This season’s catwalk shows may have come to an end, but with perfume debuts from Louis Vuitton, Zac Posen and Proenza Schouler in the pipeline, it’s an enticing time to sniff out a new designer scent. From the much-anticipated first offering from Miu Miu to Dior’s innovative perfume customiser, these will give your fragrance wardrobe an instant style update…
Definitely a scent for evening allure, the latest launch from the shoe king is seductive, sexy and bold. With warmth coming through in a top note of ginger as well as the sandalwood and honey accord base, it melds perfectly with the skin, while bitter orange, sambac jasmine and rose add a rounded floral sweetness. The beautiful Art Deco-inspired bottle alone is enough to make this floriental seriously covetable.
From the Miami tan associated with his models to the sheer opulence of the metal, gold is thoroughly in the Kors DNA. His beauty collections – from nail polishes to perfume – now come as trios that have a commonality but reflect differing moods and Gold is no exception. Spritz on White Luminous Gold for a sparkling shot of jasmine, pear and amber; 24K Brilliant Gold for seductive woody notes brightened with mandarin and flowers; or Rose Radiant Gold for a spicy hit with a pretty floral twist.
Translating the garden of a villa overlooking the Italian Riviera from the imagination of Creative Director Thomas Maier is no mean feat, but one that perfumer Daniela Andrier has managed to capture. Think sun-warmed rose and peony with mandarin, neroli and lavender plus a dash of earth tonka bean and you’ll find yourself transported to an elegant and dreamy location.
Rather than a completely new scent, legendary Dior perfumer François Demachy has created a twist on fragrance that allows you to customise any of the J’adore family. An oil-rich concentrate formulated to be applied first as a drop or two, it takes key notes from the base that runs through the range and teams them with jasmine sambac and patchouli to give a bold, richness with longevity that will enhance the J’adore of your choice. It’s stunningly designed too, with a unique stopper that draws up just a little of the essence for you to dab onto pulse points in homage to the way we used to apply perfume.
It’s no surprise that the first scent from body-con trailblazer Azzedine Alaïa is super sexy, even if the brief given to the perfumer was ‘the smell of cold water falling on hot chalk.’ The result is a fragrance that’s evocative thanks to musk and animalistic notes that give the impression of bare skin, but has an unexpected lightness and softness from an added aquatic infusion plus freseia and peony.
It’s a brand aimed at rock chicks, millionairesses and now goddesses. This fresh oriental is much lighter and more sparkling than its predecessors with a bright, green mandarin opening and an unusual salty vanilla accord, which adds warmth and a touch of sharpness. There are pretty aquatic floral notes too of ginger lily and hydroponic jasmine to ensure that while feminine, the result still most definitely makes a bold statement.
Capturing the elegance that is his signature on the catwalks and in his fragrance collection, Narciso l’Absolu opens with a creamy, powdery warmth that stays true as the fragrance dries down through clean, white jasmine to exotic, rich sandalwood and patchouli. What lingers with you for hours is pure, soft sophistication – like wrapping yourself in one of his cashmere sweaters.
Just by the look of the bottle, you know that the first fragrance from the quirky, youthful label is going to be fun, flirty and unexpected. Indeed, it’s a blend of lily of the valley, rose and jasmine mixed with green notes that give a sheer, white floral beauty. The pretty notes are contrasted with akigla wood that gives an enormous peppery kick and a earthy warmth that makes it perfectly individual – and very Miu Miu.
If you’re basing all you know about Marc Jacobs fragrances on his signature Daisy fragrance, you’re in for a shock. Decadence is sexy, sophisticated and simply screams glamour. There are big, bold notes such as Bulgarian rose, Sambac jasmine and orris root, while plum adds sharpness and amber and vetiver ensure depth. Even the bottle is decadent: clipped together, the bottle and lid for a robust handbag, complete with gold link chain and tassel. Now that’s what you call an accessory.
Ok, she may not be a designer, but über-stylish supermodel Anja Rubik has a serious fashion following. As a celebration of originality and uniqueness, she made her fragrance creation a very personal project, from sourcing the ingredients to knocking on the doors of potential stockists. The blend of white lilies, pink peppercorns and green tea teamed with woody and amber notes is fresh enough to wear during the day but has a seductive evening undercurrent.