Home fragrance gift ideas for fashionistas and stylish interiors
Fragrance and fashion houses love to collaborate and combine forces. Both parties share an enduring love of standout stylishness, stories and scent; therefore, it often makes sense to share one vision. It’s a profitable vision: high-end clothes, accessories and designer perfumes are desirable items (lust lists are dedicated to them). Where there’s desire, there’s a “must-have” mindset, which drives sales.
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, for example, was the master of emotive storytelling through catwalk shows: themes ranged from the Highland clearances of the late 18th/early 19th centuries to Joan of Arc and the Battle of Culloden. Collections were more than clothes to McQueen: collections were escapism and emotions stitched and embroidered into the heart of each design. His vision embraced fear, curiosity, history, struggle and empowerment.
McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection, La Dame Bleue, at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, was dedicated to fashion magazine editor/stylist Isabella Blow after her death. McQueen shared his visual concept and furthered the impact with fragrance: he perfumed the entire room with fabulously decadent Fracas, Blow’s signature perfume (probably every fashionista’s signature perfume at some point in time). “Fashion is about emotion,” said Isabella Blow. The same can be said about fragrance, especially when it reminds us of someone who is no longer with us.
Intoxicating fragrance in Parisian style, known for its refined simplicity, and as an object of desire for women all over the world. Fracas is glamorous and comfortable at the same time, modern and provocative. Fragrantica on Fracas.
Fashion designer Robert Piguet shared Fracas with his fashion fans in 1948. It was created by French perfumer Germaine Cellier who pushed fragrance boundaries with a frolicking fanfare of Tuberose alongside Orange Blossom, Lily and Jasmine, Iris, Musk, Vetiver, Cedar and Sandalwood (notes lined up like beautiful people at a glamorous party). Fracas was reworked in 1998 thanks to the talents of perfumer Pierre Negrin who gave it a modern makeover without compromising the perfume’s exuberant, seductive character.
Great fashion designers know that characters and stories are integral to the finished product, whether it be clothes, accessories or fragrance. Tom Ford, for example, runs his eponymous fashion label while writing scripts and producing movies, including Grand Jury Prize winner Nocturnal Animals. When Ford’s not producing clothes, sunglasses or scripts, it’s fragrance: Ford’s first perfume, Black Orchid, pulls in £121 million in sales per annum.
Without a doubt, style, stories and scent are forever entwined and can result in some seriously fashionable home fragrances.
We take a look at what’s strutted from the catwalk to the candle (some candles are even modelled on the little black dress):
Cire Trudon + Giambattista Valli Positano scented candle, 270g, £70.00.
It doesn’t come more glamorous than a Cire Trudon/Giambattista Valli collaboration. We’re feeling the love for top notes of Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Gardenia. Tuberose and Lily add a touch of gloss.
Tom Ford brings his achingly cool stylishness to interiors in the shape of this candle. Musk, Leather and Suede scents are used to ravishingly great effect. This one’s a wild one. You were warned…
“Alien” and “Angel” perfumes are celebration scents from the house of Thierry Mugler. Now a new scent has sashayed into town. The Les Exceptions’ range includes this sassy candle with notes of Green basil, Sandalwood, Vanilla, and Carrot seed extract. The candle version of the “little black dress”.
Grand style and designer fragrance meet scented candle – what more do interiors want? The fragrance captures log fires and a crackling, fabulous woodiness. Deep and smoky, its richness sums up stylishness without trying too hard. This particular candle sells out fast, gets restocked, then sells out fast again. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try agin. It’s worth it.
As one would expect, a high dose of Brit-chic stylishness sums up this candle. Burberry goes wild for its Highland-inspired fragrance with a nod to the wild, windswept hills and heather. Not just fashionable, it’s fruity too with big juicy notes of Blackcurrant, Blueberry and Raspberry.
Understated style but not short on impact, this candle releases a fanfare of fragrance. Top notes of Blood Orange and Coriander dance around the room and before you know it Mimosa, Saffron, and base notes of Oud, Myrrh, Patchouli, Musk and Amber oils have joined the party, too.
As Diana Vreeland once said, “Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world.” This candle is very Vreeland: full of character and verve. Created by perfumer Clement Gavarry, Extravagance Russe is a celebration of Amber while Vanilla Bourbon and Musk add greatness. If you adore this candle, you’ll love the perfume, see below. It will release you from the banality of the world, too.
Fashion and fragrance, as inspired by…
Glamorous, luxurious and fabulous, fall head over heels for the floral blend of Jasmine, Jonquil, Gardenia, Bulgarian rose and Orange flower.
This smooth operator is a stylish and fashionable mix of Patchouli, Incense and Vetiver. Vanilla, Balsam and Sandalwood ensure a polished, suave finish.