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On trial: Prada Olfactories



Prada Olfactories fragrances

The Prada Olfactories have arrived on counter in the UK and the spirit of Quality Street selection tins, there’s something for everyone. The presentation is stunning. Along with your handsome 100ml bottle of gently-tinted juice, you get a matching printed silk pochette to carry it in. These are retailing for £195 which inches towards a new £200-£300 sweet spot for luxury perfumes that put them a tier above average.

The PR sent me a variety box of all ten scents to try a few weeks ago, and the unboxing of that with the press materials was quite the experience in itself. The beautiful collaged imagery is meant to evoke surreal dreamscapes rather than the usual collection of fragrance notes.

Prada Olfactories fragrances
Prada Olfactories fragrances
Prada Olfactories Marienbad
Prada Olfactories fragrances

I wrote about the Prada Olfactories when they launched a year ago, so you’ll remember how powerful the imagery is. But you still have to have an idea of what the smells are, no? My favourite is the one I have in the standard size, Marienbad, a coffee, oud and leather concoction to soak the senses. Second, third and fourth faves are as follows:

Pink Flamingos – the most intriguing, this sweet, almost bubblegum-like (but sophisticated) fragrance is camp and fun and makes you think of Tokyo club nights where anything might happen.

Cargo de Nuit – a warm, woody unisex perfume that’s really easy to wear

A Chant D’Amour – starts off medicinal then becomes a musky orange blossom. Very comforting.

The other six are Heat Wave (sherbet-y), Day for Night (semi-sweet vanilla), Double Dare (soft sandalwood), Purple Rain (a slightly sharp and powdery infusion of iris, vetiver and neroli notes), Nue Au Soleil (a medium intensity tuberose, my mum will like this) and Tainted Love (an elegant powdery violet with a nice gentle dry down if you like classic scents).

Prada Olfactories
Prada Olfactories
Prada Olfactories

Most of these are fairly refined; there don’t seem to be any humdinger headache-inducers. However, I do wish that the sillage (intensity) was a little bit stronger. The one that’s most ‘me’ is Marienbad and I definitely think that all the accompanying theatrics (the bottle, the collages, the pochette) make it so much more than just about the smell and something you want to keep as a personal signature.

The Prada Olfactories perfumes are available exclusively at Selfridges in the UK.

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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CALVIN KLEIN, H&M, COMMUNITY CLOTHING, ZOEVA, FREDERIC MALLE



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. FIRST LOOK AT RAF SIMONS FOR CALVIN KLEIN
raf simons for calvin klein creates drama with a dan flavin in store installation
Here’s a first look at what RS for CK will look like. It’s a Dan Flavin installation at the Calvin Klein store in Manhattan, which suggests that Raf is going to go full throttle on the art-ification of fashion. Well of course he is. It’s an area ripe for exploration and if anyone can do it with integrity it’s him. In other news, he’ll be showing the Calvin Klein AW17 menswear and womenswear together at NYFW in February. And he’ll show his own Raf Simons menswear collection there as well.


2. WATCH WES ANDERSON’S H&M AD

H&M is winning the Christmas ad campaign wars for me. The Wes Anderson directed short has all the Wes hallmarks, the trainscape, the window panorama, the pistachio green colour scheme and the regimented choreography. Ok the ending is a bit awkward but that’s Wes for ya. In other news, I just saw this Wes Anderson Amex ad from 2009, he’s a cute actor too…


3. COMMUNITY CLOTHING GETS SUSTAINABLE FASHION RIGHT

Community Clothing
Bravo Patrick Grant for creating Community Clothing, a unisex, conscious clothing company with fashion credentials and a decent price point. All made in Britain. Yep, it can be done. Their Instagram is pretty cool too. Read more here


4. ZOEVA AT CULT BEAUTY

Zoeva makeup brushes
Good news for Zoeva enthusiasts. You can now buy Zoeva makeup brushes at Cult Beauty. Click here and below for my most-used favourites…


5. FREDERIC MALLE PICKS

Valextra Frederic Malle pochette
The Selfridges candle and perfume hall has had a boost now that it opens onto the new accessories hall. I passed through last week and spent a good half hour dousing myself in Frederic Malle scents and unguents. The Une Rose body butter is the best body butter I have ever felt, smelt and seen. The Lipstick Rose EDP is a sweet and heady potion that dries down to a softer powdery violet, and I love the leather perfume pochettes made in collaboration with Valextra (£240).

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Cosy night in with Perfumer H



Perfumer H Orange Leaf
When it’s cold, dark and damp, there’s nothing more I want to do than cosy up by a fire, burrow under a blanket and surround myself with scented candles. I’m engrossed in Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ and it’s the first time in ages I’ve been this absorbed in a book (more…)



Coming soon: Bloomsbury mania from Jo Malone London



Jo Malone Bloomsbury Set limited edition Spring 2017

If you haven’t heard of the Bloomsbury Set by now, all will become very very evident by the New Year.

A frequent inspiration for fashion, interior and textile designers, the English bohemian coterie of the 1920s is having quite the creative resurgence. (more…)