GABRIELLE CHANEL Rebel at Heart, a luminous floral fragrance inspired by Gabrielle before the world fell in love with her fashion and lifestyle.
This purely feminine fragrance, an imaginary flower is radiant, sparkling; the Chanel blossom. The bouquet of white flowers: exotic Jasmine; fruity green Ylang-Ylang; Sparkling Orange Blossom and Grass Tuberose is for the passionate and free.
The bottle’s four corners feature the four points of light creating a beautiful bevel. Light shines through the ultra thin glass giving the fragrance an appearance of weightlessness – suspended in the square bottle, a vision of gold lame.
Designed to celebrate the authenticity, vitality and diversity of women—flourishing in a natural, expressive and individual way. The fragrance unfolds like its name, capturing the rich scent of a thriving garden filled with an abundance of flowers.
Tuberose and jasmine combine with Rangoon Creeper—a unique flower discovered in South India that is being used for the first time in perfumery to create a rich fragrance that transports the wearer to an imaginary garden.
Packaged in a powder pink lacquered bottle, reminiscent of porcelain, with a Gucci label appliqué.
Features: Natural tuberose harvested from India; Jasmine bud extract, obtained through an exclusive method of co-extraction to impart a fresh green and petal scent on the skin; Rangoon Creeper, embodying the fragrance’s concept and name, the slightly powdery floral scent is captured as the flower blooms from white and gradually darkens to pink, then red; 3.3oz Spray
Experience Yves Saint Laurent Shock Collection combining fragrance and beauty in a bold, powerful and sexy signature scent and look. Introducing new products that deliver glossed, smoked eyes that smolder with sensuality.
A fresh and invigorating, Black Opium Floral Shock hits with a shot of sensuality. The iconic coffee and vanilla notes are now combined with new floral notes of gardenia and orange blossom that instantly add the feeling of a sea breeze.
10-Color Expert Eye Palette inspired by the fabrics of Yves Saint Laurent’s creative studio in Paris. From pale to deep and matte to shimmery, create infinite signature looks. Underground: The perfect palette to achieve the ultimate dramatic look.
A dual-ended shadow pen to shade, line, smudge, and highlight resulting in easy smoky looks with a creamy texture that is water resistant. One side of the dual-ended pen has a dark shadow and the other side has a light shadow, so you can use it from day to night.
Darker color as a base on your eye lid and lower eye lid in one stroke for an intense smoked eye, and apply the lighter color as a highlighter on the corner of your eye and at the arch of your eye brow. For less intensity, start with the light shade as the base on both upper and lower eye lids, and finish with the darker shade to the outer corner of the eyes.
The Shock mascara coats each lash with maximum volume in just one stroke and without clumping and is the most volumizing YSL mascara. The hourglass shaped brush delivers more of the exclusive shock formula to grab hold of lashes. The high intensity color, this gives you dramatic lashes that don’t smudge.
Applying at the root of the lash on the outside of the eye. Touch the brush to the lash pushing upwards and outwards at the same time. The Shock is buildable and you can pump up the volume by adding stroke on top of stroke.
Colors: Asphalt Black, Rough Burgundy, Underground Blue
Scent or fragrance evokes emotions depending on your experience. When given as a gift, is romantic and personal. There are many levels of fragrance from Eau de Toilette to Perfume. The main differences are percentage of pure fragrance and packaging with Perfumes at the highest level of concentration. Put in a luxe black box, CHANEL Parfum Floral Elegant is the ultimate gift.
Perfume types reflect the concentration of aromatic compounds in the fragrance. The intensity and longevity of a perfume is based on the concentration, intensity and longevity of the aromatic compounds, or perfume oils, used ranging from 15% - 40%. The different notes creating the perfume are dispersed at the top, middle and base sending the user on a journey of the senses.
A bouquet of abstract flowers is how Gabrielle Chanel described N°5, a floral-aldehydic fragrance requiring no less than eighty ingredients. The notes include: Ylang-Ylang, Neroli, May Rose, Jasmine, Grasse, Sandalwood, Bourbon Vetiver and Vanilla. An ever-changing fragrance with no single dominant note, N°5 boasts the incredible power of being able to be interpreted differently based on the wearer.
Parfum is the most precious, concentrated and long-lasting form of fragrance, with its own specific application. Gabrielle Chanel's advice “apply wherever you would like to be kissed."
Apply a drop of Parfum on each pulse point, letting it develop on your skin.
Sexy, fresh Oriental recalling the irrepressible spirit of the young 'Coco' Chanel. The scent will follow you throughout the day . . . or evening. The classic bottle signifies personal luxury and is a welcome addition to any dressing table.
Luminous striking blend with heightened notes of Bourbon Vanilla and New Caledonian Sandalwood reveals a warm, sensual facet. Strikingly presented in a black-glass interpretation of the iconic Classic Bottle.
For the radiant woman with innate elegance who stands out by her gaze, her presence, her grace, her charisma. ALLURE, a floral-fresh-Oriental fragrance that is refined and elegant includes the following notes: Mandarin, May Rose, Vanilla.
Originally perfumers were the most important people to know in the perfume universe. They controlled all aspects of the industry through to the early 20th century. In the 1920’s a revolution of sorts began as fashion designers started to introduce their own scents, most notably Chanel No 5 in 1921. Fast forward to today and the fashion houses clearly own the market share of the business.
Through the decades, fragrances have come and gone but none like Opium Yves Saint Laurent Controversial first by the name. The fragrance took criticism with the perception it glorified drug use. Chinese Americans were offended since many of their friends and family lives were destroyed through addiction to opium which is highly addictive and all you want is to feel that high again. Nothing else mattered except the high.
Yves Saint Laurent introduced Opium with a lavish party in New York Harbor that included a tall ship, the Peking that was docked at the South Street Seaport. The ship was covered with 2,000 Hawaiian orchids, Chinese temples and a giant 1,000 pound bronze Buddha. A huge fireworks display over the harbor indicated the end of the event.
Rumors of an actual opium den on the ship spread adding to the controversy – which was false.
The party was dubbed the “event of the season”, “The Opium Wars”, “Big Glamorous YSL Opium Party” by Andy Warhol – and ended up costing $300,000. Attendees included: Yves Saint Laurent of course, Steve Ruebell owner of Studio 54, Steven Tyler, Michael Jackson, Truman Capote, Jerry Hall, Paloma Picasso, Bianca Jagger to name a few along with New York social icons of the time.
Between the controversy created by the name, rumors and the party, the fragrance received a tremendous amount of media coverage. This all translated into sales, resulting in a best seller fragrance and today Opium is considered a true classic, an Oriental-spicy fragrance.
Notes include: fruit, spices, mandarin orange, plum, clove, coriander, pepper, bay leaf, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, carnation, cinnamon, peach, orris root, sandalwood, cedarwood, myrrh, opopanax, labdanum, benzoin, castoreum, amber, incense, musk, patchouli and vetiver.
Controversy continues through the years with an evolution of packaging but the most notable controversy is in the 2000 advertising campaign with a naked Sophie Dahl wearing only gold stilettos and is positioned on her back. There is no doubt controversy will always surround Opium and I am pretty sure Yves Saint Laurent would not have it any other way.
Layered with over 2,000 Swarovski crystals. Glam rock aesthetic, addictive floral – notes: black coffee, vanilla, jasmine sambac, absolu of fleur d’oranger, cedar and patchouli. Highly addictive and seductively intoxicating, BLACK OPIUM gives a sensation of light-headedness, bordering on ecstasy. Made in France
Black Opium Sparkle Clash Edition, a new facet of the Black Opium Eau de Toilette. Sensual and luminous, gives addiction a touch of brightness with a fusion of green coffee, green pear and white flowers makes this an addictive and sparkling fragrance.
This Black Opium Sparkle Clash Edition is layered with over 100 Swarovski crystals.
Notes: Green Tangerine, Pear, Jasmine Tea Petal, Orange Flower Petal, Green Coffee, White Woody
This family begins in Paris with No 5 Femininity, Luxury, Now, Forever. Launched in 1921 for the modern woman – she was the flapper, independent and liberated. She truly represented women in the 1920’s.
CHANEL No 5 is known the world over, crosses generations is Timeless, Classic, Now and Forever. The key to the continued success of No 5 is the fragrance, and the use of aldehydes; organic compounds of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Manipulated, creating a chemical reaction and isolates the scent. Aldehydes boost the fragrance.
Ten glass vials with varying forms of the Aldehyde creation were presented numbered 1–5 and 20–24, the groups divided the core May rose, jasmine and aldehydes with two series, each a variation of the compound.
Coco Chanel picks No 5, a perfume like none other. This is a woman’s perfume, the scent of a woman.
Today, you have more choices with this family. No 5 has 2 little sisters: Eau Premiere and LEAU.
No 5, created by Gabrielle Chanel in 1921, the symbol of luxurious simplicity has evolved into an icon. Now, with the creation of L’EAU it is the No 5 of today. L’EAU is modern, fresh and vibrant embodiment of the eternal scent. No 5, the now and forever fragrance, is ultimate femininity. An elegant, luxurious spray closest in strength and character to the parfum form.
Black Opium Sparkle Edition – EXCLUSIVELY AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE – layered with over 2,000 Swarovski crystals.
Glam rock aesthetic, addictive floral – notes: black coffee, vanilla, jasmine sambac, absolu of fleur d’oranger, cedar and patchouli. Highly addictive and seductively intoxicating, BLACK OPIUM gives a sensation of light-headedness, bordering on ecstasy.
In conjunction with Friends and Family, take advantage of the Bloomingdales Beauty Treats Event with samples, gifts and savings from participating beauty brands. The event is online and in store until 10/10.
Entrepreneur, Designer, Style Arbiter, Mother, Daughter and Wife born and raised in New York is first generation Asian American of Chinese decent is a perfect example of how with drive, ambition, belief in self and talent there is nothing you cannot accomplish.
Vera started her fashion career at Vogue hired out of college as the youngest editor in Vogue’s history. She stayed at Vogue for 17 years and worked at Ralph Lauren for a couple of years before heading out on her own designing wedding gowns at 40.
Over the last quarter century, Vera Wang created a lifestyle of sophistication, aspirational with attention to detail and draping. Vera Wang Elegant Style includes designs in bridal, ready to wear, evening wear, footwear, fragrance, jewelry, books, bedding, dinnerware and fine china.
The attention to detail and craftsmanship, whether it is a wedding gown, fragrance bottle, bedding or a dish, is clearly evident. The style is eternal, inspired, dazzling, understated, romantic, graceful and luxurious.
A sophisticated look with plum and lilac tones with textures in Vera Wang's Floral Jacquard bedding collection. Linen euro shams, decorative pillows and a jacquard coverlet in complimentary shades of lilac and plum layer beautifully. The floral jacquard print design is dark purple with a lilac ground. Machine washable. 100% Cotton; 300 Thread Count; Dark Plum; Yarn Dye; Machine Washable
Crisp contrasts and graphic details combine with Vera Wang's signature whimsical touch to create Scribble Print, her newest bedding collection. Mixing luxurious 300 thread count sateen sheeting with the light muave hem wave stitching, delicate quilting and fine pleating found in the decorative throw pillows and softly textured coverlet, Scribble Print achieves a fresh modernity for all seasons. Machine washable. 100% Sateen Cotton; 200 Thread Count Duvet; 300 Thread Count Sheets; Available in Duvet's, Sheets and Accessories; Machine Washable
Fretework is the definition of home luxury. rich texture design is simple and elegant. Tonal cream hues add depth to the texture design while creating a relaxing atmosphere perfect for easing into a deep sleep. High end construction and premium materials add an excellent feel and long lasting durability to an already gorgeous design.
Fragrances that are sparkling, romantic a collection of four, CHANEL Chance Unexpected Florals. They are young, fresh and empower you to take a chance.
The newest to the collection: Chance Eau Vive a burst of energy; Chance Eau Tendre fresh and spirited; Chance Eau Fraiche a surprising floral; the Chance collection is playful and there is one for you.
Introducing the New No 5 a modern interpretation of the now and forever fragrance, CHANEL No 5 L’EAU. It is an Eau de Toilette to encourage a more generous use of No 5 L’EAU. A pure crystal clear fragrance feels like a light breeze coming over you.
The fragrance is inspired by today’s paradoxes defining today’s modern woman: You know me/You don’t know me; Order/Disorder; Composed/Excessive; Pure/Artificial
The new No 5 – the now and forever fragrance with a new modern interpretation. Fresh, vibrant, timeless, elegant, audacious, simple, sophisticated scent for today’s woman. Notes: Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Cedar, Musk
Italian Fashion Power house PRADA Introduces LaFemme and L’Homme fragrances into their portfolio. When reviewing a new fragrance, understanding the story behind the scent always gives a strong indication on how it will perform. Having a good scent doesn’t necesarrily translate into sales.
Fragrance is a personal connection with the customer and relationships form through the romance or journey of the scent. Too many times when presented with the question about the story of the fragrance, the opposite side of the table stared back with a blank look. Immediately you know those scents don’t make it to the assortment.
Prada LaFemme and L’Homme take you on a journey through place, memory and time. As you experience the layers of either LaFemme or L’Homme the notes transform you to the time you experienced them. That doesn’t mean the first time you smelled the note but when the note was present during an important moment in your life.
Drawing inspiration from the American West, Ralph Lauren showed a second collection for Fall 2016 that is ready for purchase, Ralph Lauren Collection Runway to Retail. This new “fast fashion” is driven by how we shop today and the need for instant gratification.
Immediately after the show on Wednesday, September 14th guests shopped in the Ralph Lauren Flagship in New York, online and select retailers. Guests don’t have to wait months for the designs they love – they purchased and took home immediately.
The collection is stunning with wools, cashmere, silks in shades of black, ivory and chocolate brown. The rugged beauty and romance of the west is where Ralph Lauren draws the inspiration for this collection . The styles of ponchos, crochet fringe dresses, wide legged pants stays true to the Ralph Lauren tradition luxurious and glamorous.
The Marjerie Silk Jumpsuit is certain to delight as a show stopper for your next event.
Overlapping, asymmetrical overlays define the Margerie jumpsuit’s architectural allure, while sleek side slits reveal a hint of skin as you move. Let its streamlined design stand alone, or add one of the season’s studded belts for a rustic-chic accent. Wide-leg, one-shoulder silhouette. All sizes have a 36” inseam; Concealed right-side-seam zipper with a hook-and-eye closure. Darts at the bust; Asymmetrical front overlay. Left waist overlay wraps around the back and opens at the front; Silk lining to the knees; Shell and lining: 100% silk; Dry clean; Made in Italy.
The Fernanda dress is a favorite with an A-line silhouette of simple elegance, studded embellishment and fringe detail.
Antiqued studs and sumptuous suede fringe give a modern twist to the little black dress. Sleeveless fit-and-flare silhouette. Concealed center back zipper with a hook-and-eye closure; Bateau neckline; Studded, fringed trim along the front and back panels; Fully lined; Shell: 75% viscose, 17% nylon, 8% elastane. Trim: 100% leather. Lining: 100% viscose; Dry clean by a leather specialist; Made in Italy; Imported materials.
Embroidery and laser-cut sequins create the season’s Southwestern-inspired motif on the Sherman coat’s clean-lined silhouette. Straight fit; Exaggerated spread collar; Open front; Long sleeves; Side on-seam pockets. Embroidery and laser-cut sequins throughout; Unlined; 95% wool, 5% cashmere; Dry clean. Made in Italy.
Sumptuous simplicity defines this silk marocain shirt, one of the RL Icons. A concealed placket with genuine mother-of-pearl buttons and elegant French cuffs complete its understated chic. Straight fit; Point collar; Concealed buttoned placket; Genuine mother-of-pearl buttons. Long sleeves with French cuffs; Genuine mother-of-pearl cuff links; Back yoke; 100% silk; Dry clean; Made in Italy.
Languid lines and slimming pleats, these pants are a case study in modern chic. Low-rise. Wide-leg silhouette; Zip fly; Extended waist tab with a concealed hook-and-bar and buttoned closure; Pleated front; Side on-seam pockets; Creases run down the front and the back of each leg; Full silk lining; Shell and lining: 100% silk; Dry clean; Made in the USA. Imported materials.
Hand-crocheted and finished with beading, sexy little black dress mixes a body-skimming fit with tonal textures and hints of skin. Style it with a studded leather choker for a dose of modern attitude. Slim fit; V-neckline;V-back; Hand-crocheted and beaded bodice. Center front and side cutouts; Fringed hem; Stretch silk skirt lining; Shell: 83% viscose, 17% polyamide; Fringe: 100% viscose. Lining: 95% silk, 5% elastane; Dry clean; Imported
Intricate jacquard transforms serape-style stripes into a thoroughly modern motif. Pair the asymmetrical piece with the Filipa top to create a dresslike effect with chic movement. High-rise; Flared silhouette; Concealed center back zipper with a hook-and-eye closure.; Fringed trim throughout.; Asymmetrical handkerchief hem.; Lined to the knees with silk.; Patchwork shell: 25% polyester, 24% viscose, 19% silk, 15% acetate, 9% cotton, 8% nylon.; Lining: 100% silk.; Dry clean.; Made in Italy.
Architectural design with Western accents in the Mayra gown, which merges clean-lined cutouts with antiqued studs. One-shoulder silhouette; Concealed left-side-seam zipper with a hook-and-eye closure; Studded asymmetrical neckline; Studded waist; Right waist cutout; Draped panel along the left side; Unlined; 54% viscose, 46% acetate; Dry clean; Made in Italy.
Effortless, fluid top subtly channels the season’s Southwestern style with geometric embroidery and laser-cut sequins. Poncho-inspired silhouette; V-neckline.
Sewn armholes.; Unlined.; 54% viscose, 46% acetate.; Dry clean.; Made in Italy
A wide-leg silhouette accentuates the Italian silk Charmain pant’s elongating effects and streamlined look while creating beautiful movement with every step. Concealed left side-seam zipper with a hook-and-eye closure. Full stretch silk lining; Shell: 100% silk; Lining: 91% silk, 9% elastane; Dry clean; Made in Italy
Christian Louboutin creates celebrating women and their desires bringing out their personalities – empowering them, revealing new aspects. This enhances her femininity and sensuality.
The latest creations with fragrance continues this journey. The bottles are stunning and objects of art themselves. They represent the idea of “liquid is alive” as the bottle loops and appears to twist. The colors represent the heat and sensuality of each fragrance and with amber, gold, red, and purple.
Fragrance evokes memories and these are designed to mimic a piano – the ping is the initial burst of fragrance. Following up with the beautiful resonance as the sound echoes – here is where the memory is evoked. You remember where you were the first time you experience this specific scent and the emotions that follow.
Intimate and compelling this fragrance evokes the heat of sunny day at the beach. The sun is hot on your skin, the voluptuousness of the beach and intensity of the heat, happiness is followed by the scent of a woman as day turns into night. When the evening cools down, the fragrance shimmers with jasmine and tuberose.
Lights fire is mysterious and sexy, for the woman who wants to provoke. She is the center, turns heads, increases heart rates, dangerous. This intoxicating fragrance wear close as a second skin with notes of iris, patchouli, tonka absolut.
Always in a rush leaving behind only a glimmer and men can’t forget her. This fragrance is the scent of love and adventure, a burst of potent sensuality, an invitation to follow. Notes of red rose, sweet violet and cassis.
Buying fragrances for Macy’s and Sephora is exciting, challenging, fun, and fosters creativity in an industry that is highly brand driven. Which means the customer benefits from the most creative buyers and merchants as they continue to excite and delight their customers.
Every September, retailers and brands bombard you with all of their launches and unfortunately over half of these new fragrances will not last 12 months. However, there are some that when the buyer sees, feels smells and understands the story of the product the excitement is infectious. This is how a brand is able to reach people they might not have had the opportunity.
McQueen Parfum Begins the Journey with you in a unique scent that embraces the art of haute parfumerie in the creation of this fragrance. The bottle is timeless in shape and is it’s own piece of art. This bottle looks stunning with a polished, lacquered, faceted cap and the crown of signature antiqued gold feathers.
The scent is unique gives strength embracing those that flourish, bloom in the dark. Sambac Jasmine, Tuberose and Ylang Ylang are the night blooming flowers responsible for this powerful, complex, intoxicating, sensual, mysterious fragrance.
Your self empowerment normally felt at night is reinforced, strengthened through your journey with the fragrance. Notes of black pepper, clove, pink pepper are delicately layered into the precious essences of the Sambac Jasmine, Tuberose and Ylang Ylang.
McQueen’s unique scent draws empowerment to your imagination from the precious essences of the night blooming flowers. The parfum embraces and brings out your own mysterious power that is uniquely McQueen.
Consistently using color palettes of burgundy reds, chocolate browns, midnight blues, rich golds with cashmere, merino wool, linen, silk and velvet surrounded by the imagery of country estates, thoroughbred horses, classic cars and traditions is the epitome of Ralph Lauren Timeless Classic Glamour.
Discovery of the Polo fragrance in high school foreshadowed my future and, living that lifestyle seemed the natural order of things. In college during the early eighties, everyone wore the iconic Polo Shirt – including my fraternity buddies – the brand will be in my life forever.
Fast forward to 1998, the Macy’s buying office in San Francisco, I buy Women’s Fragrance. With little fanfare except an eagle eye on the business, we launch Ralph Lauren Romance and skyrocket to the top selling retailer in the country.
Attention to detail is the key to success as a merchant. Each launch is like throwing a party with many moving pieces that must coordinate with precision. When all the pieces come together the business creates excitement between the customers and stores.
Inspired by the hope of new love, Tender Romance is about how yhou are when falling in love. it is classified as a white luminous oriental fragrance. Evokes the warmth of an affectionate embrace and the soft caress of cashmere on the skin. Notes of Ginger, Pure White Magnolia, Silky Soft Cashmere 3.4oz Spray
To this day, Ralph Lauren is my all time favorite brand. A “traditional” brand might conjure up images of being boring or tired – that is no way to describe the Fall 2016 Collection – Ralph Lauren Timeless Classic Glamour – who else can put together a black turtleneck with a Gold Metallic Silk Blend Full skirt?
Prada Olfactory, contradicitons, opposites attracting, ying and yang,a juxtaposition, a dream scape relating back to a song or movie built through scent. They have a surreal quality reminisdent of when you wake up and start to remember fragments of your dream.
The creative concept is a collage of experiences, snippets of your dreams and built around the contradictions.
Each scent in Prada Olfactory is presented in a silk pouch with an iconic Prada insignia. Each pouch’s unique pattern is inspired upon signature Prada prints and color combinations, to create a graphic interpretation of the fragrance’s distinct identity.
The collection includes 10 fragrances for your sensory enjoyment.
Now it is time to get your glam on, kick up your heels and celebrate with your family and loved ones. As you do this and let yourself be a little selfish, also be aware.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture no 35, $36
Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette,11 Ballets Russes $60
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick No 1 Le Rouge $36
Get this Glam Look using Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette,11 Ballets Russes $60
Be aware of those that are struggling whether with their job, relationship, finances, all of the above or more. Just be aware and put your arm around them or hug them in support. Let them know you are there for them if they need a shoulder or someone to listen.
CHANEL Rouge Allure
CHANEL Glossimer 106 Miriade, $30
CHANEL No 5, 3.4oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $132
These very simple gestures mean more than you will know. In the moment, you take the time to just have a quick conversation, that alone could keep a desperate person on the inside from doing something drastic.
Laura Geller Baked Sculpting Lipstick Bleeker Street Peach, $21
Laura Geller Baked Balance N Brighten, $33
Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick Fifth Avenue Ruby, $21
Laura Geller Glamlash Volumizing Mascara, $21
Laura Geller Delicious Shades of Nude Palette $45
You never really know what is going on in someones mind, especially when they feel backed up in a corner. With those beautiful ruby red lips smile, wish good tidings, sing, laugh but most of all genuinely care and reach out.
Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick Peony, 21
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Yves Saint Laurent born August 1936 and died June 1, 2008, was a French fashion designer, pioneer, visionary, risk taker and revolutionary.
He is credited for rescuing the house of Dior from ruin in 1957 at the age of 21 with the introduction of the “Trapeze” dress. This brought haute couture back to its former glory, and at the same time, he made ready-to-wear fashionable and desireable.
After winning a lawsuit against Dior in november 1960 for breach of contract, Saint Laurent branched out and launched his own brand. In the 60’s and 70’s, he is credited for these trends: Beatnik, Safari jackets, tight trousers, tall thigh high boots, the classic tuxedo suit for women and in 1965 the Mondrian Collection.
the first week of november and i keep saying i have plenty of time.
the next thing you know its december 20th and there are no gifts purchased!
every year the same story – i am going to shop all year and pick up something special for everyone on my list.
another year and nothing except a gift guide for you! you will recognize everything it is pulled together so you don’t have to think about it. the great thing about these products is their simplicity makes them desirable. they are simple in the fact that you have what you need at your fingertips.
browse through and pick up what you need for your friends and family and of course a couple of things for yourself.
my goal is to give you some great picks at least once a week so you can focus on what is important, yourself.
if you ask anyone within fashion and beauty about armani, you can bet that either elegance or style will be used in the description. the characteristic clean lines, form fitting but tastefully with amazing fabrics and colors. all of this has translated into the beauty and fragrances. there is a definite synergy that translates to the people they have in the stores.
as a brand develops from one of unknown to household name, it is critical that the team in the field & stores represent the brand with both the retailers and customers. a well rounded team is a must and that is the team growing armani beauty & fragrances. as an assistant buyer and buyer, they became a kind of second family to me. i am still in contact with some of them and even went to a wedding many years ago. they understand the importance of the relationships and develop some of the best.
the most important message here is about relationships. many people can talk about it but very few can act on it without hesitation. putting personal feelings aside everyday and do what is right for the business is one of the keys to success. you grow the business by taking risks and the brands you have developed relationships will support your ideas. the development of the strong relationships throughout the armani organization contributes to the success of the brand and its forty year celebration.
yesterday was CHANEL fashion and as a lifestyle brand, we must look at beauty. the standards set forth in fashion follows suit into beauty. the prestige is maintained through specific standards put into place for the brand and relationships developed with the retail partners.
extending into the details, what comes to mind is upon my arrival into san francisco in 1995, CHANEL was in full blown launch of “vamp”, nail color and lipstick. this was the single most incredible thin i had seen where all aspects of the execution were covered:
education marketing retailer support
the stores looked incredible and the product was flying off the shelves. the inventory moved so fast and everyone was running out. one key element was overlooked, proper forecasting.
that one experience was ingrained in my memory and i told myself that if i ever was a buyer – running out of inventory would never happen. that mantra guided me and allowed me to develop highly successful business so the attention to the detail stays with through to today.
chanel continues to maintain positioning by never faltering on the standards put forth many years ago. that is one of the main reason CHANEL No 5 maintains a top 10 fragrance rank globally.
chanel no 5, 3.4oz eau de parfum spray
chanel allure, 1.7oz eau de parfum spray
chanel chance, 1.7oz eau de parfum spray
chanel chance, 1.7oz eau de toilette spray
chanel allure homme sport, 5oz eau de toilette spray
chanel allure homme, 5oz eau de toilette spray
we pulled together a collection for you below out of the fall lineup that can be basics for you. all the colors are wearable for all skin tones. packaging – perfection as usual. to start is the les 5 ombre de chanel eyeshadow palette entrelacs limited edition, in different shades of nude. they go from light to deep; satin to matte. the design on each shade is inspired by the aubazine abbey in central france where coco chanel grew up. you can see the design of the stained glass windows in the abbey on each shade. this creates a fresh natural look.
for more drama use the les 4 ombres mute-effect quadra eyeshadow palette, 244 tisse jazz.
les 4 ombre palettes redefine eyeshadow as an all in one solution. each palette features vibrant shades inspired by the intertwining threads found in the chanel tweed.
the collections offer endless possibilities since each has 2 medium tones for coloring and contouring, deep shade for intensification and a light shade for highlighting.
244, tisse jazz – part of the blue rhythm collection for the season is inspired by the spirit of jazz and celebrates the boldness of blue.
create the perfect smokey blue eye
finish the eyes with le volume de chanel mascara, noir
your eyes are center stage so your lip is muted in one of 3 variations of brown: 125 indecise, dark tan; 124 ambique, brown with flecks of gold; 122 farouche, rich chocolate brown