John Varvatos Celebrating 20th Anniversary with XX Artisan

After creating collections for Ralph Larren and Calvin Klein (for whom he pioneered a type of men’s undergarment called boxer briefs, a hybrid of boxer shorts and brieft. Made famous by a series of 1992 print ads featuring Mark Wahlberg), John Varvatos started in late 1999 his own company, debuting his first clothing line at the end of 2000 in New York. The brand now includes clothing, belts, handbags, footwear, eyewear, watches and fragrances.

In September 2000, within months of showing his first collection, Varvatos opened a freestanding boutique in SoHo, New York. The collection is currently distributed in John Varvatos boutiques including the 315 Bowery boutique in the space that formerly housed the underground music club CBGB.

In addition to the John Varvatos XX perfume, another edition marks the 20th anniversary of the John Varvatos brand in 2020. XX Artisan is a celebratory flanker of the John Varvatos Artisan fragrance from 2009. John Varvatos XX Artisan celebrates the style and music, expert craftmanship, heart and soul of the John Varvatos fashion house.

Top: bergamot, bitter orange
Heart: geranium, sichuan pepper, absinthe wormwood
Base: vetiver, cedar, musk

The new edition is announced as an aromatic and woody, smooth and inviting scent infused with freshness and a stimulating feeling, as described by the brand. The fresh woody character of the composition is defined by citruses and fueled by aromatic flowers and earthy tones of wood. Fresh. Aromatic. Uplifting. This fresh, inviting fragrance carries you through all four seasons with a laid-back attitude and uplifting spirit.

John Varvatos XX Artisan is available as a 75 and 125 ml Eau de Toilette, at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful of John Varvatos.

Bentley For Men Silverlake

He knows what he’s capable of. And he’s always ready to prove it. Independent and determined, he’s at home in boardrooms or airport business lounges. But it’s when he gets back to nature that he is most truly himself. Breathing in bracing mountain air from a rolled-down window.

Pausing for a moment of self-reflection, as he gazes into the silver mirror of an alpine lake. Always looking for the deeper meaning of what he does. Looking at the world with a fresh eye. Limits are there to be challenged. Borders to be crossed. His free spirit is expressed by the cool, bracing accents of his signature fragrance.

As exhilarating as a drive through a mountain landscape of snow-capped peaks, evergreen forests and crystal-clear lakes, Bentley For Men Silverlake builds layer upon layer of cool aromatic notes evoke an alpine landscape.

The scent opens with a rush of ice-cool notes, as lemon and peppermint essences create the effect of a gust of invigorating mountain air. Accents of violet leaf absolute evoke an alpine forest and the cool sheen of lavender hints at the silver water of a lake. A blend of ambery woods and pure white musk give the scent its crisp, modern, long-lasting trail.

Top notes: lemon essence, pepermint
Middle notes: lavender, pink pepper, violet leaves
Base notes: amberwood, white musk

Crafted from the highest-quality natural materials, this vibrant new fragrance meets the same exacting standards as Bentley cars. Silverlake is a refreshing example of a luxury aquatic aromatic fragrance. It’s more than a scent. It’s an attitude.

The fragrance flacon remains the same as its predecessors. Designed to reflect the lines and curves of a Bentley car, the rounded form of the For Men flacon takes on a sleek new elegance with Silverlake, reflecting the cool accords of the new fragrance, this time with a metallic finish.

Lacquered in silver, the lozenge-shaped body of the flacon becomes as reflective as the mirrored surface of a mountain lake, and half-transparent, half-opaque like its crystalline waters. Its surface echoes the polished silver metal shoulders of the flacon, embossed with the striking Bentley emblem. The silver cap is ringed with Bentley’s signature knurling.

Bentley’s For Men Silverlake is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Bentley.

Salvatore Ferragamo Cupola Takes You On A Journey To Florance

Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo looks again to their own city’s heritage and drinks in its inspiration for a new fragrance. Ferragamo’s headquarters building, Palazzo Spini Feroni, is not far from the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, and it was this building that influenced the creation of Cupola, the new edition of the Tuscan Creations line.

600 years after its construction, the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore dominates the landscape of Florence. It’s the city’s greatest icon, the protagonist of its amazing Italian architecture. The star of the skyline, it is the extraordinary masterwork of an engineering prodigy, conceived by the creative genius of Filippo Brunelleschi. The dome of this cathedral still remains an unsolved mystery. The largest brick dome ever built, this was the first monument to consecrate architecture to the status of both artistic and scientific disciplines.

Perfumers Luca Maffei and Antoine Lie celebrate this masterpiece with an olfactory ode representing the bond between Heaven and Earth, insolence and rigor, limit and immensity. Cupola is an olfactive painting of the divine mystery. It embodies a feeling of substantial harmony that elevates the soul of those who wear it.

The fashion house describes the scent as a subtle freshness of vivid tangerine and green angelica, immediately rounded with soft leathery saffron, reminiscent of intimate rays of sunshine on the cupola. The majesty of the cathedral stands high toward the sky as a mystical bridge between earthy, sophisticated orris and precious amber, sublimated by deep tones of labdanum. Clear as a celebration of its magnificence, a resinous warm amber envelops the beauty of sacred woods: dark patchouli and smoky gaiac wood.

Salvatore Ferragamo Cupola is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum at Salvatore Ferragamo Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Salvatore Ferragamo.

Sensual Tom Ford Bitter Peach

Tom Ford’s latest addition to his high-end fragrance collection, Private Blend, will be officially released in early October 2020. Following in the footsteps of Fucking Fabulous, Rose Pink, and Lost Cherry; Bitter Peach marks another show-stopper launch by Tom Ford. Bitter Peach, like the previous one in the line, Lost Cherry, plays with the theme of juicy and sweet fruit in a Tom Ford way. Tom Ford Bitter Peach evokes the sweet scent of freshly picked peaches.

Top: Pêche de Vigne accord, Sicilian blood orange, cardamom, heliotrope
Heart: davana, rum, cognac, jasmine
Base: sandalwood, Indonesian patchouli, vetiver, cashmeran, benzoin, tonka bean absolute, vanilla, labdanum absolute, styrax

The new fragrance evokes the scent of ripe peach, is described as dangerously lavish and erotic, and enriches it with opulent aromas of fine drinks and spicy notes of cardamom. Pêche de Vigne is mixed with Sicilian blood orange, davana oil with infused rum and cognac, Indonesian patchouli, sandalwood, labdanum, and vanilla. The composition is described as sweet and sensual, but also rich and characterful, with pronounced woody and resinous undertones.

Tom Ford Bitter Peach is housed in a striking flacon that will look so chic displayed on your vanity.

Tom Ford Bitter Peach is available as 50, 100, and 250 ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Tom Ford.

Van Cleef & Arpels Enchants With Oud Blanc N°1584400

Creating the most beautiful and precious jewelry and watches, French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels was founded by Charles Arpels and his brother-in-law Alfred Van Cleef in 1896. The pair opened their first boutique at the prestigious Place Vendôme in 1906. They gained notoriety for their use of precious stones and their expertise and innovation in stone-setting techniques.

Parisian jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels is a pioneer in its field, with a subtle mix of knowledge and experience. Maison Van Cleef & Arpels is built on strong and specific values of elegance, femininity, creativity, excellence and style. The Maison’s fragrances mirror the philosophy of the jewellery collections, bringing together an array of rare ingredients in compelling scents, which are presented in perfectly crafted flacons that possess their own Van Cleef & Arpels magic.

Beautiful Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry has adorned the bodies of royalty, prominent political figures, socialites and numerous actresses and entertainers. The Maison’s first foray into fragrances came with ‘First’ for Women, in 1978, a classic timeless floral aldehyde scent. ‘First’ has remained a popular choice and inspired a number of flankers over the years. Other notable releases include men’s classics, ‘Pour Homme’ (1978), ‘Tsar’ (1989), and the ‘Collection Extraordinaire’, a luxury line whose first fragrance was introduced in 2009.

Next month, Van Cleef & Arpels will launch Oud Blanc, a new addition to the Maison′s Collection Extraordinaire. The Maison revisits the legendary Oud Wood with Oud Blanc. Oud Blanc, offering an extraordinary reinterpretation of that legendary wood that we mistakenly thought no longer had secrets.

To approach the Oud in a different way, I was inspired by what happens when it is burned during ceremonies. It releases a blazing, enveloping smoke, laden with mystery and opulence. I tried to recreate the scent of this smoke,which is both warm, soft and translucent.

Anne Flipo, master perfumer

Oud Blanc is not a reworked version of the Oud: it’s a rediscovery. Enclosed within a white flacon, this woody oriental offers a surprising and crystal clear view of that tempered wood. Those men and women who flinch violently at the keyword ‘Oud’ may still be able to relax with the latest Collection Extraordinaire offshoot.

Although this Eau de Parfum noticeably contains eaglewood, according to master perfumer Anne Flipo this is more like burnt oud, which is supposed to be quite intense, but here it is warm and soft and has been steamed down to a translucent level. The result was an oud note that is present but absolutely soft.

There are also some gourmand notes, such as date and vanilla, whereby the latter, together with frankincense (perhaps rather benzoin), makes it look as if some light chocolate has been used. Vanilla gives the composition its sweet and creamy trait, while incense causes a whirlwind of emotions in spreading its structured and smoky facets. It also goes very well with white, light musk.

The date in turn gives the whole composition a fine, delicately fruity-sweet underline, whereas the rose appears more as if breathed in. Oud Blanc remains, as could not be expected otherwise, quite linear. And it’s no surprise that the date runs out first and oud with white musk remains most consistent.

Well – this is all done quite well, even if the wheel is not reinvented here. What we have here is an extremely pleasant autumn scent that brings together the components of soft oud with unobtrusive gourmand notes in an exemplary manner. For hardcore oud aficionados rather uninteresting – for beginners a welcome opportunity.

If a color could symbolize this research, there is no doubt that it would be white: a bright and timeless white whose purity is enhanced by a perfectly balanced, elegant and refined flacon.

Van Cleef & Arpels Oud Blanc N°1584400 is available as 75ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Serge Lutens New Fragrance Launches

Serge Lutens is an extraordinary designer, a true artist. A director of beauty in all its forms, he has initiated many revolutions in the field of beauty and perfumery. Serge Lutens collaborated with the most prestigious fashion newspapers before becoming the head of beauty image for Christian Dior, then artistic director of the international image of the Shiseido cosmetics group.

In 1992, he launched ‘Femininity of Wood’, the first female/male fragrance. A revolution! For him, “perfume is an illumination, an affirmation, the point on the I”! Building on this success, he created his own brand, in 2000, ‘Serge Lutens’. A brand in the image of an authentic and daring designer who imagines his fragrances, draws his flacons and thinks every detail of his creations without concessions.

As a perfumer, he is the author to date of about 70 perfumes in collections all more timeless, The Black Collection, table bottles, gold section, skyscrapers, etc. Its perfumes for men and women reveal the character of the wearer and affirm their true identity. Now he launched two new fragrances. Two special creations that I don’t want you to miss. Poetic, eclectic – just as their creator himself.

Serge Lutens Fils de Joie

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A laugh awaits a sentence, a word or a situation to proclaim itself. A laugh may burst forth or be stifled by a hand that tries to contain it. But if it is sincere, it cannot be contained. On the skin, its fragrance is Lady-of-the-Night, a paradoxically radiant scent!

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Serge-Lutens-Fils-de-Joie-Flacon-BoxThis nocturnal and sensual fragrance plunges us into the exhilaration of laughter. A rare and intimate, yet significant side of Serge Lutens’ personality. Childhood memories of the surreal atmosphere in a bar in northern France leave a lingering taste of excitement tinted with disillusionment. Loud hoarse voices and ‘making ends meet upstairs’. This mundane yet murky and boisterous life finds its reflection in mesk ellil, or night-blooming jasmine. A profound and haunting fragrance.

Dominant notes
Jasmin – Ylang ylang – Musc
Olfactory impressions
Radiant, intimate, nocturnal

Serge Lutens Fils de Joie is available in 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum (€120/€180). Small in bulk, easy to carry, it allow two options: for an elegant presentation of the perfume, given by the cap or for ease of use, offered by the vaporizing tip.

Add your initials or a first name to make your bottle unique. All engravings are handmade by Serge Lutens craftsman engraver.

Discover the 2020 limited edition of ‘Fils de Joie’ : a Moorish designed packaging signed by Serge Lutens.

Serge Lutens Périlleusement Vôtre

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Despite the risks, we stand at the brink of dizziness on the edge of a cliff weathered by salt water. At this moment, we entrust our fate to what awaits us. Whether we tread on dangerous ground or lose sight of the way, rose stays true to itself and oud overpowers all else!

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Serge-Lutens-Périlleusement-Vôtre-Flacon-BoxA fragrant psychoanalysis. An uncompromising creation which reflects the need to take great personal and creative risks and to seek the singularity which society perceives as dangerous. The moment to embark on a personal journey. What defines us, our uniqueness, or our destiny? At what moment of the journey does the artist bloom? An intimate and personal olfactory creation which lays its creator bare.

Dominant notes
Oud – rose
Olfactory impressions
Determined, courageous, splendid!

Serge Lutens Gratte-ciel collection – Périlleusement Vôtre, is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum (€290).

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Both fragrances are available at the Serge Lutens Palais Royal and Saint-Honoré Boutiques, on Serge Lutens’ website, and at selected stores worldwide.

Discover the Serge Lutens universe and be surprised by its unique olfactory creations. Come into the beautiful world of Serge Lutens.

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle 20 Year Anniversary Limited Editions

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Parfumier Frédéric Malle was born into the world of fragrance; his grandfather Serge Heftler-Louiche founded Dior Parfums before passing on its art direction to his daughter. Malle s deep knowledge of scents and his radical vision of perfumes led him to establish Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, a house for perfumers where fragrances are conceived as haute couture creations.

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To mark the perfume’s house twenttieth anniversary, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle celebrates the thirty-two perfumes created so far by looking back to the year of their creation and offering a number of limited editions.

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Seven of the most popular perfumes, ‘Bigarade Concentrée’, ‘Vétiver Extraordinaire’, ‘French Lover’, ‘L’Eau d’Hiver’, ‘Musc Ravageur’, ‘Carnal Flower’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady’, are presented for this special occasion in 100ml featuring a red bakelite cap – the perfume’s house signature color. The packaging and the flacons are elegantly clad in a frieze designed by Patrick Li, creative director of The New York Times’ T Magazine, that tells the story of twenty years of creation.

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The same imagery adorns two travel sets featuring a selection of three perfumes for him or her, offering a dream opportunity to enhance your getaways or widen your olfactive horizons. And finally, a twenty-year limited-edition discovery coffret allows you to treat yourself, or a fellow perfume lover, to the joy of discovering twelve emblematic masterpieces from the collection.

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Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle 20 Year Anniversary Limited Editions are available at Fréderic Malle and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Frédéric Malle.

 

 

 

 

 

Guerlain Iris Torréfié the surprising marriage of iris and coffee

French Maison Guerlain will launch this autemn Iris Torréfié. Iris Torréfié is part of Guerlain’s Haute Parfumerie Collections, fragrances made for dedicated lovers of rare perfumes who appreciate exceptional raw materials and refinement in each and every detail. The perfume evokes the cozy atmosphere of Parisian cafes with the notes coffee and precious iris.

Top notes: bergamot, cardamom, coffee
Heart: iris, ambrette seed
Base: vanilla, woody tea, opopanine, leather 

Perfumer Delphine Jelk used An incredibly noble material, majestic iris blossoms in this new chapter of L’Art & La Matière, namely Iris Pallida, and surrounded it with gourmand spicy notes, like cardamom, bergamot, coffee, ambrette seeds, vanilla, woody tea…. There is also the certain ingredient opopanine, a balsamic note which is usually referred to as ‘Shalimar amber’.

The coffee-coloured unisex-perfume is housed in a flacon with sleek, modern contours, adorned with a golden metal panel on the edge, just like a precious hardback book. The flacon is nestled within a ‘leather-feel’ amethyst case (that can be turned into a jewellery box as you wish).

Guerlain Iris Torréfié will be available very soon as a 75 ml Eau de Parfum at Guerlain Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Guerlain.

Neandertal New ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ Fragrances

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As a way of artistic response to ontological questions and the history of mankind, Neandertal was conceived by the artist Kentaro Yamada as a platform to think and express beyond our everyday. Neandertal is a result of collaboration among thinkers such as artists , filmmakers. Neandertal images the life of this mysterious being while raising questions of the past and future of modern humans.

The results are contemporary, highly original, and experimental fragrance structures, free from conventional perfumery standards. Now the London-based interdisciplinary platform has unveiled its latest work, two new fragrances called ‘Us’ and ‘Them’, as well as a complementing candle.

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Since its launch in 2017, Neandertal has made waves in the fragrance industry thanks to its unique aesthetic and boundary-pushing scents. Created by perfumers Chris Maurice and Euan McCall, the imprint was previously spotlighted as one of Yakymour’s must-have fragrances for fall 2019, and has now introduced two new scents releasing later this year.

As noted by the company, ‘us’ and ‘them’ come together to as a visual and conceptual pair that elicits a thought-provoking, olfactory experience, which speaks to our ancestral sense of belonging while addressing the tension created by one of mankind’s oldest and simplest understandings of identity.

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Keeping to its raw aesthetic, Neandertal’s new 30ml glass flacons and the reusable, handmade porcelain container for the candle replicate 3D-scanned flint-knapped stones originating from Norfolk in the United Kingdom.

‘Us’ has a top note combination of bergamot, orange, elemi, pink pepper, black pepper and eucalyptus, heart notes comprising rose, cardamom, frankincense and geranium, and base notes combining vetiver, hyraceum, labdanum, myrrh, cypriol, cade, oud, tree moss absolute, sandalwood oil, and, lastly, musk.

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‘Them’ is equally complex with its top notes of grapefruit, lavender, carrot seed, sea kelp and iris, heart notes of neroli, hinoki and magnolia, and a base note of sandalwood, ambrette, styrax, musk, and ambergris. The candle has the same scent.

In celebration of the new launch, Neandertal has enlisted the London-based visual artist and photographer Andree Martis to capture the essence of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ in a campaign, which you can see above.

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Both fragrances and the candle will launch exclusively at Dover Street Market in the U.S. in September, and will then be released worldwide in October at selected retailers and on the Neandertal website. Come into the beautiful world of Neandertal.

 

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau de Parfum where seduction meets sophistication

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American fashion house Ralph Lauren presents the newest edition, Polo Red Eau de Parfum, from the Polo Red collection as a warm and spicy creation. Polo Red Eau de Parfum follows several attractive fragrances: with the classic award winning Polo Red Eau de Toilette (2013), Polo Red Intense (2015), Polo Red Extreme (2017), Polo Red Rush (2018), and last years Polo Red Remix.

The newest version Polo Red Eau de Parfum brings a new level of luxury to the Ralph Lauren collection, leaving a lasting impression of warm sensuality. The attractive appearance of rich and natural notes of wood, red ginger, and aromatic nutmeg leaves strong impressions to the wearer. Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau de Parfum is a new discovery, where seduction meets sophistication.

Based on the combination of notes Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau de Parfum is classified as an aromatic woody fragrance to the nose. The emanation of flavors and scent notes for Polo Red Eau de Parfum unfurl in a whiff of citrus and fruity opening top notes including pink grapefruit. The amber and aromatic heart center notes blend in with lavender, clary sage, elemi and labdanum while the deep woody and balsam base notes leave an impression of woody.

The iconic flacon – a designed by Bormioli Rocco – of the new fragrance takes the shape of its predecessors, but this time made of transparent red glass with a silver-colored cap. Ralph Lauren Polo Red Eau de Parfum is available as a 75 and as 125ml Eau de Parfum at Ralp Lauren Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Ralph Lauren