New Summer Scents 2013

With the arrival of spring, it’s also time to put aways those heavy winter scents and start using those more lighter fresh perfumes. Each year we welcome new summer editions of existing perfumes. These are the new “light” scents for this season:

Perfume_BalenciagaBalenciaga L’Eau Rose (main accord: rose)

The perfume, developed by perfumers Olivier Polge and Domitille Bertier,  retains the signature cool chypre character and violet domination which are now modified with new, youthful and luminous floral and fruity accords. The fragrance opens with blackberry leading to the heart of violet, rose and patchouli. The base contains cedar, cypress and musk.

Perfume_ValentinaValentino Valentina Acqua Floreale (main accord: floral)

This multi-layered floral composition is developed by perfumer Olivier Cresp. Initially, there are notes of bergamot and orange blossom that mingle with the heart of neroli, mimosa, tuberose and jasmine. The base is oriental, made of amber and patchouli.

Perfume_BottegaBottega Veneta Eau Légère (main accord: musky)

The composition is leathery – floral – chypre and it opens with refreshed dazzling top notes of the original which include bergamot and pink pepper. The scent retains its unique floral accord of jasmine, this time animated by delicate gardenia. Combination of oak moss and musk form a feminine and delicate trail.

Perfume_PradaPrada Candy L’Eau (main accord: balmy)

This playful and seductive perfume, created by Daniela Andrier, is modified with notes of citruses and flowers. Its opening sparkles with fresh Italian citruses, followed by the floral heart of sweet pea. The base is signature warm and gourmand, composed of benzoin, white musk and caramel.

Perfume_StellaStella McCartney Summer (main accord: rose)

The new edition Stella Summer 2013 offers luminous and cold notes of frozen lemon combined with foamy aromas of green apple. The heart develops aromas of rose surrounded with peony, resting on a warm, comfortable amber base.

Burberry Body Tender (main accord: fruity)

The words describing this new version of Body are tenderness, eternal youth, serenity, ease and charisma. The composition opens with fresh aromas of lemon, apple, peach and absinthe. The core of the composition includes essences of rose, tea leaves, jasmine and sandalwood, all placed at the base of cashmere accords, vanilla, musk and amber.

Fashion at the Museum

Musea can be boring, but not this summer! Check out these fashion expo’s and you’ll be happy to put a museum visit on your to do list!

But if you are not traveling to one of these cities soon, you can always visit the virtual museum of Valentino!

Valentino celebrates 80th birthday

Mr Valentino Garavani celebrated his 80th birthday yesterday. That is the second anniversary he is celebrating this year, because Valentino – the fashion house – is celebrating its 50 years of existence.

Valentino was born near Milan and went to Paris at the age of 17 to go study at the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Before founding his own fashion house, he worked for couturiers Jean Sesses and Guy Laroche. His first celebrity customer was Liz Taylor, who wore a white Valentino dress at the movie premier of Spartacus. But his real breakthrough came with Jacqueline Kennendy when she started wearing Valentino in the mix sixties. Later, he would design the white gown she wore in 1968 at her wedding to Onassis.

Valentino retired in 2008, presenting his final couture show in Paris at the Musée Rodin on January 23, 2008. But retirement doesn’t mean doing nothing for Valentino. In 2011, the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum was launched and became available at

For almost 50 years, he has been making the most beautiful dresses a women could wish for. He is a true couturier, an endangered species by now.