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Monday, March 9, 2009

Backstage Beauty

...at Paris Fashion Week. Photos by Sonny Vandevelde...

Jean Paul Gaultier

Sonia Rykiel

Viktor & Rolf

Bernhard Willhelm

Jeremy Scott

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Backstage Beauty

... at Prada. Photos by Sonny Vandevelde...

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Backstage Beauty

...at Milan Fashion Week. Photos by Sonny Vandevelde...

Frankie Morello

Giorgio Armani




Gaetano Navarra

Emporio Armani

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Wode Warriors

We first showed you Wode—Boudicca's new art fragrance that goes on like a blast of ink-blue spray paint, then fades into delightful whiffs of the poisonous herb hemlock—in Beauty Duty back in June. It's passive-aggressiveness in a bottle, now hitting counters; specifically, colette, which has already had to reorder, and soon Barneys New York. To celebrate the launch, Boudicca's New York graffiti friends went out every night during Paris Fashion Week painting the town blue...

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Some prefer to wear fragrance as a veil; others want a coat of armor. To satisfy this need for either subtlety or strength, perfumers release their potions in different delivery systems. Diptyque just cut the ribbon on their first dabbling in the traditional art of cologne, the most delicate in perfume concentrate. The resulting three L'eaus (des Hesperides, de L'eau, de Neroli)—all more sparkling, herby versions of previously released favorites—linger just long enough to spark up witty conversation, then dash before the repartee gets too deep. My favorite is the L'eau de Neroli, which works well as a cologne—most neroli fragrances in eau de parfum concentration are way too hot and deep, over-saturated and overwrought. This one prances on my aura. $145 each at Diptyque boutiques, Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Some fragrances prefer to keep their gender assignment elusive; others shout it from mountaintops. Thierry Mugler's AngelMEN Pure Coffee, the sequel to his gay disco hit AngelMEN, smells like a Jack London type, a pioneering adventurer with a penchant for exotic collections. Imagine the inside of his hope chest, filled half with tackle, half with burlap sacks of coffee beans and other organic ephemera from faraway lands—and then imagine his cologne. Voila! AngelMEN Pure Coffee. $65 for 3.4 oz, available in April at most department stores.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Liz Armstrong gets starry-eyed for Cosmic...

Her surname alone is enough to make one want to marry jeweler Solange Azagury-Partridge, but her explicitly eccentric methodology seals the cupidity. Once a year she dramatically unveils a collection of precious, mind-blowing baubles on the brink of unwearability, along with a limited-edition renegade fragrance to more deeply mine her jewelry’s psychedelic purity. This time around that fragrance, an eau de parfum called Cosmic, comes in a star-faceted silver orb to match her truly arcane diamond and platinum art-deco earrings, breastplate necklaces and wrist-guard bracelets—all designed with notions of planetary alignment and kabalistic practice in mind. The scent, with a romantic floral essence dusted with a downy coat of patchouli, is as powdery and mystical as a cloud blotting out a full moon. Oh, and it contains actual stardust from pulverized meteorites. So dreamy. Sigh. ₤145 for 100 ml at Solange Azagury-Partridge in London or on her website.

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