Miss Dior: A Fragrance of Optimism and Femininity

If Dior couture had to be given a scent, it would be Miss Dior – a fresh, floral trail, a universal classic.

The Perfume Of The Dior Woman

1947. Christian Dior goes out of fashion for everything that was done in his time, reviving the ease and abundance of the pre-war era. With its New Look and feminine silhouettes, Dior is restoring Paris to its rank as the capital of elegance.

And while his first looks redefine a woman’s figure, he also gives women a scent to match them. “This is why I became so much a perfumer, so that it is enough to uncork a bottle to see all my dresses appear.” The couturier has just created a scent, still without a name. A first fragrance from the house, still in the prototype stage, but completely accomplished, Dior chooses to perfume the salons during its parades. Philippe Le Moult, director of institutional relations at Dior, in charge of its heritage, says “Liters are sprayed on customers during the weeks that the parades last.”

In December 1947, a few months after its presentation, 283 copies of this first ultra-luxurious bottle (still without a name) were marketed. Cut in Baccarat crystal in the form of an amphora, designed by Fernand Guéry-Colas. How did he become Miss Dior?

A journalist familiar with the house of Dior in the 1940s and 1950s, Alice Chavannes de Dalmassy, ​​reports how during a meeting, even as Christian Dior and Mitzah Bricard, meditated deeply on this subject, Christian’s sister made an impromptu entry. Slowly descending the large stairs, it is towards him that she looks when Mitzah sees her and announces, “Here there is Miss Dior. “Christian, inspired, exclaims: “Miss Dior! It’s my perfume!”

The Miss Dior, An Olfactory Allure

Christian Dior wanted a fresh but sensual fragrance, young but timeless: a fragrance that smells of love. This delicate perfume, it is in the Gardens of Granville that it finds its starting point. Inspired by Millot’s Crêpe de Chine, a powerful chypre of aldehydes and styrallyl acetate, the accord is repeated in Miss Dior with the addition of galbanum to accentuate the effect of “acetate”.

When Chrsitian Dior describes it himself, “Miss Dior is light, fresh and lively, from the first notes of galbanum and gardenia, enhanced by the impertinence of sage. Then, wrapping around the fragrant space, the elusive charm of jasmine, rose and neroli mingles with the bewitching harmonies of patchouli and cistus-labdanum, while the velvety warmth of oak moss lingers in the air.”

Miss Dior is a creature, an attitude, an allure and ultimately a way of being. It is another Parisienne that the couturier wants to capture in this essence. A liberated Paris, a younger, crazier Paris; intoxicated with jazz and freed from the future. Miss Dior has all the audacity of Catherine. It was for France that Catherine Dior fought, it is to find this Paris that she joined the Resistance during the Second War.

Secret and discreet, she was deported on August 15, 1944 on the last train heading for the Ravensbrück concentration camp. During nine months, tortured, she will not deliver any of the names of her comrades. Finally, on May 28, she returned to France. Returning from the camps marked, his presence, so dear to the heart of his twelve-year-old brother, his elder brother, will be the spring of this olfactory homage.

Mademoiselle Dior is first and foremost Catherine. Miss Dior apostrophes the passer-by as the enthusiasm of youth would do. The impact is like a surge of vitality which makes the step more certain. Confident of herself, pressed to the point of impertinence, but exhaling a crazy chic, that’s it, Miss Dior!

This is how everyone remembers the perfume that Dior wanted as the spirit of its time. A smell of very green grass, enhanced by spring leaves with laughing flowers. Like an impromptu waltz that finally takes place on the cobblestones.

Full of life, delicate, the scent is thus embodied by Natalie Portman in campaigns that have become no less iconic. The film Miss Dior Chérie by Sofia Coppola.

The hymn to love by Emmanuel Cossu. “For me, perfume is not everyday, it’s a certain way of dressing,” explains Natalie Portman. A timeless fragrance that symbolizes French charm.

All captured in a bottle revisited in 1950 by Christian Dior himself. He designed a bottle “cut like a tailor.” A houndstooth print, cast in solid glass, a Fontanges knot to hug the neck, the iconic bottle then appears in its final version.


Atelier Versace Perfumes

Ateliers Versace present six new fragrances, orchestrated under the direction of Donatella Versace. Exclusively at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. 

The New Atelier Versace Perfumes

The Versace house unveils a collection of scents concocted under the direction of Donatella Versace. 6 new fragrances produced by Atelier Versace which revisits, in the form of olfactory compositions, the iconic codes of the house.

Five perfumers looked at the craft of the house of Versace, in order to better link it to that of perfumery. The result? True olfactory celebrations of the noble materials of perfumery coupled with the baroque luxury of the Italian house!

“The idea that every woman is different, and that if we all like to wear a tailor-made dress, this is even truer when it comes to a perfume. We all want to find that scent that truly represents who we are.” explains Donatella Versace.

The 6 scents are independent of each other, what they have in common is that of being genderless. Delicious or sexy waters therefore, designed for both men and women.

The new Atelier Versace fragrances are called Eclat de Rose, Cédrat de Diamante, Sun Jasmine, Figue Blanche, Sandalwood or Red Vanilla. Each of the olfactory highlights the sunny and sexy attitude of the house of Versace.

Playing majestically as a flagship ingredient in perfumery, Atelier Versace fragrances therefore combine the opulent luxury of Versace with key ingredients such as rose, lemon, citron, jasmine, fig, sandalwood and even vanilla.

This is how one of the new Atelier Versace perfumes, named Jasmin au Soleil, distils a solar and fascinating water, similar to the Medusa logo. The nose behind its composition, Nathalie Lorson specifies:

“Atelier Versace’s luminous emblem, a nod to Greek mythology, guided my inspiration. This combination of very opulent jasmine with sparkling citrus notes, embodies the sweet impertinence of a falsely innocent universe”

But there is more. The very bottles of these new Atelier Versace fragrances present sulphurous luxury! The Versace perfume bottles, pale or black in twisted glass (exceptional craftsmanship), are capped with hand-made caps. A luxury that continues even with their box, enhanced by hand-painted finishes.

How to add a little more daring and originality to these juices sometimes sensual, sometimes carnal – but very Versace in short.

Paris Fashion and Luxury Icons Tour

This is the tour for the curious, gourmets, enthusiasts and connoisseurs of fashion and luxury by Sébastien Girard, creator of www.icon-icon.com and @iconiconmedia.

A tour of the iconic and enchanting places of the capital. These places where the icons of fashion, luxury have been, in turn, thought, imagined, created, concocted, and lived! Come and discover our heritage, the great luxury houses, the palaces, which has forged the reputation of Paris as the indisputable capital of chic, luxury and the art of living.

Discover the places where Paris’ reputation as the indisputable capital of chic, luxury and ‘joie de vivre’ has been formed. With a Parisian, coupled with a professor operating for the prestigious schools of fashion, commerce and hospitality, he will tell you the little stories and fascinating anecdotes hidden behind these pieces, these places, these experiences and these emblematic people.

I invite you to stroll with me – starting from Place Vendôme. Where the first modern palace stands – the Ritz! So many stories have happened there.

So many innovations too – in particular that of the French School of Gastronomy, with Auguste Escoffier operating from the kitchens of the Ritz.

A unique expertise, and excellence for signature, Chef Nicolas Sale is in charge. On the pastry side, it is François Perret who revives the taste buds today. But the iconic hot chocolate and madeleines, especially that of Proust, are still very much in the news!

We then continue up Rue de la Paix.

The street of jewels, of couture and diamonds of goldsmiths…Cartier. Mellerio said to Mellers. The boutique of the first designer in history, whose name I’ll keep to better reveal later. And that of Massaro, whose name may not arouse anything…for the moment.

Now, we arrive at the heart of French luxury. Place Vendôme and its aura of magnificence. The Mecca of fine jewelry – Chaumet, Boucheron, Van Cleef and…let me tell you about the scandal caused by the first collection of fine jewelry cut by a seamstress…

This seamstress was inspired by the octagonal lines of Place Vendôme for her perfume N°5.

And then?

Then this tour that retraces the hotspots of fashion and luxury will plunge you into the heart of Rue Saint Honoré.

With Goyard, first of all. The trunk maker settled here in 1853.

Further on, it was the Moynat universe that linked fashion, dance and opera.

Then, it’s time to come back to the art of Francis Kurkdjian, a key vendor of French perfumes.

Next, we disembark on the lively artery that is Rue de Rivoli.

It is here that the secrets whispered by the ceramic of its sidewalk, under its arcades, will all be revealed to you…

The bookseller Galignani, Angelina, Meyrowitz at 5 Rue de Castiglione… the first luxury eyewear manufacturer!

Goutal, another company that makes the greatness of French perfumery.

Meyrovitz, Grolet and even the Palace of Mauritius had so much to say about the icons of luxury and fashion! Pieces that have revolutionized the genre, but not only that!

The pastry of Meurice by Cédric Grolet merges sculpture, fruit and gluttony. Le Meurice, again, from where Alain Ducasse has literally revolutionized cooking, advocates a return to culinary simplicity. A taste experience that has become an example of the genre.

This is also where Guerlain founded his company. In 1828, the Guerlain perfumery moved to the ground floor of the Meurice hotel!

Another icon of gastronomy, it is at Mandarin Oriental where we will find Thierry Marx cuisine – and his signature dish – Le Risotto au…

We now pass in front of the place which hosted the very first Yves Saint Laurent parade.

Now we find ourselves at the heart of the Chanel universe. Where the heart of his workshops has been beating since 1910, Rue Cambon.

We now find ourselves the heart of the Chanel universe. In particular with the surrounding houses, purchased by that of Coco. Like Maison Michel – we can imagine the Chanel woman in a Virginie hat, right?

Finally, we arrive in Parisian night time – Maxim’s, the Mecca of the Second Empire of Napoleon. Hotspot of Parisian life, where the pleasure of the senses has become a way of life. Haute couture, champagne, parties until the early hours – casseroles laid the foundations of Parisian life.

The Hôtel du Crillon has seen Parisian women. The first palace in old history to have this sophistication!

We now will cross over to Rue Royale to join the artery world – the beautiful and the sublime.

Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré – the most luxurious street in the world holds the keys to more than one universally desired product today.

Now it’s time to go back up, not too far, to the boutique where the ecstasy of French luxury was acquired. The Hermès boutique is brimming with objects of desire, very inspirational display cases. And anecdotes that have raised the standards of fashion and luxury all over the world!

Jeanne Lanvin, too, had her part to play. In 1889, she opened here, at 16 Rue Boissy d´Anglas, what would become the oldest French fashion house.

Paris is a story of chic and sophistication.

A story of pleasure and of knowing how to live. A story that La Durée always tells. So, how not to end this “Paris Fashion and Luxury Icons Tour” with these macaroons, such chic delicacies.

You have to have seen and tasted these little bits of Parisian life to understand it better!

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Rouge Coco Flash: New Shades in View

Chanel lipsticks unfolds its full depth collection with around 12 new shades. A pop as well as sensual!

Chanel Lipstick: Le Rouge Coco Flash

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” The words of Mademoiselle, apostle of an elegance that has revolutionized fashion and femininity, ring true!

Especially when you notice the passion and allure that sign Chanel lipsticks. The new Rouge Coco Flash, released in 2019, is extremely powerful.

Light and soft, melting on the lips, it leaves in its wake a strong and precise color wash. Its consistency is obtained from a mixture of mimosa, jojoba and sunflower oils – the result? Rouge Coco Flash is extremely hydrating. What is even better is, the pigments, reflecting the light, distill the perfect balance between color and shine.

This time, the Rouge Coco Flash color chart was completed with 12 shades. Pop of colors and daring!

Embodied by Lily-Rose Depp, the Chanel attitude is deployed around sweet or striking shades.

Coiled in the iconic glass tube, the Rouge Coco Flash signs the radiance of a smile, in a simple and precise gesture.

Mood’s deep aubergine tint…the bright red-orange of the Lively tint. Easy, the sweet pink or Freeze the pearl pink. Fuchsias, plums or chocolates — the colors fuse and don’t look alike. The simplest is to choose, depending on mood and desire. The Chanel way!

Terre d’Hermès, Sensuality Of A Perfume

A perfume concocted in 2006 has, 13 years later, been enthroned to the pantheon of icons. Terre d’Hermès breathed a new vision of masculinity. 

Neither sweet nor peppery. Terre d’Hermès  carries woody, spicy notes – this is where it sources all its strength. When Jean-Claude Ellena was given the mission to elaborate a new scent, the nose attracted by Hermès wanted to join together the authenticity and emotion brought up by such a maison. He would source his inspiration from Jean Giono’s literature to find the harmony of man in the 21st century. 

Known for his stories that join the world of Provence with Italian flavors, Jean Giono inspired in Jean-Claude Ellena a story.. “A story with characters, a mise en scène of olfactive emotions”. His mantra? Terre d’Hermès must be a perfume that is “direct,  honest and readable” – a sillage most befitting of the Hermès man. “At once simple and complex, tender and determined, a dreamer with his feet on the ground” notes Jean-Claude Ellena. And the result stays true to the nose’s signature stamp. 

Terre d’Hermè is an earthy fragrance that plays at its top notes an accord between grapefruit, bergamot and pink peppercorn. At its heart, black pepper balances itself out on an emanating geranium before flying out together in a titillating vetiver. Cedar and benzoin come to complete the composition. “Today, I create with less than 200 materials, when perfumes normally contain 1000 our 1500” clarifies Jean-Claude Ellena. And it is true that his olfactive style is very fitting to the Hermès vision of luxury. 

Terre d’Hermés carries that discrete elegance that has now become quasi-synonymous with the maison at 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. A density and a mineral depth that makes it one of the most sold perfumes in the world. It must be said that the man that wears Terre can only spread sensuality and brightness with every step. A kind of incarnation of the masculine ideal, conceived around the natural elements celebrating the breathtaking beauty of Nature. To capture this juice, surprising for its power, Philippe Mousquet was given the role to create the bottle. 

A bottle where Philippe Mousquet, the designer of Hermès at the time, managed to put into perspective an unexpected structure. The idea? The bottom of the bottle moulded into the letter “H” leaving a visible mark – just as the perfume leaves its trace in the soul. A heritage that Christine Nagel, who succeeded Jean-Claude Elena in 2016, seeks to preserve. Just as Hermès continues its impeccable style beyond fashions and seasons – this is chic with a capital H.

The Perfume Angel By Mugler – The Irresistible Icon

Thierry Mugler wanted a “perfume that would have a common resonance to all, something close to tenderness and childhood”. The icon Angel was thus born, and not without its fair share of peripeteia. 

It is a story of a perfume that is just as appreciated as it is known. Gourmand and sexual. A smell imagined by Thierry Mugler, couturier and avant gardiste, sourcing inspiration in a futurism with a wild and desirable grammar. In the 1990s, at the height of his art, the designer took to create a perfume like no other, a perfume that would resonate with all as such a familiar scent that it would become ungraspable. 

The idea is there. However, few talents in the perfume industry had the audacity to create such a genius scent. It is the impulsion of Olivier Cresp that would accomplish the project; “I spent two hours talking with Thierry Mugler”. He recalls how Mugler “spoke to me about the goûters that he would have at his grandmothers, the madeleines dipped in chocolate and then of amusement parks and candy-floss”.

More than 600 trials were necessary for Olivier Cresp to create the fragrance. At the top notes: kiwi, blackcurrant, mandarine – bright and sparkling. At the heart – passionfruit. And the bottom notes: patchouli, caramel, cocoa, heliotrope, honey and vanilla – the suave side of the icon. Yes, Thierry Mugler’s Angel is truly an icon of perfumery. Sold just as much as Chanel’s N°5 or Dior’s J’adore, Angel is different in that it stays as a type of sweet treat. Tender and sensual. 

To capture this voluntarily carnal scent, Thierry Mugler wanted a bottle at the level of his fashion. A futuristic bottle that takes one of the lucky charms of the designer – the star. This time, blue and flat. Here, once again – not a single glassmaker could make such a bottle. Only the glassmakers Brosse accepted the challenge. It took two years of research to come up with the bottle – an original and hypnotising object. Worthy of the Angel scent. Irresistible and voluptuous – the Angel perfume by Mugler enjoyed a truly desirable aura. Incarnated by Jerry Hall, Eva Mendes or more recently by Georgia May Jagger. 

L’Or De Vie: The Spectacular Serum And Cure From Dior

Dior “a magical name that carries both Dieu (God) and or (gold)” Jean Cocteau would say. The beauty regimen l’Or de Vie carries all of this. 

L’Or de Vie is unequivocally the chef d’oeuvre of Dior skincare; edited every year in a very limited edition. First there is the Cure l’Or de Vie, miraculous skincare that is twice more concentrated than previous editions. It reactivated the skin’s youth to leave only glow and brightness. Then, there is there Sérum l’Or de Vie –  a unique formula, entirely composed of Yquem extracts. 

Yes, the legendary vineyard, burgeon of luxury à la Francaise; the Chateau d’Yquem now serves feminine beauty. Dior science has been studying its cosmetic potential for already 30 years. In 2019, the natural treasure niched in the Dior gardens revealed its incredible antioxidant capacities. Enriched in extra nourishing care de vigne, l’Or de Vie delivers exceptional power. The skin is nourished and revived just as every season life rebirths at the heart of the Yquem vineyard. L’Or de Vie, in cream or in serum, borrows this prodigy from the most iconic vintage of the world. 

Irrigating the skin in order to diffuse the quintessence of the Yquem vine sap: it magnifies the effects of time in order to counteract its plans! Wrinkles are intensely smoothed, the face is restructured in depth.. The skin finds full and tonic volume! Skin radiates with a divine glow in a perfect velvet finish. It must be said that the Yquem vintage, often dating many centuries, proved by their inimitable aroma an incredible longevity. 

The Chanel Lion of Kristen Stewart

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Make up CHANEL : HYDRA BEAUTY Micro Liquid Essence, HYDRA BEAUTY Micro Crème, teint LES BEIGES  Medium Light, on the eyes LES 4 OMBRES Eclat Enigmatique, OMBRE PREMIÈRE Noir Pétrole, STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Ébène, mascara LE VOLUME DE CHANEL Noir, SIGNATURE DE CHANEL Noir, LE GEL SOURCILS Brun, on the lips ROUGE COCO SHINE Intime.

The Chanel Lion of Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, Chanel ambassador, face of the Gabrielle Fragrance and memeber of the jury, wore a black silk dress, look 74, from the Fall-Winter 2018/2019 ready-to-wear collection for the opening ceremony of the 71st Cannes festival. Chanel Jewelry. Chanel make-up