Design

Best dressed bottles



Am I mad for liking this Sonia by Sonia Rykiel fragrance just for the packaging?

And this one? The bottles come packaged in cardboard coffee cups inspired by Magnolia Bakery and are then sealed in a brown paper bag. Too damn cute!

I also love Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb packaging for the festive season – the limited edition rose gold bottle is dressed in its own frou-fro tulle skirt, a la the gowns in the SS10 show. The juice smells just as sweet…



Melissa x Gaetano Pesce: Do It Yourself shoe




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Isn’t this cute! I know not everyone likes Melissa’s plastic shoes (*squelch*) but I like the concept of affordable, fun and innovative and I love that they collaborate with equally innovative designers. This latest design is a collab between Melissa and industrial designer Gaetano Pesce, a customisable boot made of circular discs that can easily be transformed into a shoe of your own design simply by cutting away a disc or two.

The shoes are currently on sale exclusively at Selfridges Oxford Street Shoe Gallery and retails at £75 a pair.



Balenciaga Paris’s futuristic purse spray



Sometimes I’m drawn to a fragrance for its packaging rather than the scent inside. In fact, scratch that, usually I’m drawn to a fragrance for its bottle than its scent. A huge factice of Chanel No 5 sits above my desk even though I never ever wear the fragrance. Ditto Moschino Couture with its gold heart stopper and velvet necktie.

Balenciaga sent me its new purse spray which is a thing of sheer beauty. Its a weighty column of futuristic-looking ‘zamak‘, which sounds completely made up (is Balenciaga inventing its own materials now?) but is, apparently, a precious material. And it was delivered with a hand written note – alas, not from Nicolas but still… And the scent? Violety, sherbety, sweet but a little bit sharp.

The bottle

The inspiration

Balenciaga Paris 15ml purse spray with two 15ml refills, £60.00

[Catwalk images: Style.com]