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Why shouldn’t there be a Diana Vreeland fragrance? It makes absolute sense to me that she who understood the importance of engaging all the senses should be remembered with a line of utterly sophisticated scents. The range is the brainchild of Alexander Vreeland, the same grandson who recently released the book Diana Vreeland Memos – apparently the bigger aim is to create a luxury brand to celebrate the legacy of the former Vogue editrix.
Who knew that Mrs Vreeland scented all the exhibitions under her watch at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Legend has it that during a Russian-themed Met Costume Gala, she permeated the air with Cuir de Russe pumped from the air vents. So here we have five handsome bottles filled with jewel-coloured juice, with names like Extravagance Russe, Perfectly Marvellous and Absolutely Vital. Unsurprisingly, the fragrances are heavy on sandalwoods, rose absolutes, resins and musks. They’re not light and airy but rich and extravagant, designed with a team of five haute perfumers from fragrance producers IFF.
And those stately bottles? They’re designed by Fabien Baron, recreated from a 1920s design with different coloured tassels to add a theatrical twist. The bottle caps are engraved with the famous DV signature and the labels are nicely minimalist in contrast.
Selfridges has the UK exclusive on these, they arrive 21st August in store and on Selfridges.com. Prices are £180 for 100ml and £135 for 50ml. How divine!
DRG contributor ALISON BISHOP reports on FRAGRANCE LAB: a searching personality profiling experience that distills your creative preferences into a scent
Someone said to me recently this is the decade of personalization, and that’s so true, especially when it comes to retail. Brands are looking to create ever more personalised experiences in stores to counteract the lure of convenience from online shopping. The appeal of a shopping experience that is not only personalized to you, but one that is tactile and sensory wins in my book hands down. Continue reading
The DRG STYLE INDEX this week is all about the new launches and retail concepts launching for AW14. Here’s my ranking of the brand stories that grabbed my attention…
1. BELLA FREUD’S BRAND EVOLUTION
I know it’s only May but I can already tell we’re in for the autumn of Bella Freud. Her AW14 collection is much fuller then the capsule knits we’ve been used to and we’ll also see her first collab with Fred Perry. Plus this week saw a few Insta glimpses of the first proper Bella Freud fragrance collection (on the back of those delicious candles). Is it too early for Christmas wishlists? Continue reading
Wow, what a month May is looking to be for retail! Last week, Harrods opened its Pradasphere exhibition-café-shop-windows takeover, Fendi unveiled its 3-floor Bond Street flagship, Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium arrived in Mayfair and Selfridges just launched its summer ‘Beauty Project’.
An epic nationwide store concept (online and offline), The Beauty Project is a look at beauty, not just from a product point of view but in a wider sense, giving us experiential retail and discussions around how we see beauty. Continue reading
Here’s a great three-way collab that marries experiential retail with personalisation and a hand crafted approach to design. Last week, Jo Malone London invited me to experience its pop-up screen printing studio hosted by creative collective Calm & Collected. The arty foursome have designed special graphic labels for five of Jo Malone London’s favourite scents (yay, Pomegranate Noir is in there!) and as an added bonus the guys are screen-printing complementary boxes to go with. Continue reading
DROP EVERYTHING! Can we please take a moment to admire the beauty that is this Proenza Schouler X MAC collection? The packaging is as lovely as the products with a psychedelic yet sophisticated degrade effect on the boxes, pencils and brushes, as well as on the blusher compact itself. This little lot just landed at Selfridges…
Olfactory marketing is becoming more important as retailers try to appeal to all our senses. I love this idea from Fornasetti and Selfridges. If you pass their Christmas window – a hilly snowscape scene featuring a gigantic version of the Ortensia candle – you get a blast of Flora De Fornasetti emitted onto the street. Too fabulous!
It seems Brits love a beauty box, but whether that’s for the handy miniatures or for the Christmassy sense of unpacking all the goodies I’m not quite sure. Anyhoo, here’s two you need to know about if you’re a beauty box fan.
First, Selfridges has launched its Christmas advent calendar (above), which is bigger and better than ever before. SPOILER ALERT: The contents are plentiful and include the following… Continue reading