Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Not a Word That Rhymes With Orange

Perhaps rapper Eminem could conjure several ways to turn a phrase, but here at BSSTW, we will flatly admit that we cannot think of anything out there that can be likened to Pantone’s color for 2012–it’s named Tangerine Tango, and the fashion and beauty world is eating it up. A bit of a visual oddity, the vivid, saturated, iconic orange is now everywhere. It seems as though you cannot escape it.

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I am loving Essie’s Meet Me At Sunset, and all the other fab fingernail hues in this fearless poppy palette that are sure to set your heart aflutter as we approach spring.

The tangerine tones are coming from the European runways. Irreverent, rebellious and bold by nature, they are sure to attract attention, and with any luck, a bit of controversy.

Bottega Veneta’s silk blend petal hip dress, $2,650, from Barneys New York, can be worn casually for day with bare legs, flat sandals and a pedicure in the aforementioned Essie polish, above, or dressed up at night simply with a cashmere shawl.

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Celebrity favorite, designer Rebecca Minkoff is perfectly on-trend as always with her ostrich-embossed small wallet, $125, above, and aptly-named Covet bag, $450, below.

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Even in intimate circles, orange is making its presence scandalously known, as in this coral-lined lace bodysuit by luxury lingerie I.D. Sarrieri.

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So as you can see, orange can be naughty or nice, depending on just how far you want to take it. Did you see the article on Tory Burch’s fab accessories, crafted in saffron saffiano leather, here on BSSTW? They mean business.

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In fragrance also, the sweet, unmistakable orange is leaving its trace.

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Playful and flirtatious, and oh-so-innocent, Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom scent is my most guilty pleasure.

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Her Orange Blossom body oil, $65, gives your legs an irresistible sheen and delicious fragrance. You can get it at Nordstrom.

Keep your eyes peeled for this juicy citrus. You will see it again and again in fashion and beauty, and of course you will absolutely fall in love, and learn unrivaled respect, for this complicated, intense, rich, ripe hue. Now that’s a rap.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love Is In the Heir

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Perfume pioneer Kilian Hennessy’s fragrances launched exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue almost one year ago. The impressive line includes tantalizing mixtures steeped in utter luxury, and a Kilian fragrance would no doubt be an unforgettable gift for your Valentine.

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Amazing, heirloom-quality packaging ensconces elixirs with names as complicated and beautiful as the scents themselves…Love and Tears, Straight to Heaven, Cruel Intentions, Back to Black…the names read like an endless poem from a man with a broken heart, but in fact, Kilian, pictured above, is heir of the Hennessy cognac, and was trained by the greatest noses in perfumery. He worked for perfume houses such as Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani before launching the provocative line that bears his name.

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Beyond Love, Prohibited, above, is my favorite Kilian scent. Ripe with unmistakable tuberose, the eau de parfum, $225 for 1.7 oz., is offered in his signature ceremonial black bottles and encased entirely in elegant ebony. Rich, evocative, lingering…It’s a fragrance you won’t forget.

The solid perfume compact, shown here, $95, is great for your purse.

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Rose Oud, $395 for 1.7 oz., is another of my favorites. A heady mixture of Turkish rose with oud combine to make a luscious memory in fragrant form.

The refill kits, $125-$175, render the packaging reusable. It’s all part of Kilian’s ‘eco-luxe’ philosophy–a smart way to have beautiful things that are also environmentally friendly and socially conscious.

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A lovely Kilian candle, $85, is always a tasteful choice if you are unsure about your girl’s preferences and are experiencing fragrance anxiety.

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Kilian’s fragrances are available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco and saksfifthavenue.com.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jo Malone: Talk of Tuberose? Mums the Word

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My inside source at Jo Malone tells me that Jo Malone may be bringing back the intoxicating Tuberose!

There could be no greater satisfaction for Malone fans, especially floral-lovers such as myself, than for this rumor to be true.

The Tuberose scent may be available in the Cologne Intense Collection as early as this summer according to my source, although others are speculating it won’t be available until the fall of 2011 as a limited edition at one exclusive location only, and yet others are saying it won’t be coming back at all!

We have no idea what to expect after talking to six different sources, who all have different stories. Hot gossip indeed!

Unlike most flowers, the tuberose continues to produce scent even after being harvested, making it one of the strongest of all the florals. Its sweet power can be experienced in the Robert Piguet classic fragrance Fracas, launched in 1948, created by French perfumer Germaine Cellier.

tuberose-candle.jpgThe famous Diptyque candle in Tuberose is a wonderful way to experience the deliciously strong scent in your home. Even unlit, the candle’s intoxicating odor telepathically transports you to a fragrant otherworld.

We can only hope that Malone will reconsider the retirement of such a classic fragrance. Yummy is not exactly a textbook term for fine perfumes; however, it is the perfect word to describe tuberose.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine’s Day Makeover for Guerlain’s Shalimar

jade-jagger-for-shalimar.jpgWhat can you expect when the oldest cosmetics house in the world collides with a fashion icon of Rock Royalty?

Something beautiful is bound to happen.

Guerlain’s famous Shalimar, created in 1925 as a classic soft amber, defined the oriental blend with a heady mix of bergamot, lemon, iris, vanilla and exotic amber.

The formula has never changed but the bottle, on the other hand, just received a nip and tuck by artist and designer Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick and Bianca.

The subtle facelift elevates the bottle with a gentle pedestal and pays tribute to rock’n’roll with a dark blue leather scarf. And nothing could be more welcome for Valentine’s Day than a big bottle of eau de parfum in its newly-sculpted design.

Shalimar in its new bottle is available at Neiman Marcus stores or neimanmarcus.com and Saks Fifth Avenue stores or saksfifthavenue.com.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Jimmy Choo Perfume: Scent du Jour

Picture 434.pngEveryone knows Jimmy Choo shoes have elegant style, fine craftsmanship, and unsurpassed glamour. Now the famous brand is expanding to include fragrance.

“We’ve transitioned into a lifestyle luxury brand, and it seemed like the next natural step for us,” said Tamara Mellon, co-founder, chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo and model in the provocative ads.

Brand new and exclusive to Saks, the fragrance, which was three years in the making, is complex. Deep and lush, earthy and exotic, sexy and delicate all at the same time.

What more welcome Valentine’s gift for your sweetheart than a pink facetted gem of the concoction–a gorgeous bottle reminiscent of a giant Murano glass paperweight.

“We wanted to create something that was an object of desire, that you would be proud to have on show,” Mellon stated.

Mellon was involved in the entire creative process, including the making of the fragrance itself with perfumer Olivier Polge of International Flavors & Fragrances.

It’s a fruity chypre (chypre is a perfume made with sandalwood), with green top notes, as well as exotic tiger orchid and Indonesian patchouli.

Picture 437.png“I like things that are sensual, so that’s how we came in with the patchouli,” Mellon stated.

“Fragrance is such an important accessory for women,” she said, “And our customer is every woman.”

Perfect gift for your mother, your girlfriend, or yourself!

Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum, $95 for 3.3 fl. oz., is available exclusively through Saks Fifth Avenue. Visit Saks online or call 415-986-4300 and have them charge-send you a bottle before Valentine’s Day.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ode to Jo Malone’s “Ode to Autumn”

Picture 264.jpgJo Malone’s delicious new fragrant offering, English Pear & Freesia, was inspired by the John Keats poem “Ode to Autumn.”

Keats describes the tastes, sights, and sounds of fall.

“The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness conspires with the sun to produce luscious fruits.”

In this poet’s world the bounty is ripe, just like Malone’s new scent, available at Neiman Marcus stores or neimanmarcus.com.

“Imagine a garden in London with rambling white roses and the freesia and the pears and the fruits and the woods. It’s just a beautiful, beautiful fragrance,” stated Jo Malone Education Director Vicki Smith.

“It’s all about that fresh crisp pear,” she continued. “When you bite into a pear the outer portion is a little bit tough and maybe even bitter, but when you get to the meat of it, it’s juicy and sweet and succulent,” she noted.

The fruity fragrance of the pear combine with quince, rhubarb and rambling roses in a woodsy base to create an unforgettable concoction, which is handsome on its own but spectacular when combined with other Jo Malone scents.

Try Grapefruit if you want to bring out the top citrus notes. Or if you want to emphasize the fruity you could add a little Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Jo Malone’s number one seller in North America.

Personally I love using a strong, single-note floral–like the Red Roses bath oil–with the English Pear cologne on top.

The bath oils, which are quite versatile and can be used in a myriad of ways, “bloom into a beautiful bath milk,” Vicki explained, “without the mess.”

“No bathtub ring, no slick bathtubs–your bathroom, and your skin, just smell amazing,” she said.

You can use it after the shower on damp skin, so it’s a perfect layer for your other fragrances. Put it on dry or mix with an unscented body cream.

In fact, it’s such a light oil that you can even smooth a few drops on the ends of your hair for shine and scent.

But remember that the order in which you apply your fragrances can also make a difference.

“If you’re using a really warm scent, you want to put that on your skin first and then layer your lighter, fresher scent over it because you don’t want them to overwhelm one another,” Vicki explained. “Or you could reverse it with a lighter fragrance in a body cream or bath oil, topped with the warmer scent, and it changes the whole dynamic of the fragrance.”

Thanks, Vicki, for the tips, and to Jo Malone for paying homage to the fall season with another wildly inventive creation inspired by one of my husband’s favorite poems.

The English Pear & Freesia is a must for your fragrance collection as much as John Keats is a must for your library.

Monday, April 19, 2010

In Bloom

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Valentino is especially good at this, featuring the flower on shoes and bags, interpreted creatively and construed in textiles or leather.

The theme continues with spring fragrance which is also all about the floral. It’s irresistibly fresh, it’s sweet yet versatile, and if it’s what you like then the Jo Malone counter is one of your first stops this spring.

“Floral is always right,” said Chris De Gery, Jo Malone Product Specialist at Nordstrom, San Jose. “It’s fresh, light, always young, especially the way Jo does them,” he said. “Even her Red Rose is a blend of seven different types of English roses, with just the right hint of lemon and a touch of spearmint to uplift the rose scent, so it is not a dry powdery rose, it’s a fresh fresh rose.”

Beauty Shall Save the World’s new favorite Jo Malone spring fragrance, inspired by the Japanese Kohdo incense-burning ceremony, is Lotus Blossom and Water Lily.

5EF6A7FA-FD9B-4E50-80C8-8B69273302AF.jpgCamille Flaherty, Cosmetics and Fragrance Specialist at Saks Fifth Avenue, San Francisco describes the scent: “Lotus Blossom & Water Lily is a fresh, floral, aquatic with top notes of mandarin, grapefruit, and bergamot, a floral heart with honeysuckle, freesia, water lily and lotus and a base of warm woods, amber and incense.”

“The fragrance was designed to awaken the senses and energize the soul,” she said.

In the Japanese ritual from which it is inspired, incense and fragrant woods are burned morning and night. “The point is to see what emotions and thoughts are conjured via the power of scent,” said De Gery.

The concept of the deeply-reflective ceremony has given birth to the Lotus Blossom and Water Lily scent, which is a special edition and limited edition fragrance as part of the Kohdo Wood Collection, which includes the Dark Amber and Ginger Lily, a spicy oriental floral.

The Lotus Blossom and Water Lily smells great with citrus fragrances, Flaherty added, “like the Grapefruit. Or you can mix it with French Lime Blossom. Or Verbena de Provence makes it a little woodier. Beautiful.”