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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The Royalé Dream A Scents One-Of-A-Kind Objet d’Art

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If you want to know the scent of a diamond, check out this collaboration fragrance from luxury perfume company Cuarzo The Circle and Diamond Corporation ‘World of Diamonds’. The limited-edition collection’s three variants fragrances — Earth, Celestial, and Enlightenment – were unveiled at the Grand Prix at Amber Lounge in September 2015.

When Karan Tilani, the director of World Of Diamonds, first heard about luxury fragrance company Cuarzo The Circle, he knew they simply had to collaborate. The result? The Royalé Dream, the world’s most expensive perfume collection to date that debuted during the Singapore Grand Prix at Amber Lounge in September this year.

The scent, created by Spanish master perfumer Ramón Béjar, each was infused with gems or precious metals, comprises three fragrances encased in La Corona (The Crown), a platinum-plated ostrich egg with a luxe lambskin leather interior. Inspired by famous Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, the fragrances — Earth, Celestial, and Enlightenment, come with an 0.85-carat vivid blue diamond ring designed by World Of Diamonds.

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  • Earth – This masculine scent is infused with 10 colorless diamonds of about 0.5 carats, mixed with pure Oud oil, the most expensive oil in the world that comes from agar wood.
  • Celestial – This feminine scent is infused with six pinkish diamonds of about 0.2 carats, mixed with scents of water lily, peach, violet, jasmine and lotus.
  • Enlightenment – This unisex fragrance is infused with 24k gold flakes, combined with scents of musk, rose and ebony wood.

 

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Ultimately, the collection proved irresistible to a Singaporean entrepreneur, who bought it not long after the piece was showcased. It may sound like an extravagant purchase, but it’s not every day one gets to live a royal dream, after all.

Oh, Boy: Chanel launches new fragrance

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Fashion designer, Coco Chanel is well known around the world for her fabulous fashion line worn by all the A-list celebrities. What many people don’t realise is, Coco (who’s real name is Gabrielle) was raised in an orphanage which is where she was taught her sewing skills.

After having a brief career as a singer she became friends with, Étienne Balsan and stayed with him just outside of Paris where she lived as a ‘kept woman’ in his mansion, and this is where she began to mingle with Balsans wealthy companions and this is when she met a man who would change her life forever, Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel.

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Arthur Edward Capel loved to read

Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel (1881 – 22 December 1919) was an English poloplayer, possibly best remembered for being a lover and muse of fashion designer Coco Chanel.

Born in Brighton, Sussex, Arthur Capel was a ship-owner, politician, tycoon and polo player . He was the son of Arthur Joseph Capel, a British shipping merchant, and his French-born wife, the former Berthe Andrée A. E. Lorin (1856-1902), and he had three sisters. But today he is better known for his 9 year love affair with Coco Chanel.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel (middle) in front of the Chanel Boutique in Deauville in 1913

His affair with Chanel apparently began in 1909, when he became acquainted with the then 26 year old mistress of his friend Étienne Balsan. In that time he was already an apparently wealthy self-made man and he supplied Chanel with financial backing, and financed Chanel’s first shops. His own clothing style, notably his blazers, inspired her to put a squared masculine touch on her classic clothing styles, and creation the Chanel look. If it wasn’t for Arthur’s money or style then Chanel would never had had the funds or fashion muse to make what is one of the most well-known designer brands in the world.

The couple spent much time together at fashionable resorts such as Deauville, but.. he was never faithful to Chanel. Their relationship lasted nine years, and even after Capel married in 1918, he continued his affair with Chanel until his death in late 1919.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Étienne Balsan and Arthur Edward ‘Boy‘ Capel

Arthur tragically died in a car crash on Monday 22 December 1919, allegedly en route to a Christmas rendez-vous with Chanel. A roadside memorial was placed at the site of the accident, consisting of a cross bearing the inscription:

A la mémoire du capitaine Arthur Capel, Légion d’Honneur de l’Armée Britannique, mort accidentellement en cet endroit le 22 décembre 1919

He was buried with full military honours at Fréjus Cathedral, in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France, on 24 December 1919. After his death Coco began wearing black during her grieving process and she told a friend that the world would mourn with her which is where the ‘little black dress’ evolved from, and why black is no longer tied in hand with association with death but more with elegance and class. Chanel claimed Arthur Edward ‘Boy‘ Capel was the love of her life.

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An exceptional Fresh Aromatic fragrance infused with the timeless elegance

We were so busy waiting for Chanel’s reinterpretation of their No. 5 fragrance titled L’Eau (slated for a fall release) that we didn’t see this one coming at all! The new scent from Chanel is a unisex fragrance created by the house’s master perfumer Olivier Polge. It also becomes the latest (17th) addition to the Les Exclusifs collection and just like Misia (also an Olivier Polge creation), it was inspired by one of Chanel’s closest friends: Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel.  Gabrielle Chanel considered him as more than her soul mate; he was her double and her alter ego. Inspired by their love, Boy Chanel is a vibrant, perfectly balanced scent that challenges tradition and transcends gender.

My way of working on this fragrance was really not to try to make a unisex fragrance but really more to dive into men’s fragrance…and to show how well it could be worn by a woman. So it was not to try to create an in-between fragrance, but a very masculine fragrance. And — like many other things in life — gender is given by the person wearing it.

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Boy is a masculine fougère with main accords of lavender and rose geranium sourced from the south of France. The composition also includes lemon and grapefruit, a note of rose, orange blossom, sandalwood and heliotropin, plus a hint of vanilla and musk accords. Like the others in the Les Exclusifs collection, it is contained in a simple rectangular bottle, and will become available worldwide this month in in two sizes, 75 and 200 ml Eau de Toilette.

You need this — and so does your boyfriend!

Acqua di Parma Colonia x Damiani

Acqua di Parma’s story began in 1916 where the brand released the now iconic Colonia, a product representative of Italy at the time, essentially capturing the smell of ‘luxury’ in a way that many have stuggled to replicate ever since. Essentially a fresh and elegant melange of citrus notes, the Colonia opens with a Lemon and Sicillian orange, before delivering the unmistakable woody base notes of Patchouli, Sandelwood and noble Vetiver.

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Celebrating a century of success, Acqua di Parma have collaborated with Italian jewellery brand Damiani to release a special edition collection. Turn back the clocks 100 years and find yourself amongst a pivotal time in art, music, pop culture and of course the beginning of luxury fragrance brand Acqua di Parma.

In honour of the early 19 century tradition which saw gentleman store their favourite fragrances in cases made of silver-which would then be passed down as family heirlooms- Acqua di Parma have teamed up with Italian jewellery specialists Damiani, to create a sterling silver piece worthy of the time.

Noting the importance of the renown Acqua di Parma Colonia design, Damiani have created a unique 925 sterling silver case which ensures the glass bottle can be seen through the delicate interwoven metal swirl embellishments.

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Sterling silver 925 (containing 92.5% pure silver) was the material of choice chosen by esteemed Italian goldsmith Damiani, the pestigious jewellery brand charged with encapsulating the Art Deco Colonia bottle, representative of 100 years of Acque di Parma history. The Acqua di Parma shield is delicately engraved onto the centre of the piece along with a number further enhancing its exclusiveness as one of only one hundred.

Entitled the Acqua di Parma Colonia Damiani Centenary Edition, the design is inspired by the decor of the Teatro Regio in Parma; and by the noble history of luxury perfumery  in general. In the 1920’s it was customary, for aristocrates to display their favourite fragrances in ostentatious bottle holders made of silver and other precious metals, crafted by Italian master jewellers. There were concidered objects d’art , to be handed down through the generations, much like real precious Jewels.

Limited to 100 pieces, each Acqua di Parma Damiani Centenary Edition bottle features an engraved number wich – like the sterling silver hallmark – acts as a symbol of authenticity. The unique case encompasses the classic Acqua di Parma Colonia -a fresh scent which hosts a blend of citrus, floral and woody notes to create a fresh bold fragrance.

  • Top: Lemon, Sicillian orange, Calabrian bergamot
  • Heart: Lavender, Damask rose, Verbena rosemary
  • Base: Vetiver, Sandelwood, Patchouli

The Acqua di Parma Colonia Damiani Centenary Edition is priced at 750 pounds and will be availble exclusively in Harrods from October and from selected retailers.

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Maison Martin Margiela launches four new fragrances

 

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Replica, which is intrinsically linked with memories, will be boosted by the addition of an oriental leather scent, a white floral aldehydic, a green vegetal scent, and a fresh ‘cologne-style’ eau de parfum. The fragrances are named ‘Dancing on the Moon’, ‘Across Sands’, ‘Soul of The Forest’ and ‘Flying’ respectively.

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Maison Martin Margiela is launching four new Eau de Parfum fragrances, continuing its ‘Replica’ Eau de Toilette series, established in 2012

Each fragrance is labelled ‘Gender Anonymous’, reinforcing the house’s dedication to equality and its “non-conformist approach to society gender norms”.

The Eau de Parfum collection retains the same packaging design and bottle structure as the Eau de Toilette scents, comprising a black spray-cap apothecary bottle that signifies nightfall, the precursor to dreams and the awakening of the subconscious. An inky black cord ombré gradient effect is sprayed down the glass, while silver laboratory-style labels add a futuristic touch and reference the house’s signature ‘silverfoil’ that has appeared across both garments and accessories in creative director John Galliano’s ready-to-wear collections. The designer describes the ‘Replica’ Eau de Parfum as “Hi-fi, lo-fi, with a sci-fi finish”.

The new fragrances will launch on September 26.

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.

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.

 

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Eau de parfum – Woody, amber, floral

  • Breeze accord: Jasmine & saffron
  • Heat accord: Cedar wood
  • Mineral accord: Ambergris

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.

The Scent of Italy: Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano

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Bottega Veneta unveils Parco Palladiano fragrance collection

Although we may not all be able to experience the vast cultural heritage and lush landscapes of Italy, except probably as a vacation now and then, Italian fashion label Bottega Veneta says it has bottled the experience into the Parco Palladiano fragrance collection. Bottega Veneta aims to convey the pure sense and spirit of the Veneto region in Italy, and especially the scents from the garden of its famed Palladian villas, with its new unisex fragrance collection.

The result of over two years work, the Parco Palladiano collection is numbered by simple Roman numerals – I, II, III, IV, V, VI – to reflect the classical heritage of the Palladian villas. Just like everything created by Bottega Veneta, the Parco Palladiano collection expresses the maison’s four cornerstones: fine quality materials, artisanal craftsmanship, contemporary functionality, timeless yet innovative design.

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“Palladio is a source of endless inspiration for me in many ways”, says Tomas Maier, who conceived and oversaw the collection. “My father was an architect who studied the work of Palladio, so his teachings have always been part of my life even before I started as creative director at Bottega Veneta. Palladio was an artisan as well as an architect who sought balance and harmony in everything. The Palladian gardens that inspire this ‘Parco Palladiano’ collection represent a perfection on earth and an agricultural utopia”.

Priced at $296 for a 100ml bottle, the whole collection will come in the form of six scents, each with different ingredient or aroma for the region. These include magnolia, cypress leaves, sun-ripened pear, azalea flowers, aromatic herbs (laurel, rosemary, sage), and, the queen of flowers, rose. These scents were developed from two years of testing and concocting various experiences and moments from the gardens. Maier called on three perfumers for this: Michel Almairac and Daniela Andrier, who have already worked with Bottega Veneta, and Alexis Dadier, who works with the brand for the first time.

 

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Michel Almairac has been a part of the Bottega Veneta fragrance story from the beginning, creating the debut signature women’s fragrance Bottega Veneta. He has continued his relationship with Bottega Veneta, also developing Eau Legère and Essence Aromatique.

Daniela Andrier has provided the women’s fragrance Knot as well as collaborated on the first men’s fragrances Bottega Veneta Pour Homme and Pour Homme Extrême.

Alexis Dadier is creating his first fragrances for Bottega Veneta with the Parco Palladiano project. “Tomas Maier is very inspiring to work with,” says Alexis, “because he has a very clear story in his mind about the world he wants to create with the fragrance.”

I am fascinated by their work. With the Parco Palladiano collection, they have created fragrances that extend and tell a new story about the Bottega Veneta world.

Thomas Maier

PARCO PALLADIANO I

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This fragrance evokes the early moment at the beginning of the day, when the sun begins to shine on a garden that is still dew-covered, immaculate. “For this scent, I immersed myself in that marvellous orderly world of the Venetian villas, creating a fragrance just as I experience the gardens,” says perfumer Michel Almairac.

The most noble and refined tree of the gardens is the magnolia, and this fragrance captures not just the flower but the full sensory experience of sitting under the magnolia tree: the woodiness of the bark, the cool shade of the leathery leaves, the strong sweetness of the petals.

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“The cypress tree is emblematic of the Venetian landscape, its slender shape a link between Palladian architecture and nature. This scent has all the vitality of spring, very green and fresh,” says Alexis Dadier.

The vertical scent of cypress leaves unfolds with a dual personality: a deep and dark green hand-in-hand with a stimulating bright freshness, further contrasted with the sharpness of pink pepper.

PARCO PALLADIANO III

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This scent recreates a moment in fall, passing by a pear tree in a garden’s orchard, the pears nearly overripe and ready for harvest, falling from the branches into the green grass.

The warmth of the sun-ripened pear is heightened by an infusion of fresh mint leaves. “It is an imaginary promenade where the seasons overlap like a labyrinth,” says Daniela Andrier, “and memories of gardens in bloom mingle with those of our childhood.”

PARCO PALLADIANO IV

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“In the afternoon, the clouds of azaleas that cover the ground outside a Palladian villa are magical. I wanted to capture the sense of a garden in summer as the scent rises in the sunlight,” says Alexis Dadier.

The colourful azalea flower, rarely used in perfumery, spreads its smooth and solar perfume while an undertone of velvet chestnut brings texture to the fragrance revealing a luxurious landscape.

PARCO PALLADIANO V

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This fragrance, created by Daniela Andrier, conjures up a walk towards the aromatic herb gardens near a villa. As the sunlight hits the gardens, the tree path provides brief shadow and adds to the scent of this perfect mid-afternoon moment.

Woody, slightly spicy, the aromatic breeze combines the crispness of laurel with sturdy rosemary and soft sage leaves. “My intention was to bring the elegance of these gardens to life, and also their imperfections, to render them even more romantic”, says Andrier

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The sixth fragrance, created by Michel Almairac in collaboration with Mylène Alran, centers on a sensual rose that has been in the sun all day long, tasty, spicy, almost ripe.

“The rose is the most elegant of flowers,” says Mylène Alran. “It is the most elegant, the most intense.” The opulent rose bridges the gap between building and nature as it is picked and brought inside the villa for evening, its intensity combining with the warm woodiness of the furnishings.

 

THE FLACONS

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Each bottle of Parco Palladiano reflects the traditions of Bottega Veneta and the Veneto region, with the house’s iconic intrecciato at the heart of the design.

Intrecciato is the instantly recognisable signature of Bottega Veneta, the distinctive leather weave design developed and handcrafted by the house’s artisans. It was by focusing on the intrecciato that Tomas Maier started the revival of the Bottega Veneta, celebrating the extraordinary expertise that remains at its core today.

Bottega Veneta’s motto ‘When your own initials are enough’ expresses a philosophy of individuality and confidence, while reflecting the discreet and sophisticated aesthetic of the intrecciato signature design. Intrecciato shows Italian craftsmanship at its highest level and reveals Bottega Veneta’s understated luxury rooted in the quality of materials and artisanal tradition from the Veneto region.

For the Parco Palladiano collection, intrecciato appears all over the flacon, cap and the packaging. The flacon itself is inspired by classic Venetian glasswork, an aesthetic that defines the Bottega Veneta fragrance house.

 

THE ITALIAN WORLD OF FRAGRANCE FROM BOTTEGA VENETA

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The fragrances of Bottega Veneta tell the stories of quintessential Italian experiences. From the first scent, creative director Tomas Maier wanted to bring meaning to fragrance, evoking through scent specific Italian moments, capturing the timeless beauty and heritage of the land.

With each new creation a story begins, conjuring to life a distinct aspect of Italy, from the landscape and environment to the life lived in it. The approach is unique in fragrance, typical of the Bottega Veneta commitment to forging its own path.

We have a natural evolution in everything we do at Bottega Veneta, and with fragrances it comes through the stories that we tell through scent. We started out with women’s fragrance, then we moved to men’s. Now we have Parco Palladiano, and with them all we create a world, one that will always work together.

Thomas Maier

With the release of these scents, Bottega Veneta has done well to honor the region that they’ve been a part of since the brand was founded in 1966. The six bottles in the collection will be sold exclusively in Bottega Veneta boutiques.