Tom Ford launches Fleur de Portofino

June 3, 2015

Tom Ford is a man who knows how to sell sexiness. Lordy! You only have to say his name and men and women alike are enraptured. He’s veritable catnip for fashion and beauty addicts. This Summer’s big launch from Mr Ford is the beguilingly big white Summer breeze floral that smacks of sunsets and balmy […]

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Atelier Cologne release Oud Saphir

May 18, 2015

Atelier Cologne is one of those classy little perfume houses that you stumble across in the better dept stores and perfumeries in London. I say London as currently distribution seems to be with the bigger, known, perfume specialist dept stores such as Selfridges and Liberty etc. It’s the chic choice for minimalist lovers in the […]

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Francis Kurkdjian’s Prettiest Release of Summer–À la Rose

May 7, 2015

Francis Kurkdjian continues to  trail-blaze across the perfumed globe with his perfume releases for top fashion houses (including Carven, Jean Paul Gaultier and Burberry).  All the while, Kurkdjian does not neglect his own brand with its burgeoning releases, one of which, À la Rose must surely be this Summer’s prettiest, most feminine, apt-for-Summer release. What […]

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Dior launches Fève Délicieuse to La Collection Privée

May 4, 2015

Here’s the heads up. It’s a May Bank Holiday. And a rubbish one at that. Stuck in the wrong end of the UK, it’s an an election week where my country appears to be rammed with delusionistas, set for sailing itself down  a la-la-land river of dreams and making me long for the Left-Right divide […]

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Chutzpah’s Barometer

May 3, 2015

LOVING Superdry x Idris Elba – Whilst Abercrombie flounders (see below), their British counterpart has been savvy enough to team up with the British acting icon for Autumn/Winter 2015. Donatella – Hubert may be spinning in his grave, but Givenchy’s new campaign starring Donatella Versace and creative director Riccardo Tisci is both inspired and captivating. […]

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Marc Jacobs A/W’15–To Hell And Back

February 22, 2015

  A few weeks ago Selfridges announced their ‘Agender’ project, a gender-neutral retail space spanning three floors of their Oxford Street flagship store launching mid-March. It’s a timely concept, with men and women sharing the same off-duty uniform of slim jeans, oversized sweatshirts and flat sneakers, which is what makes Marc Jacobs’ overtly feminine offering […]

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Chutzpah’s Barometer

January 30, 2015

  A Chutzpah look back over the week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go theres’.” LOVING ‘Yves Saint Laurent:  Style is Eternal’ – Great fashion exhibits do take place outside London SHOCKA!  The Bowes Museum, in partnership with Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, hosts the UK’s first full retrospective for […]

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Jo Malone’s ‘Rock The Ages’ – Clever Conception with a Couple of Surprise Kicks

January 25, 2015

It’s been considerably trying this past year with (personal) tumultuous changes that have engulfed and even, sometimes, swamped. And now, at the start of this brave new year, January’s taking FOREVER to leave us.  I mean…is it STILL January?  Being in exile* North of the Wall doesn’t help either with its relentless sub zero temperatures. […]

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Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile

July 24, 2014

Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile swoops in like a smooth, beautiful Italian aristocrat caressing skin with sparkling watery rose, smoochy, sweet kisses. This is a cut above rose perfumery. A light, rose tinged hint of high Summer, spent languidly strolling through Italianate classic gardens, amongst fountains that spill fresh streams of water luxuriantly, appeasing the […]

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New – Fornasetti’s Giardino Segreto

April 27, 2014

What’s more beautiful? The unique scents or the packaging? It’s a toss up. Fornasetti is surely the chicest of the ‘profumi per la casa’. From the enigmatic wide eyed, often winking faces of Italianite beauties to the classical architecture, trompe l’oeils, owls (which signify good fortune in Italy), soleil and flora, Fornasettis’ magical dream world […]

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