fragrance

Fenwick beauty favourites

Fenwick beauty hall favourites

As we descend into the Christmas shopping season, the department stores are going full guns ablaze for your beauty dollars. If you want to bypass the chaos of tourists and overzealous scent-spritzers but want to shop in London, Fenwick is a pretty good place to start.

This year, Fenwick has overhauled its ground floor, giving the full entrance space over to its beauty offer. (more…)

Prada dreams

Prada Olfactories

The new Prada fragrance collection ‘Olfactories’ probably doesn’t need any more press coverage, but the marketing of these ‘fragrance collages’ appeals to my arty side. The idea is that the focus isn’t on notes or ingredients but the dreamy, subconscious feeling you get from these surrealist visuals. As Olfactories’ creator Daniela Andrier says, “there aren’t any explanations of the ingredients inside. I think it’s something we’re so fed up of; these eternal explanations of bergamot.” (more…)

Perfumer H – what Lyn Harris did next

Lyn Harris Perfumer H 106a Crawford Street London W1

Just what has Lyn Harris been doing with her time for the past two years? Since stepping aside from Miller Harris, the brand she founded in 2000, she has been reacquainting herself with her deepest loves – the British seasons, slow craft and creative collaboration – and cooking up a unique personal venture.

The sweet-smelling fruits of her labour have now been unveiled, revealing a reaction to the mass-market business of beauty that has personal resonance to her and hopefully to her customers. Perfumer H, a shop and working laboratory is a retail concept that puts creation and craft at the heart of the perfume-buying experience. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: HERMES PARFUMERIE, COMME DES GARCONS E-COM, MATTHEW MILLER, SWATCH

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

1. HERMES OPENS A STANDALONE PARFUMERIE
hermes parfumerie New York

Hermès is going to great lengths to big up its fragrance and beauty division. Such as, opening a parfumerie in downtown Manhattan. (more…)