Lights on Catherine Dior, the real Miss Dior

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Christian Dior’s sister was a woman of strong character, heroine of the Resistance. She was the vigilant guardian of her brother’s memory, always preferring the present moment to nostalgia worship. Simplicity, courage and loyalty seemed to be the watchwords of Catherine Dior’s life. Miss Dior was created for her… A brother’s discreet tribute to his beloved sister.

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Created in 1947 by Jean Charles and Paul Vacher, Miss Dior is a Chypre floral. Top notes are aldehydes, gardenia, clary saga, galbanum, and bergamot. Middle-notes are iris, carnation, jasmine, neroli, lilly-of-the-valley, orris root, rose, and narcissus. Base notes are vetiver, sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, patchouli, labdanum and leather.

Today Miss Dior is available in several sizes and different flacons, accompanied by a beautiful bathline. The collection is available at Dior boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.

 

 

 

Lets Talks About the Future

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Fashion designer André Courrèges was particularly known for his streamlined 1960s designs influenced by modernism and futurism, exploiting modern technology and new fabrics. Courrèges defined the go-go boot. The original go-go boots, as defined by André Courrèges in 1964, were white, low-heeled, and mid-calf in height, a specific style which is sometimes called the Courrèges boot. Along with Mary Quant, is one of the designers credited with inventing the miniskirt.

The New York Times described him as ‘The brightest blaze of the year’. to emphasis the change from the little black dress to the white dress. Designers such as Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne taking influences towards ‘Future’ fashion looks. With new popularity, his designs trickled down to mass production companies that created affordable designs similar to Courrèges.

He paired his shorter skirts with white or colored leather, iconic calf-high boots that added a confident flair to the ensemble. This look became one of the most important fashion developments of the decade and was widely copied. Accessories were inspired by astronauts equipment such as; goggles, helmets and flat boots. White and metallic colour ways were implemented to emphasise the futuristic collection. He utilised unconventional materials such as metal, plastic and PVC which was unusual for couture ateliers.

 

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Already in 1997 Maison Courrèges dreamed up the perfume 2020, which was drawn in floral, fruity and woody lines, revolving around a note of frosted pear. The iconic fashion house of the sixties today renews its futuristic verve, to bring us to a future tinged with audacity and freedom.

With the new line Colognes Imaginaires, Courrèges projects us into the future. True to its avant-garde soul, the French Maison still dares to imagine an optimistic future, through a range of colognes filled with a positive spirit.

Courrèges 2030 Verbena Crush

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Created by perfumer Mylène Alran, 2030 Verbena Crush, is undoubtedly the one that fits most in the ‘cologne’ universe, with its citrus and aromatic notes. Zooming in on the green and tart nuances of verbena, whose essential oil inevitably evokes the scent of lemon, the scent brings some herbaceous touches, as well. Alran dreamed of a future tinged with serenity, so she embroidered her composition around a crumpled verbena leaf (whose soothing properties are known). Orange and lemon brighten it with a zesty and luminous effect, and some herbaceous notes stretch the greenness of the plant, carried by hedione to dress it with an aerial transparency. In the background, the musks imbue the perfume with a comfortable and padded suppleness. A scent of soft and sparkling freshness.

 

Courrèges 2040 Nectar Tonka

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On the opposite side of the olfactive map, 2040 Nectar Tonka foresees a warm future, with its slightly gourmand oriental notes. Still a ‘light’ fragrance – we stay in the ‘cologne’ style – perfumer Benoist Lapouza put the round and almondy notes of tonka bean center stage, hemmed with vanilla and enriched with some woody and spicy touches (pepper, cinnamon) to complete the picture. A fairly dense and textured feeling emerges from the whole, which will appeal to lovers of enveloping ‘colognes’.

 

Courèges 2050 Berrie Flash

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Since the future will have plants, or there won’t be a future at all, perfumer Nicolas Beaulieu portrayed it with green, sparkling, fruity notes. 2050 Berrie Flash reveals itself under a lively, sparkling flight, which gives pride of place to juniper berries. This very uplifting sensation, underlined with some spicy touches of cardamom and nutmeg, is placed around a bay leaf note with vegetal accents. The blackcurrant bud brings up all of its green and fruity nuances, and a few rose and geranium touches are outlined in the background, resting on a wooded bed. An at once powerful and mutinous ‘cologne’.

 

Courrèges 2060 Cedar Pulp

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Created by Fanny Bal, the perfumer is hoping to ‘be surprised’ by the omens of a distant future, a feeling she conveys pretty successfully with 2060 Cedar Pulp. Behind the name with a woody and sparkling universe hides a ‘cologne’ that’s rather soft and powdery at first. It has green, herbaceous (basil) nuances that dress up an almond-like opening of heliotropin. The ‘sweet almond’ effect is quite realistic, while being treated with finesse in the balancing of the composition. The cedar brings strength and structure to the whole, while the musks end up rounding the contours with softness and suppleness. This powdery composition, twisted with green and woody notes, arises between classicism and modernity.

The Colognes Imaginaires Collection is ready for the future. Te range is built from organic and recyclable materials (organic beet alcohol, biodegradable wooden covers, resourceable glass, recyclable paper case, etc.), and the ingredients of natural origin that are used in the formulas come from sustainable sources.

Courrèges Colognes Imaginaires are available as 100ml at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Courrèges.

 

 

 

The Favourite by Penhaligon’s

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A hundred and eighteen years after the creation of Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet (the company’s longest surviving fragrance, initially a bespoke scent for the Duke of Marlborough), the venerable British brand has just launched a new perfume that also pays tribute to the monumental Blenheim Palace.

The stage is set, the setting is Blenheim. The story concerns the mother of this majestic Palace. Her scent fills the Royal Quarters as golden mimosa sways society’s opinion. She greets with a darling smile, charming and coy, innocent as a wildflower. Yet, layers peel away like mandarin and bergamot. Smoke and mirrors. Iris and musk. Manoeuvres and mystery create the most wonderful of palaces. But what goes on in the shadows? Behind closed doors? Leave it to her, it’s better that way. Jasmine toys with one’s heart-strings as she begins to emerge upon a sandalwood stage.

Waiting won’t do for this lady. She knows exactly what goes on behind Palace doors, and her golden mimosa sways society’s opinion. Her majestic scent of iris and musk greets with a darling smile as she begins to emerge on a sandalwood stage. Mischief-tinged musk: this fragrance wields its own charming power in Royal Quarters.

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Composed by perfumer Aliénor Massenet, Penhaligon’s The Favourite reflects the charming, appealing, vivacious side of the woman it is inspired by. Acquaint yourself with The Favourite before she steps out of the shadows – because what you see isn’t always what you get.

Presented in a lavish flacon with an elegant bow befitting of the coveted House, the distinctively feminine aroma offers fierce confidence without losing its innate charm.

Be upstanding for the favorite. Penhaligon’s The Favourite comes as 100ml Eau de Parfum and is available at Penhaligon’s and at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Penhaligon’s.

 

 

 

 

Gucci The Alchemist’s Garden Hortus Sanitatis

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Last year, Italian fashion house Gucci came out with its haute perfumery collection. The Gucci The Alchemist Garden line was created by Master perfumer Alberto Morillas under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele. Inspired by the art of alchemy and fragrance making, the line is formulated to combine and blend in layers to create a unique, personalized combination.

Hortus Sanitatis fragrance adds a splash of earthy intrigue to the Alchemist’s Garden

Hortius Sanitatis, the Latin name for Garden of Health, is named after one of the first natural history encyclopedias published in the 15th century. Gucci has already published a book of the same name with English photographer Derek Ridgers, who shot the Pre-Fall 2017 collection.

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Like the previous releases, Hortus Sanitatis is inspired by the endless customization of alchemy – its own scent profile combines two unique, ambery wood notes: papyrus and cedar. Vetiver root and bright ginger round out the botanical scent, and add a dash of sharpness to the otherwise earthy blend. It’s smoky, yet fresh. The scent is equally refreshing, cool and warm, earthy and smooth, just as soft and rough as described by the Gucci house.

However, Gucci encourages you to play with that profile, even if you do fall in love with the new perfume all on its own. Scents from The Alchemist’s Garden are formulated to be worn together, quite literally; this means you can spritz Hortus Sanitatis over a dab of Gucci’s perfumed oils, on your wrist next to another eau de parfum, or beneath Gucci’s acque profumate (or, ‘scented waters’).

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Like previous editions, Gucci Hortius Sanitatis comes in collectible packaging with a glass flacon in aqua blue, inspired by vintage apothecary vials. It is available as 100 ml Eau de Parfum at Gucci Boutiques and selected stores worldwide.

Come into the beautiful world of Gucci.

 

 

 

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Intensément

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Happiness is a vibration that lives within all of us. It’s fleeting, but intense. Quick, but strong. It’s here and now. Beating inside the new Eau de Parfum La Vie Est Belle Intensément. Live to the fullest here and now. Feel the happiness urgency in every moment.

La Vie est Belle Intensément comes in a new vibrant look, favoring ‘red notes’ that create a passionate effect. The first Intense Red-Iris-Vanilla Accord exclusively created for Lancôme by one of France’s leading perfumers, in an iconic perfume bottle.

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Top notes: Bergamot, Rasberry, Pink pepper
Middle notes: Jasmine sambac absolute, Orange blossom absolute, Heliotrope
Base notes: Red iris, Vanilla, patchouli, Sandalwood, Benzoin

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The latest Lancôme creation La Vie Est Belle Intenséments a Oriental Floral fragrance. It  borrows some of the notes of the successful pillar but combines them in a new, surprising way. The opening is created with bergamot, vibrant pink pepper and delicately sweet raspberries, leading us to powerful and sensuala floral heart combined of jasmine sambac absolute and the absolute of orange blossoms, softened by the vanilla like aromas of heliotrope. The base combines red iris with sensual vanilla, patchouli, sandalwood and benzoin.

Designed by George Delhome, the flacon of La Vie Est Belle Intensément borrows the shape of its predecessors, with a darker pink color than the previous editions, and the same nuance of a bow decorating the neck of the flacon.

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Like all earlier editions, Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Intensément is still advertised by actress Julia Roberts, who is wearing a tulle pink dress in the newest advertisement.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Intensémentis comes as a 30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum Intense, and is available at selected stores wordwide. Come into the beautiful world of Lancôme.

 

Mugler Alien Mirage and Alien Man Mirage a fata morgana

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French fashion house Mugler is launching two new fragrances. Alien Mirage and Alien Man Mirage come out as limited editions and are new interpretations of the original Alien (2005) and Alien Man (2018). The concept of a new fragrant pair is a fata morgana:

In the vastness of a scorching desert, a mirage entrances us with its freshness after a storm, giving life to an extraordinary flower bearing a message of hope.

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Radiating with light, Alien is an ode to the creative strength of each and every woman. Like a new invitation to all that is extraordinary, Mugler revisits its legendary, mystical fragrance for a Limited Edition that is both fresh and surprising: Alien Mirage. In the vastness of a scorching desert, a mirage entrances us with its freshness after a storm, giving life to an extraordinary flower bearing a message of hope. Alien Mirage is described as a floral-amber fragrance sublimated by an aquatic signature, that leaves a strong, clear and crystaline trail, composed of three ‘revelations’:

Mineral revelation, enriched with spicy notes of pink pepper
Mirage revelation, illuminated by notes of syringa and lotus flower
Dazzling revelation, rich in notes of white amber and Hinoki wood

For Alien Mirage, Mugler has enhanced the iconic Alien Talisman flacon and the fragrance’s hue with even purer light, providing renewed freshness with crystalline reflections, while the sun has traced its box with gold edging.

Mugler Alien Mirage is available as 60ml Eau de Toilette.

 

Mugler Alien Man Mirage

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Alien Man Mirage is a luminous Woody Aquatic Leathery Eau de Toilette that combines the mineral vibration of Juniper with the fresh, aquatic notes of Reed. Enhanced by the powerful, sophisticated aromas of Leather and Patchouli, the fragrance leaves behind a carnal, luminous trail. A fragrance radiating with power.

For Alien Man Mirage, Mugler has reinterpreted the signature monolith of its predecessor, as if it were sculpted in water and polished by light. The bottle features crystal-clear glass in a light grey gradient, while the moon has traced its box with grey edging.

Mugler Alien Man Mirage is available as 100ml Eau de Toilette.

Mugler Alien Mirage and Alien Man Mirage are available at Mugler boutiques worldwide and selected stores wordwide. Come into the beautiful world of Mugler.

 

 

 

Ohh yes, its fabulous!

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French Maison Cacharel has launched a third edition of its Yes I Am fragrance collection. The very attractive flacon in the shape of a lipstick comes in a seductive color purple, while the composition is very addictive, fruity, and creamy.

Following the oriental-floral and raspberry milky Yes I Am edition (2018), and the floral-fruity and milky Yes I Am Pink First (2019), the newest composition of the French fashion house again favors milky aromas, combining a fresh hazelnut milk with the powdery and vanillic notes of heliotrope, known for its cocooning effect, crowned with irresistible blackberry aromas. Yes I Am Fabulous was created by perfumer Honorine Blanc, who aimed to reflect the audacity of an irreverent electric violet with this newest composition.

 

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The flacon has kept the shape of its predecessors, this time in an amethyst like purple color. Cacharel Yes I Am Fabulous comes as a 30, 50 and 75ml Eau de Parfum. It will be available at Cacharel boutiques and selected stores world wide. Are you fabulous?

Come into the beautiful world of Cacharel.

 

 

 

Softly Jil Sander Serene

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Jiline ‘Jil’ Sander, is a minimalist German fashion desgner, and the founder of the fashion house bearing her name. Sander studied textile design and spent two years in the United States as a foreign exchange studetn before graduating with a degree in textile design in 1963. Fresh out of college, Sander worked at a German women’s magazine for several years before opening her first boutique in Hamburg, at just 24 years of age. The boutique marketed fashions by such designers as Thierry Mugler and Sonia Rykiel, with a few of Jil’s own designs making their way into the store. She created her first collection in 1973, and founded her own fashion house, Jil Sander GmbH, in 1978.

Sander’s fashions emphasized a minimalist aesthetic and precision-cut lines that placed the focus on the luxurious fabrics of the garments. The collections consisted of separates that could be easily mixed, matched and layered. Somewhat out of step (or perhaps ahead of) the over-the-top, exaggerated fashions that dominated the 1980s, Sander nonetheless developed a cult following and fully hit her stride in the 1990s. Her company’s stock went public in 1989 and allowed for the worldwide distribution of her fashions and an expansion into menswear.

Sander retired from the company in 2000, and the brand endured after a few missteps without its original designer at the helm. She made a brief return to the company in 2003, but retired again in 2004. After Raf Simons and Rodolfo Paglialunga, husband-and-wife designers Luke and Lucie Meier are the current Creative Directors of Jil Sander. Ms. Sander herself partnered with Japanese label Uniqlo from 2009 to 2011.

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Perfumes were an early offering by the fashion house, with Pure Woman and Pure Man the first scents of this house, both introduced in 1979 (later reintroduced as Scent 79 Woman and Scent 79 Man). And classics as Jil Sander No.3 & No.4, Jil Sander Sun, Jil Sander Background, and Jil Sander Eve.

Today the German fashion house presents the third fragrance of the Softly Jil Sander Collection, which is inspired by wellness rituals and the relaxation of spa centers. The newest composition offers a sense of serenity, calmness and relaxation that brings the body and spirit into balance with the harmony of wood and floral notes.

The composition of Softly Jil Sander Serene in its opening offers the purple moonflower (purple datura flower) which blends with the soothing warmth of benzoin in the heart of the fragrance, accented by spicy nutmeg and feminine jasmine flowers. The powdery-creamy finish warms the lovely blooms with notes of sandalwood, cedar and cashmeran and offers a blissful and relaxing effect enveloping our aura as a soft and caressing cocoon.

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Softly Jil Sander Serene is available as a 80ml Eau de Parfum followed with the matching body care products: 200ml shower gel, 200ml massage body oil, and 200ml hand cream.

Come into the beautiful world of Jil Sander.

 

 

 

 

After snow and rain comes Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Shine

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The Dolce Collection by Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana launched a new edition, Dolce Shine. A floral-woody-musky fragrance nuanced by bright and juicy fruits and delicate salty accords. Dolce Shine follows the bright, blissful, and flowery style of the Dolce line: Dolce (2014), Dolce Floral Drops (2015), Dolce Rosa Excelsa (2016), Dolce Garden (2018), and Dolce Peony (2019).

Last year’s trend was inspired by the sun and solar notes, and Dolce Shine will certainly boost the same energy for 2020.

Dolce Shine was inspired by the special moment between winter and spring when the first rays of sun breathe new life into the gardens of the Amalfi Coast. The bright and solar aspects are reflected by the colorful combination of juicy mango and the tangy acidity of natural grapefruit essence.

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Created by Marie Salamagne, radiant floral aromas of jasmine blossom and orange blossom have been enriched with the soft notes of sun-drenched woods also nuanced by salty notes, which leads us to the beautiful Amalfi coast, sharing a feeling of happiness, relaxation, and naturalness.

Top notes: mango, grapefruit, quince
Middle notes: orange blossom, jasmine, salty accords
Base notes: blond woods, Australian sandalwood, white musk

The opening of the composition gathers fruity aromas of mango, grapefruit, and quince, which shine above the white bouquet of jasmine and orange blossom in a heart touched by salty accords. The base notes warm the fragrance, blending sun-drenched blond wood, creamy sandalwood, and white musk. This sunny and irresistibly fresh fragrance is a tribute to the Italian dolce vita, and the love for life.

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Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Shine takes the same shape and style as previous Dolce editions, this time in a bright yellow flacon with a yellow flower as a cap, featuring tiny pink petals in its flowery core. At the flacon’s neck is an elegant black bow. The outer packaging is also a bright yellow color and decorated with the illustration of the black bow.

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Shine will be available soon as a 30ml, 50ml, and 75ml Eau de Parfum. Come intot he beautiful world of Dolce & Gabbana.

 

 

 

 

Calvin Klein CK Everyone

 

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Nex month American fashion designer Calvin Klein’s will launch the new CK Everyone fragrance, opening a new chapter in the history of the cult unisex fragrance CK One from 1994, inspired by the then generation of youth and their way of self-expression. At the height of its glory, CK One was sold in 20 bottles every 20 seconds.

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Created by Alberto Morillas, CK Everyone symbolizes the spirit of the new generation, freedom of expression, the spirit of inclusivity and participation in multiple communities – as told in the press communication. A pure, green, citrusy scent, CK Everyone is announced as ‘a genderless scent for today that celebrates the infinite freedom of self-expression’.

Top Notes: Organic Orange Essential Oil, Ginger
Heart: Blue Tea Accord, Watery Notes
Base: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Amber

Drawing on the legendary legacy of CK Oone, the new scent is fresh-citrusy and woody, done with environmental awareness in mind. It’s announced as vegan, made from naturally-occurring alcohol and full of ingredients of natural origin (79%), which is why it is advertised as a ‘pure’ scent. Organic layers of orange oil over a heart of blue tea accords, followed by a musky base of cedar wood, together create a complex, energizing composition.

Calvin-Klein-CK-Everyone-Flacon-GIFCalvin Klein’s CK Everyone glass flacon, which can be recycled after the pump has been removed, contains an elastic logo band, in the spirit of Calvin Klein underwear, which can be worn in many ways, such as a hair band.

Calvin Klein CK Everyone will be available as 50, 100 and 200ml Eau de Toilette at Calvin Klein Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Calvin Klein.