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Armani Onde

Fascinated by the mystery surrounding the sensual and feminine woman, Giorgio Armani has been inspired to create three new fragrances.   Armani wanted to capture the woman’s sensuous power in his scent and in Onde, he aims to transform a fleeting moment into an eternity.   All three of the perfumes contain a fantastical theme, with each bottle inscribed with an elegant and different motif which hints at their imagined motif.  Onde Mystere, Onde Vertige and Onde Extase all manage to give an enchanting and dream-like experience.  The musky oriental Onde Mystere comes in a violet shade to emulate the waves on […]

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Qeelin

Qeelin  This October sees Qeelin, the luxury Chinese jeweler, extending their portfolio of stores still further.  They will be showcasing a range of unique jewellery from all across the world at an especially designed boutique in the Wonder Room at Selfridges.  Inspired by Dennis Chan, designer of Qeelin, the shop-in-shop will be keeping with their Asian theme highlighted in their other boutiques in Hong-Kong, Paris and since August 2008, in Beijing. Qeelin is the brain child of Dennis Chan and Guillaume Brochard and was launched in 2004.  Both wanted to synthesize the richness and opulence of Chinese heritage and the […]

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Love-Worn

Love-Worn Based exclusively online, Love-Worn is the latest thing to emerge from the endlessly talented PR turned vintage purveyor Arabella Gubay.  Gubay has put an end to those tireless mornings spent scavenging markets for hidden vintage gems and brought it all to your home with her new website.   Chanel, Dior, Pucci, Balenciaga, Gubay hasn’t missed out any favourites and Love-Worn’s aim is to entice not only those who go weak at the knees at the thought but also those who have little time to hunt for these names yet given the opportunity could  be as easily seduced.  Gubay’s love […]

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Born to Shop

Charity Retail Trust Launches “Born to Shop” Charms The principal charity of the retail sector has collaborated with the range Born to Shop to create four different charm designs.  The charms have been created to work with anything from handbags to mobile phones and the designs include miniature handbags and shoes in either purple or sparkly pink.        House of Fraser, Harrods and Beales have signed up to stock these collector’s item charms and Browns of York is soon set to follow.   Retail Trust is aiming to educate both the shopper and retailer with the suggested donation of […]

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Ralph Lauren

They say you can’t put a price on love but Ralph Lauren has proved that wrong, with the launch of his perfume Love, at £2000 a bottle.  “Aimed at women over 25 with high spending powers,” Love comes in a gold-plated bottle and is undoubtedly Lauren’s most exclusive perfume. The super-premium Love joins the UK launch of Lauren’s Notorious, which hit the US market in the summer and has been hugely popular. Notorious derives its inspiration from the film noir actresses and the French model Laetitia Casta will head up its marketing campaign.  Love certainly carries on this attempt to revive old […]

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Space NK

With the credit crunch looming over our heads, this Christmas may not see us whisking off to our preferred exotic holiday destinations.  However, Space NK seems to have found the solution with a new range of four fragrances designed to take us on a global voyage.  The new perfumes are Tuberoli, Champaca, Jasamber, Santalrosa and are inspired by travel memories, from Lapland to Tuscany, of Space NK’s founder Nicky Kinnaird.  The collection joins the relaunch of Space NK’s signature fragrance Laughter, which was originally created in 1999. The five scents are part of the brand’s new focus on “clean” products, […]

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The Moet Room

Even though Gareth Pugh has decided to set his next show at the Paris Fashion Week,  he has not abandoned London altogether.  He will be collaborating with Moet and Chandon  in creating the interior for the fourth season of The Moet Room. The 26-year-old budding British designer, whose fashion pieces mix bondage-fetish and gothic-glamour, has created a quiet sanctuary for VIPs to take time out away from the frenzy of the fashion shows. On the collaboration Gareth said: “It’s very interesting to be able to translate what I am doing on the runway into an interior space. The Moët Room […]

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Donna Karan

Chaos Donna Karan is relaunching its iconic “Chaos” perfume.  Brought back by popular demand, the spirited cult-classic was discontinued in the early 2000s but had a band of avid followers who helped this legendary scent reach almost mythic proportions and fought hard for its return.  So now it’s back and it’s to the all important question. Has Karan managed to recapture exactly the same distinctive woody, spicy fragrance of the original?  First reports from the devotees  appear to indicate it has – though there are suggestions that it may be  just a little lighter.  One disappointment though seems to be […]

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PPQ Party

The fantastic PPQ label held their combined summer and leaving party on Wednesday. The Conduit Street store was packed to the rafters with the most stylish people in London. Live music, cool DJ and a great crowd all combined to make this one send off not to be forgotten. There was a bit more of a scrum outside than at the bar when Peaches Geldof, Jamie Winston and Alfie Allen all turned up a bit late in the same taxi, giving the assembled Paparazzi something to photograph. www.ppqclothing.com

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Tara Smith haircare

Celebrity hair stylist Tara Smith launched her organic hair care range at a celeb studded party last week in London and we were there to mingle and try out the product. Natalie Imbruglia, Rosario Dawson, Model Lisa B and June Sarpong attended the launch of their favourite hairdresser’s product at the Hempel Hotel. Tara Smith’s client list also includes Demi Moore, Anna Friel and the Sex and the City cast. It’s only fitting then that the tag line of her natural hair care line: “Tested on film stars, not on animals.” Tara was tearful with pride as she spoke of […]

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Cult Beauty

It’s everything you need to know about beauty and more. And it’s just want we need and what we want. Cult Beauty has it all. Cult Beauty’s new website is looking great and is ready for you to take a look at everything it has to offer. Log on and have a look for yourself at all their great products. The best thing is you can read articles and reviews of different products, check out bestsellers, see what your favourite celebrities recommend and use, and what make up artists to the stars swear by. There is also a section that […]

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Parkvogel

ParkVogel’s new Spring/Summer 2008 collection is everything you new. This unique LA based label has hit London hard in the must-haves department for relaxed, chic everyday living. All are total essentials. Their motto: to create luxury ‘wardrobe essentials’. And this is excatly what Vanessa Vogel and Julie Park have done, perfectly. Using high quality materials like fine cashmere and Pima-cottons ParkVogel has created simple but luxurious must-have basics – tees, cardigans, dresses, tops and hoodies which are accentuated with Signature Butterfly and flower buttons, latticework collars and made from environmentally friendly fabrics. Conscious minded in so many ways. www.parkvogel.com

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