IN THE DOCUMENTARY NOSE (OUT NOW ON APPLE TV AND GOOGLE PLAY), WE SEE YOU CLOSELY AT WORK WITH FLOWER GROWERS AROUND THE WORLD. WHAT’S THAT COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP LIKE?
“It’s both an obligation and a pleasure. It’s a virtuous cycle: we support them year after year by buying all of their production, and that affects me in the best way because I enjoy the best raw materials there are! Sometimes, going to the fields and seeing the harvests gives me ideas and inspires new things that make me want to create a perfume around.”
THAT SURE CHALLENGES THE WAY WE THINK OF PERFUME CREATION: IT TAKES PLACE NOT ONLY IN LABS, BUT ALSO OUT IN THE FIELDS.
“You often think that perfume is created in a lab by one man, but we show now that perfume is the result of a human chain – the people who prepare the land and plant the flowers; the ones who harvest them; the ones who transform them into absolutes; the one who reflects on and mixes them (me) and finally the customer who wears it. It’s my belief that a perfume doesn’t really exist in the world before it is worn by somebody.”
THE KEY NOTES IN J’ADORE INFINISSIME – FROM TUBEROSE TO CENTIFOLIA ROSE AND JASMINE SAMBAC – COME FROM THE GRASSE REGION OF FRANCE. WHY IS GRASSE SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?
“Grasse is with me in everything I do. I know it sounds cliche, but it’s the truth. I grew up here and remember distinctly the fresh smell of jasmine in the fields at night when I used to ride on my bike and the smell of rose in the morning when the flowers open up with the first rays of sun. It’s imprinted in my olfactory memory.”
THE STAR OF J’ADORE INFINISSIME IS TUBEROSE. WHY THIS FLOWER?
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Call Of The Wild
If the original Pocket bag that Burberry introduced last year embodies heritage-made timeless – cue its leather-trimmed canvas make and structured, squarish shape inspired by a shopper from the archives – the Soft Pocket is its independent-minded grown-up sister. With an idiosyncratic trapezoid shape, it’s crafted entirely in calf leather, lending both pliability and a tough edge. In collaboration with the British luxury house, Female introduces four content creators – professional or accidental – with an equally nonconformist streak to watch out for.
What Really Goes Into The Making Of A Dress Or Bag?
What really goes into the making of a dress or bag? With the pandemic spurring fashion houses to put the focus back on community and craft, Gordon Ng zeroes in on some Spring/Summer 2021 releases that prove that sometimes, it really does take a village (or going back to one).
From a platform connecting charities and social causes with creatives to a design studio which has mushrooms (yes, fungi) as its primary medium, the eight emerging creative names spotlighted here share the same pursuit as us: challenge the way people see and think.
Ties That Bind
One year after an assured debut in the world of makeup, Hermes is now revealing its second offering: the Rose Hermes range of blushers. Gordon Ng reports on the art, science and community behind it.
The crystal specialist Swarovski celebrated its 125th anniversary last year with the bold announcement of the fashion plate Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert as its first-ever creative director. This month, the full range of Collection 1 – her debut comprising a dazzling 14 sub-collections – gets released here, along with a new unified brand (you don’t have to try discerning between its different divisions any longer) and boutique concept as bombastic as the jewellery itself. Gordon Ng gets her to share the marvel that she has in store.
Willabelle Ong - The Girl Who Does Everything
Many would classify Willabelle Ong as the archetypal ’90s-born content creator made good. With her work spanning polished, artfully composed Instagram photos of herself showing off the latest fashion must-haves; Tiktok videos that reveal her to be quite the cheeky comedienne; and large-scale abstract expressionist canvas paintings, one can also call her a Renaissance woman for the post-social media age. That and the perfect personality to show off Chloe’s pragmatic-meets-poetic runway pieces for Spring/Summer 2021 meant to evoke feminine strength and hope. Female and the French label put her in the portrait seat.
Magic In The Air
With its iconic accord of rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and lily of the valley, Dior’s J’Adore is a veritable icon of modern perfumery. This month, the house launches J’Adore Infinissime, a sensuous update bolstered by a voluptuous heart of tuberose. Francois Demachy – perfumer-creator for Dior since 2006 – is the man behind it. He’s also the star of Nose, a recently released documentary that zeroes in on the secretive workings of the fragrance industry. Gordon Ng speaks with the master perfumer to find out about his process and how the most important ingredient in scent-making is the human touch.
A Love Story
Even before he started his holy grail of a namesake website and Instagram account expounding on the world of luxury fashion, Bagaholicboy – designer bag connoisseur and long-time collaborator of Female – made it his quest to demystify the allure of the Chanel 11.12 handbag. Together with the French maison, Female gets him to share about his fascination for this iconic design and how he got a legion of others to love it too.
By Your Side
Drawing on its knack for innovative shapes and effortlessly modern design when it comes to watches and jewellery, Cartier debuts the Double C de Cartier – a leather shoulder bag that proves that the maison might just also be a master of fashion. Ladies, take note.
A Tribe Called Quest
Behind many of Rolex’s iconic designs are some of the world’s bravest adventurers. Gordon Ng reports on the legacy of the Swiss luxury watchmaker’s enduring support of the explorer community.
Colours Of Masculinity
Ayden Sng shares his take on masculinity and what the colours of Dior Sauvage mean to him.
New Dior Forever Offerings
Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, ruminates on the changing face of makeup and shares how the new Dior Forever offerings can help you keep up.
A Colour Symphony
Presented against hyper-realistic projections of galaxies beyond ours, Dior Men’s fall 2021 collection is a bridge between history and the future. And resting comfortably in between are colourful toons conceived by artist Kenny Scharf.
¿Quién se iba a imaginar que las luces LED y la realidad aumentada serían par te fundamental del cuidado de nuestra piel?
The Summer Hair Edit
A sweeping look at the hair fashion trends for summer 2021.
It’s called Gem Dior – and it’s the first time Dior has launched a watch and jewellery line together. Here are our favourite timepieces.
The creative director of dior joaillerie victoire de castellane explores monsieur dior’s infatuations with the rose, in a visual and tactile feast of jewel encrusted petals and stems
What a Time to Be Alive!
Mi vocación por esta profesión nació con la moda femenina. Como adolescente de los dos miles me atraparon el Dior de John Galliano, el Vuitton de Marc Jacobs o la genialidad de Alexander McQueen. Pero cuando trataba de ver con los mismos ojos la moda masculina, me aburría. Fue hasta que descubrí el Dior Homme de Kris Van Assche que empecé a conocer más posibilidades. Después la moda masculina evolucionó tan rápido que hoy es igual de relevante que la femenina, y solo puedo decir: What a Time to Be Alive!
Dior at the double to fire Dragons
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Cool Looks To Inspire Your Do
Makeup is about expressing yourself and having fun – and that’s what three up-and-coming makeup artists did when we gave them free rein.