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By Christina Clemente | June 19, 2017 | Style & Beauty
Gone are the days of committing yourself to a single signature scent. Like your closet—filled with wardrobe basics, but transformed each season with on-trend pieces that ensure your personal style evolves with the times and isn’t stuck in the past—your fragrances should be a means of self-expression. Each one reflects a day’s particular mood.
“Fragrance and fashion are historically linked,” says legendary perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. “I do believe that one should have a fragrance wardrobe, a mix of ageless classics and fashionable trends.” Kelly St. John, VP of beauty at Neiman Marcus, agrees: “A fragrance wardrobe is expected and encouraged, allowing our customers to select something that fits the day’s inspiration.” It’s only fitting, then, that the season’s four strongest fashion looks—lively, retro beachwear; sultry, romantic florals; bold, sleek power dressing; and chic athleisure with a vintage twist—pair so seamlessly with today’s boldest scents.
Game, Set, Eau!
Athleisure has found its match in fresh, citrusy scents.
Cockwise from top: Prada Candy L’Eau, Prada (2.7 oz. for $96). Macy’s, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, 303-390-2200. Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria, Guerlain (125 ml for $95). Cos Bar, 309 S. Galena St., 970-925-6249. White Tea, Elizabeth Arden (50 ml for $37). Macy’s, see above. Aqua Celestia, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris (200 ml for $275). Cos Bar, see above. Eau des Merveilles Bleue, Hermès (100 ml for $146). Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, 303-388-0700. accessories: Tennis racket, Lacoste ($750). Runway, from left: Lacoste, Max Mara.
When sporting designs from Max Mara or Lacoste’s Spring 2017 vintage and tennis-inspired collections, up your game with clean fragrances that boast notes of energizing citrus. Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian blended lime and cool mint oils with mimosa blossoms to create Aqua Celestia for his eponymous collection. Inspired by the blues of the sky and sea, the scent “explores a new territory of freshness,” says Kurkdjian. Hermès’s Eau des Merveilles Bleue touches on the same theme but mixes sea spray with woody notes, and Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea blends a sea breeze accord with white tea extract. It’s all about Italian bergamot with Guerlain’s vibrant Bergamote Calabria, while perfumer Daniela Andrier also used citruses from Italy when creating Prada’s Candy L’eau, but added a tender floral accord with sweet vanilla for a fragrance that inspires wearers, she says, “to seek out life’s endless pleasures.”
Smell the Roses
From beauty counters to clothing racks, it’s all about the romantic bloom this season.
Clockwise from top: Love Relentlessly, Tory Burch (1.7 oz. for $86). Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, 303-388-1383. Devil Tender, Ex Nihilo (50 ml for $225). Saks Fifth Avenue (online exclusive). Garden Rose Eau de Cologne, Aerin (6.7 oz. for $165). Cos Bar, 309 S. Galena St., 970-925-6249. Sì Rose Signature Eau de Parfum, Giorgio Armani (1.7 oz. for $92). Sephora, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver, 303-399-8800. Dior Poison Girl Eau de Toilette, Dior (1.7 oz. for $78). Sephora, see above. runway, top: Alexander McQueen. center and bottom: Dolce & Gabbana.
It is no coincidence that roses are cropping up left and right in fragrance. “Pink was a really big trend in ready-to-wear,” says Roopal Patel, fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue, “so it’s interesting to see that rose as a fragrance was top of mind for a lot of [perfume] labels.” In honor of her parents’ love story, Tory Burch pairs rose with warm patchouli in Love Relentlessly, and Armani’s Sì Rose blends the bloom with sensual base notes like amber, reminiscent of the sultry sheaths seen on Dolce & Gabbana’s spring runway. For an edgier take on the flower, Dior’s Poison boasts bitter orange, and Ex Nihilo’s Devil Tender starts spicy with pink pepper berries. Aerin’s Garden Rose, with green notes of geranium blended with various roses, recalls the sheer, embroidered frocks at Alexander McQueen.
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