SUMMER SCENT: Kate Spade New York

Right now we could all do with some mood-boosting treats, so I was delighted when Kate Spade’s New York perfume, in it’s pretty pink packaging, landed on my desk.

This fragrance is light and joyful, making it an easy choice for an every-day perfume. It opens with sparkling fruity top notes of bergamot and wild strawberries, floral heart notes of rose and freesia, and sensual woody notes lingering in the base. All these notes together make a charming and feminine scent, epitomising the Kate Spade New York woman.

Actress, dancer and model Maddie Ziegler is the face of the fragrance and watching her in the campaign video, shot in New York just before the pandemic hit, really does put a smile on your face. She is full of life and exudes positivity (especially important during times like this) and really inspires you to add a zing to your step as she dances across the screen!

The bottle is clear and modern with an enamel ring at the base of the cap featuring the brand’s signature shade of pink and a spade, a classic design detail that continues to be reinvented.

This is a lovely, airy, fruity and floral accord perfect to wear on summer days (and during winter too, to conjure up a bit of that sunny feeling inside!).

KATE SPADE NEW YORK EDP
Available at Foschini and Truworths

40ml R899, 60ml R1099 and 100ml R1399

That’s it for now so happy evening

Cath

(FRAGRANCE FILE): ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM IN WHITE & ISSEY MIYAKE L'EAU D'ISSEY PURE (Nectar de Parfum)

I love this time of year as we’re privy to the latest International Spring/Summer launches, and today’s review consists of two new fragrances, Elie Saab Le Parfum in White EDP & Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum EDP. Here’s what I thought of their blooming loveliness!

ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM IN WHITE EDP

Renowned for his exquisite red carpet dresses & bridal wear of intricate beading, lace and the use of silk thread, self taught Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab‘s latest fragrance ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM IN WHITE EDP is a flanker of the original La Parfum and classified as a modern and chic fragrance with a floral fruity chypre character.

“An addictive symphony of white”

Elie Saab’s latest perfume is a reflection of his Spring/Summer 2018 bridal and ready-to-wear collections, a tribute to white romanticism. Elie Saab Le Parfum In White EDP retains the signature notes of orange blossom, jasmine and patchouli, with added base notes of white musk and white amber.

The opening is floral and fruity and you can smell the juicy red berries and citrusy notes, keeping it light, clean and crisp. The second impression is one of my favourite notes patchouli, settling down with warm base notes of white musk and amber, sensual and addictive indeed!

This is possibly the closest I’ll get to wearing anything Elie Saab, as his elegant and sensational gowns are way off the budget radar, so I shall enjoy wearing this gorgeous scent throughout the next season or two! Have you tried any of his perfumes? Any thoughts?

ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM IN WHITE EDP

30ml R890

50ml R1410

90ml R1900

ISSEY MIYAKE L’EAU D’ISSEY PURE NECTAR DE PARFUM

I am a fan of Issey Miyake‘s fragrances and like it’s name suggests, the latest L’eau D’issey Pure Nectar de Parfum has sweeter notes compared to the other Issey Miyake fragrances. Top notes of pear and honey are appealing and not too overbearing or too sweet! On first spray, you get a whiff of pear with rose absolute and water accords coming through, before settling down with the warm base notes of Cashmeran, (a synthetic woody note prevalent in all Issey Miyake fragrances), sandalwood, ambergris, violet and white musk. I find the base notes balance the fruity florals with the fragrance lasting three to four hours on my skin. I tend to refreshen my scent every couple of hours anyway, as a great pick me up and this is a lovely day and night scent as it isn’t too heavy.

Wrapped in a copper metallic box, the bottle represents a drop of dew as it falls onto a flower. If you love Issey Miyake fragrances, then I’m sure you’ll love this one too. Let me know what you think. I wrote a review on Issey Miyake L’Eau PURE EDT last year, if you want to read about it here.

ISSEY MIYAKE L’EAU D’ISSEY PURE NECTAR DE PARFUM

30 ml R925

50ml R1430

90ml R1820

PHOTOGRAPHS: IAN REEVES PHOTOGRAPHER

Happy Friday!!

Cath

KRISTEN STEWART: The face of Chanel's new Gabrielle fragrance

Kristen Stewart

CHANEL is pleased to announce Kristen Stewart as the face of the campaign for GABRIELLE CHANEL, the new women’s fragrance.

Talented actress Kristen Stewart has been an ambassador for the House of CHANEL since 2013 and is currently featured in the campaign for the GABRIELLE bag by CHANEL, (totes coveted!) so it’s apt CHANEL has announced her as the face of the campaign for the upcoming perfume, GABRIELLE CHANEL.

Besides the Twilight saga (which began in 2008, good grief time flies!) Kristen Stewart has gone on to achieve acclaim for her roles in On the Road (2012), Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), Still Alice (2015), Cafe Society and Personal Shopper (2016).

Her directorial debut Come Swim has been screened at the Sundance Festival and the short movie will be showing at the Cannes Festival, which starts next week! Watch this space!

Here are some of CHANEL GABRIELLE BAGS to look at ( it’s the closest I’ll be getting to one!)

CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG

CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG

CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG

CHANEL GABRIELLE BAG

The nose behind the fragrance is renowned perfumer Olivier Polge.