Mood Prestige Case was made and assembled by hand in the workshops of a Venetian master craftsman. Adorned in ‘royal’ blue and gold, the case holds five Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances to showcase the attention to detail and outstanding craftsmanship that the brand is famous for. This fragrance collection features the finest Eaux de Parfums and Extraits de Parfums.

The set contains as follows:

  • Francis Kurkdjian OUD Eaux de Parfums, 70ml
  • Francis Kurkdjian OUD Satin Mood Eaux de Parfums, 70ml
  • Francis Kurkdjian OUD Silk Mood Extraits de Parfums, 70ml
  • Francis Kurkdjian OUD Velvet Mood Extraits de Parfums, 70ml
  • Francis Kurkdjian OUD Cashmere Mood Extraits de Parfums, 70ml
  • Presented in prestigious hand made packaging

The set is priced at 1100 eur, on the official website of Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

 

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Elie Saab Nuit Noor

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Lbanese fashion designer is know for for his Haute Couture evening gowns worn by many celebrities on the red carpet worldwide.

Elie Saab Nuit Noor, a scent of contrasts inspired by Beirut.

Elie Saab Nuit Noor is a new oriental perfume for women being released later this month. The new perfume, Nuit Noor, promises to be sexier with a more daring scent. It is the darker side of the brand’s iconic Elie Saab Eau de Parfum, yet nice floral and truly seductive. It has a classic, elegant and accurate design inspiring a strong smell that emanates expression of glamor. Due to its long scent life, it will grab attention all day long. Nuit Noor is not overpowering, yet possesses a rich and smooth aroma tended to knock men out.

Top notes: Roses, Vetiver.
Heart notes: Ylang-Ylang.
Base notes: Patchouli, Incence, Pepper, Wood

Created by Francis Kurkdjian, Elie Saab Nuit Noor opens to seduce with magical and light rosy and velvet notes along with seductive and sexy ylang-ylang accords. The darker side of the perfume impresses with woody/spicy black pepper, incense and Indonesian patchouli notes taking the wearer to a fragrant journey to Beirut. Any product released by the house of Elie Saab is a piece of art, its dresses look marvelous, so are the brand’s perfumes – profound, elegant and fashionable.

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The flacon of Nuit Noor has kept the characteristic bottle shape of Le Parfum, but is this time covered in black lacquer, arriving in a chique black outer carton. Discrete details in gold are present to highlight the luxury and oriental character of the edition

Elie Saab Nuit Noor can be found in the Middle-East and will be available as 90ml Eau de Parfum.

 

 

 

 

Lily James stars in My Burberry Black campaign

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Actress Lily James stars in her first ever advertising campaign for a label, and for Burberry no less. Lily James succeeds British models Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, who are the current faces of My Burberry. She called following in their footsteps ‘an honour’.

Lily James – best known for her role as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey and for playing Cinderella in the 2015 Disney film – is shown provocatively in nothing but a black trench coat, dancing in the rain under an umbrella. The British singer-songwriter Duffy sings ‘I Put A Spell On You’ in the background.

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The steamy campaign was shot by the iconic photographer Mario Testino, under the creative direction of Burberry’s CEO Christopher Bailey, and, in a first for the brand, Lily James also took over its Snapchat today in anticipation of the company’s first sponsored Snapchat lens. The British actress features in several provocative shots, channeling the seductive fragrance of the new My Burberry Black.

The global launch of the sexy new fragrance last year was inspired by the heritage label’s (now combined holistically under the Burberry brand) black trench coat and created by legendary perfumer ‘wonder boy’ Francis Kurkdjian.

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The fragrance evokes the sensory appeal of being in a London garden amidst a gathering storm, heavy rain, contrasting with the warm and captivating flora.

The woman who wears My Burberry Black is confident in her own skin, intense and sensual and I think we really captured this with the campaign. My Burberry Black is about embracing your sensuality and the confidence in yourself. It’s British and fun and there’s freshness to it, a boldness….  To me, My Burberry Black has a beautiful, sensual smell. I like that there’s this sort of dark edge – the amber, and then there’s the rose and peach; it feels floral but with this kind of more sensual muskiness to it. It is sexy and sultry yet fresh.

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Fusing the scent of sun-drenched jasmine flower and peach nectar with a touch of rose. This signature rose note at the heart of My Burberry is given a sweet and inviting candied twist, while rich amber patchouli rounds off the scent for a deep and captivating finish.

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My Burberry Black is housed in a rich, amber-coloured glass bottle, whose overall design reflects the details of the black Burberry Heritage Trench Coat.

A dark horn-finish cap echoes its distinctive buttons and the hand-tied black English-woven gabardine knot – made in Castleford, Yorkshire – honours the weatherproof fabric invented by Thomas Burberry over 100 years ago.

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The flacon of My Burberry Black is presented in a black box with a gabardine inspired texture, embossed wih a golden knot.

Just as with My Burberry Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette, customers will be able to personalise their My Burberry Black bottle with up to three initials through the monogramming service available on Burberry.com and in selected Burberry and wholesale stores.

 

 

 

 

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

 

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Last year, crystal manufacturer Baccarat celebrated its 250th anniversary with the launch of the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance as a high point of the festivities. Presented in a beautiful, precious handmade Baccarat crystal bottle, the scent was carefully created by the perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.

The company is renowned for its chandeliers and glassware with these red crystal embellishments – red being the signature colour of Baccarat since 1847 when its first red crystal was created. And it is this transubstantiation of heat and mineral, as well as the sublime craftsmanship required to create the red Baccarat crystal, that has inspired this perfume and which Kurkdjian has attempted to recreate in fragrance form.

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Created for both men and women, the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance is the result of a partnership between the crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

The name of this very special anniversary limited edition was inspired by the bottle manufacturing process. Clear crystal mixed with 24-carat gold powder is gradually heated to a temperature of 540 degrees, metamorphosing it into a golden red color.

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Not long after the introduction Maison Francis Kurkdjian announced that the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance will become part of its celebratory perfume collection, and will be packaged in the perfume house’s iconic bottle.

Floral notes may be very popular among the masses, but I believe I’m in the minority of those who just aren’t into them mostly. Though Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 has floral notes, it’s the mix of woods and amber that totally make it completely for me. It’s an amazing blend of floral and woody which is perfect for a life-long floral opponent quite like myself. I imagine Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty would love a fragrance like this.

 

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, an Eau de Parfum born from the encounter between Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Baccarat, as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the iconic crystal house.

At first Baccarat Rouge 540 gives a fizzy effervervent rush with a warm candy-flossy blur before drying down to a mysterious long-lasting intense woody and metallic scent. A very alluring seductive perfume. As Kurkdjian says, “fragrance needs mystery” and this modern subtle and sophisticated creation certainly gives the wearer this.

Top (Breeze accord): Jasmine & saffron
Heart (Heat accord): Cedar wood
Base (Mineral accord): Ambergris

Luminous and sophisticated, Baccarat Rouge 540 lays on the skin like an amber floral and woody breeze. A poetic alchemy composed by Francis Kurkdjian, where the aerial notes of jasmine and the radiance of saffron carry mineral facets of ambergris and woody tones of a freshly cut cedar wood. A graphic and highly condensed signature.

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I’m a bit of a beauty snob, but there is truly nothing like an amazing high end fragrance that speaks to you and your senses. Baccarat Rouge 540 ranks high among the fragrances I’ve tried and will be in heavy rotation through summer. As expected with a fragrance of this caliber, it will last throughout the entire day. A perfume that is luminous, dense and intense.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Burberry

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Burberry is revving its engine in the fragrance market, and the British heritage brand is leaving it in the hands on some pretty big names.

Burberry felt Mrs. Burberry  (2014) needed a lover. A woody herbal Eau de Toilette, inspired by the heritage of British male perfumery. Slated for an April 2016 launch, Burberry’s new fragrance, Mr. Burberry, is inspired by the brand’s British-made Heritage trench coat. Yes, that iconic trench that, after many years, continues to have the world in a frenzy. The bottle even incorporates elements of the storied trench with the neck of the bottle tied with the same gabardine material the house uses to make its trench coats, and the cap, the Bakelite Burberry uses for their buttons.

 

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Mr. Burberry, created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, has top notes of zesty grapefruit, tarragon and cardamom. Middle notes of birch leaf, nutmeg oil and cedarwood. And base notes of sandalwood, vetiver and guaiac wood.

Shot by acclaimed Oscar® and Turner Prize-winning British director Steve McQueen, the campaign is his first commercial film and marks the first time Burberry and the acclaimed director have collaborated. Set in London, the film features British actor Josh Whitehouse and British model & actress Amber Anderson.

Burberry will launch Mr. Burberry in April, 2016.

I’ll keep you guys in the loop once those images and video become available!

Carven Pour Homme

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Carven is HOT! A sleek and elegant essence, Carven pour Homme could be the next scent embodying Parisian chic. As with the work of Guillaume Henri with the Maison‘s menswear, this fragrance follows the tradition of Carven fragrances for men, while providing the modernity to make it go through time.

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Carven pour Homme was created by perfumers Patricia Choux and Francis Kurkdjian. If the fragrance itself is very nice, the package matters – as often with perfumes. This one plays with the codes of menswear: the bottle reminds of a sleek silhouette with nice broad shoulders at the top, its lacquered black color shining like a pair of patent leather shoes – highlighted by the metal cap.

It’s a sophisticated fragrance . Some would say more gentlman’s drinking club than Sunday football dressing room. I don’t agree. I would love it in the lockerroom! I see it more suited to a man of class, maybe a slightly older, but certainly a man of confidance.

Underneath the heady and unsensored scent of violet you will find a complimentary fresh burst of grapefruit to bring a kint of sharpness to the proceedings, before you’re then plunged into it’s woody depths and the masculine and warming aspects of nutmeg, cedar , sage and sandelwood.

  • Top Notes: Violet Leaf, Grapefruit
  • Middle Notes: Nutmeg, Sage, Cedar
  • Basenotes: Vetiver, Sandelwood

 

Available as 30ml, 50ml and 100ml Eau de Toilette. There is also a range of products available for gents who want an all over smell such as Aftershave Balm, Deodorant Spray and Shower Gel.

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A very nice and beautiful fragrance for men, coming in an immaculate, pristine white case for a sharp visual effect. A true new classic in the tradition of Ma Grife and Vertiver. Patricia and Francis did a wonderful job!

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Last year, crystal manufacturer Baccarat celebrated its 250th anniversary with the launch of the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance as a high point of the festivities. Presented in a Baccarat crystal bottle, the scent was carefully created by the perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.

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The Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance is the result of a partnership between the crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian. This new celebratory fragrance will be available in mid-January 2016.

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The name of this very special anniversary limited edition was inspired by the bottle manufacturing process. In Francois Truffaut’s film of Ray Bradbury sci-fi title Fahrenheit 451, this is the temperature of the auto-ignition point of paper — the heat at which it will catch fire without being exposed to an external flame. In the case of the Baccarat crystal, it is a heat of 540 degrees that once applied, with consummate skill, to the raw materials of sand, lead and 24-carat gold powder metamorphosing it into the beautiful red incandescent crystal for which the house is famous.

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A few months later, Maison Francis Kurkdjian announced that the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance will become part of its celebratory perfume collection, and will be packaged in the perfume house’s iconic bottle.

This woody amber floral fragrance has opening notes of jasmine and saffron, followed by ambergris and cedar.

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Baccarat Rouge 540 in the iconic Maison Francis Kurkdjian bottle (70ml) will be available from mid-January in the brand’s Parisian stores. Price: €195. A limited numbered edition of 250 in a Baccarat crystal bottle will also be available. Price: €3,000 for 100 ml.

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Elie Saab Le Parfum L’Edition Argent

 

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Renewing the magic of Holiday season, Elie Saab proposes a sparkling and shimmering year end, born from an explosion of light.

Inspired from Elie Saab‘s sumptuous creations embroidered with sparkling pearls and sequins, the iconic bottle of Elie Saab Le Parfum transforms gold into shades of silver in an explosion of glitters.

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To echo the limited edition bottle, Elie Saab has designed a satiny silver box decorated with a gold rectangle which refinement adds a subtle contrast.

Francis Kurkdjian created a beautiful timeless feminine fragrance with Top note of orange blossom; Middle note of jasmine; and Base notes of patchouli, virginian cedar, rose and honey.

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Elie Saab Le Parfum L’Edition Argent Eau de Parfum Vaporisateur is available as  30 ml – 52,50 €,  50 ml – 79,90€ and 90 ml, 107,90 €