Can you believe it is Christmas in just five sleeps? We're in full-blown present mode and today we're showcasing the latest and greatest in the world of women's fragrance. Buying perfume can be quite personal, but if you pick a juice new on shelf, it's sure to impress. Ready to do some shopping?
Tom Ford's Jardin Noir Collection reveals "the forbidden sides of four of perfumery's treasured blooms: rose, narcissus, lily and hyacinth". Sounds scintillating, right? The bottle is solid black with a lilac label, and each scent has its own story. We loved each one so much, we thought it only fair we share them with you. Click through to pick your favourite, available exclusively at David Jones city stores from December 26.
Tom Ford stockists: 1800 061 326
'Member when we told you that Lara Stone was going to be the new face of Prada Infusion d’Iris? Well now her face is everywhere. Literally. Not only has her popularity soared since then but her gap-faced beauty is on billboards, bus stops and blogs as the fragrance ads roll out. I love it. I think she brings a softer edge that we didn't get from Sasha Pivovarova and the video is the perfect melting pot of sexiness, glamour, luxury and innocence. In fact I'm thinking about pouring my bottle all over the floor and rolling around in it now. On second thoughts . . . maybe industrial strength carpet won't have the same effect as marble. And jeans aren't quite as sexy as a cleavage-baring LBD. Huh. Do you like Lara as the new face? Or are you missing Sasha?
One could never call Marc Jacobs dull. No. Showy is a word that more fittingly describes the designer and his work. So it makes sense that his latest girl, Lola, has gone all out with her new outfit, decking herself out in plush velvet. It's all in honour of Daisy's lil' sister turning one. Bless. The warm floral fragrance is the same, just now it comes in a luxurious collectable edition. The once-rubbery flower top is now velvet that is super-soft to the touch. J'adore. You?
Marc Jacobs Lola Velvet Edition EDP ($120) is available now. Stockists: 1800 812 663.
If the name Stefano Canturi doesn't mean anything to you, it should. The renowned Australian jewellery designer, famed his geometric designs, is having quite a year. Having opened his first Stateside boutique in NYC this January, his first foray into fragrance launched into the exclusive Bergdorf Goodman department stores in April. He then — along with the majority of the population — saw his designs appear in the hotly-anticipated Sex and the City 2 movie. It's not the first time the Aussie designer has seen his work grace the silver screen, having created a 134-carat, 1,308-diamond necklace for Nicole Kidman’s character Satine in Moulin Rouge, as well as designs for The Matrix and Superman Returns. Oh and he's the man behind the world's most expensive Barbie.
He was back on home turf this week to launch Canturi eau de parfum to the Australian market — it will bow into Myer later this month. Created alongside perfumer Kevin Verspoor, it is Stefano's first artistic venture outside of jewellery design, but one that shares many parallels: "Like jewellery, fragrance is the ultimate expression of the wearer's personality," he says.
OK, so this is like The Biggest Category of all time. But also the best if you count that there have been approximately 1,683,000 women's designer fragrances launched since the start of the year. Slight exaggeration but it's not far off. We've shortlisted the 11 that made the most impact in our office (pictured above), but please don't forget that you can vote for Viktor & Rolf Eau Mega EDP, Dsquared She Wood, Burberry Sport, Issey Miyake Nature Print Limited Edition, Bulgari BLV Eau d’Été, Couture Couture by Juicy Couture, Marc Jacobs Splash Patisserie Collection, Chloé Eau de Fleurs, Prada Infusions Limited Editions 2010 Infusion de Tubereuse and more in the comments section . . .
Vote on all of the 2010 Bella Fragrance Awards polls here.