As usual, the graphic design background of Issey Miyake was the driving force of this Spring 2014 collection. First there was the live performance by Ei Wada, who created music using light-up TV screens at the start of the runway. Then, there were the clothes. At first glance, one might see a leaning toward minimalism in designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae's silhouettes, but upon closer inspection, you can see each piece featured the types of textile manipulation at the very core of the brand. A series of pants had a three-dimensional grid effect and leather skirts punched with tiny holes seemed to radiate, all thanks to — according to show notes — a "stream stretch" technique. And where other clothes might feel overwrought by this level of innovation, the pieces looked truly effortless. And downright comfortable. Even the models, who meandered the runway in groups, looked positively happy to be wearing them.
When a new fragrance lands on the Bella beauty desk, it's always a happy moment. Picking a new perfume is such an intimate, personal experience, because everyone has their own idea of what smells good and what smells terrible. So we thought, what better way to review four, soon-to-be released perfumes than to get the Sugar editors to do a blind sniff test? They weren't allowed to Google the fragrance or read the accompanying press release — they had only their inner-head nose to guide them... Click through to see the results!
It's time to reveal the final winners in our 2012 BellaSugar Australia Beauty Awards. Turning our attentions to all things body, find out which products — including body wash, self-tanner, firming body product and fragrances for ladies and gents — earned the high praise of our readers. From a shower gel designed (and used!) by a supermodel to some hot home-grown heroes, all are well worth a coveted spot in your bathroom. So what are you waiting for? Find out what they are!
We're seeing fresh fragrances take on spicy scents in the battle to be crowned Best Men's Fragrance in the 2012 BellaSugar Beauty Awards. Who will take out the title? Well that's for you to decide! Pick from: Gucci Guilty Pour Homme, a sexy award-winning scent that opens with notes of Italian lemon, mandarin, crushed green leaves and a pop of pink pepper, Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb which was created by perfumer Olivier Polge as the male version of Flowerbomb, Guess Seductive Homme which certianly seduces the senses with its spicy top notes of cardamom, mandarin pulp and pink pepper, Armani Code Sport by Giorgio Armani, a fresh, masculine scent that hits the spot with its minty, citrus and woody blend, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Sport, a sleek and sporty scent which features bergamot, grapefruit, nutmeg, vetiver roots and cedar or Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Libre, an energetic blend of Calabrian bergamot, violet leaves, basil, star anis, nutmeg, pink pepper, patchouli, vetiver accords, resin and warm leather. Vote for your favourite to win now.
As the weather warms up it's time to trade in those rich, alluring scents for a fresher feel. If you're looking for a lightweight scent opt for an EDT which traditionally tend to be lighter than EDPs. Fragrances with citrus notes are always a good pick as they tend to be nice and light, too. And remember that hot weather can speed up how the fragrance wears so single-note scents are also great.
Many fragrances come and go but a handful stand the test of time, passing from generation to generation, cementing themselves as a classic, iconic perfume. Whether you're a fully paid-up perfumista or new to this whole fragrance game, here's our edit of 10 scents that, if not in your posession, should at least be on your radar.
OK so Summer has officially ended but that doesn't mean you have to say buh-bye to colour just yet. Because this month sees the release of a can't-live-without coral cheek colour from Revlon, a neon pink polish from Orly, two high-shine lip products (one Chanel), a pretty palette from Kit, a gorgeous newbie from Diptyque, a honey body lotion that we can't get enough of and a retro brush that's reminding us of Strawberry Shortcake! Cute! And that's not even all! Yes, March is a month packed full of must haves so see what's made it onto our Wish List this month. What's made it onto yours, peeps?
Seems that if you're over the age of 15 in Hollywood, you're over the hill! With tween cuties Hailee Steinfeld (14), Elle Fanning (12) and Willow Smith (10) dominating the style stakes of late, fashion is sitting up and taking notice of the younger generation. Ms Smith works her signature loud-and-proud style in the March issue of Teen Vogue (the one with Ashely Green on the cover), and seeing her mix high end labels like Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent back with basics from J. Brand, Zara and her own jewellery — it's hard to believe that this pint sized pop star is still in primary school. Willow says of her own style "I wear anything I feel like. If I want to put on a pair of Converse with a pencil stuck through them, I will." Let's hope her unique take on style is one thing that she doesn't grow out of.
Issey Miyake is taking ‘woody’ to a whole new level thanks to its new, unique flacons that have been carefully crafted from beech wood. Jacques Cavallier has given the L’Eau d’Issey juice a makeover, using notes of blackcurrant, mandarin orange, rose essence, mimosa absolute, freesia, Virginia cedar, white musk and amber to create L’Eau d’Issey – Fleur de Bois ($145) which is housed in a pinkish-grey beech wood bottle, topped off with a matte-white metallic cap. For the guys there's L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme – Edition Bois ($118) which features the same great juice, this time bottled in a brown beech flacon, complete with matte silver cap. Both will be available from March 7.
Stockists: Issey Miyake (02 9695 5678)
I've always loved the work of specific perfumers; my long-term obsession being Jacques Cavallier who gave the world Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey (and Stella by Stella McCartney). Thank you Mr. Cavallier.
But until recently, the names of perfumers were intentionally held back. Even now – because perfumes are supposed to sell a lifestyle or an idea – all the attention usually goes to a celeb face or the (beautiful) ad campaign.
That may be changing, though. High-end and niche brands, most famously Frédéric Malle (right), are now openly stating who their perfumers are, and websites like Luckyscent not only tell you who many scents' creators are but also allow you to search by the perfumer.
What do you think? Would you want to know more about the creator of your favourite fragrance or are you not really fussed as long as it smells pretty?