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Monsieur Charli, elegance for men

Monsieur Charli, elegance for men

In Fashion, there are big brands doing good or bad quality and there are small brands doing what they can. And there are promising brands that have the aim to propose a qualitative and essential work. And that is Monsieur Charli. When Virginie Lépron had the idea to create Monsieur Charli, she basically realized, by just observing the men who surrounded her, that they all had a urgent need for a Brand, proposing good qualitative accessories for them. As men, we do not have much accessories to play with (compared to women) so the few ones that we have are simply key to our look. So that was her motivation and that is why she created a line of men accessories as practical as elegant. Monsieur Charli collection is segmented in 3 lines: The Elegant men, the Globe-trotter and the trendy urban men. So the philosophy of creation is quite…

New Balenciaga Flora Botanica – disappointing

New Balenciaga Flora Botanica – disappointing

It is true that we cannot succeed everything, and with the launch of the new fragrance by Balenciaga – Flora Botanica – it is precisely the case. Basically we cannot understand why such a launch. Is Coty Inc, the owners of the Balenciaga fragrance license putting pressure on Balenciaga ? Or is it just “Ok, we got it wrong”. As we can see the new “egerie” is Kristen Stewart. And here already troubles start. Why her? She is the typical “non-active” girl, sulky and without too much energy. Finally the perfect victim of vampires :-). I am a little hard here, sorry. But essentially she is a cliché and that is what I criticize the most Balenciaga’s choice. After a magnificent Charlotte Gainsbourg, completely out of the mainstreams, they just go 360 degrees on the cliché-girl. The name now. FLORABOTANICA. Probably they tried to stick to a certain heritage and…

After 45 years, Yves Saint Laurent changes its name!

After 45 years, Yves Saint Laurent changes its name!

That was the news of the week. After 45 years of existence and the explosive arrival of Hedi Slimane to the company as Artistic Director, the company Yves Saint Laurent has decided to change name. It will become simply Saint Laurent Paris. History of fashion showed that creators founded Houses of creation, that became Brands and finally labels. Christian Dior became Dior, Loris Azzaro becomes Azzaro, Cristobal Balenciaga becomes Balenciaga, Nino Cerutti is now Cerutti, Emanuel Ungaro is Ungaro or Gianni Versace is simply Versace. We could also add Thierry Mugler that now is Mugler. It is interesting to see that basically we skip the first names of the creators as a strong symbol to dissociate the person and the Brand. By using the last name, the Brand becomes a label, like Puma or Nike or Apple. On one side we skip history and a creator, in another side we…

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for him

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for him

Zadig & Voltaire, the french fashion Brand is launching in this beginning of the year a new fragrance duo called Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for Her and for Him. I got the opportunity to review the masculine version. The Brand was created in 1995 by Mr. Thierry Gillier, grand-son of André Gillier (co-founder of Lacoste). The Brand name, Zadig & Voltaire, is inspired by the Novel “Zadig, or The Book of Fate” written in 1747 by the french philosopher Voltaire. The main character of the novel inspired Mr. Gillier because of his charisma, modernity and bravery. The fashion Brand has products for women but also for men and even a children line. Zadig & Voltaire is well known for its cachemire with rock skulls in brodery, their tshirts and the mythic Touly bag. The creative universe of the Brand is quite broad as they have a Music…

Angel by Thierry Mugler, happy 20th anniversary!

Angel by Thierry Mugler, happy 20th anniversary!

The fragrance Angel by Thierry Mugler is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. From 1992 (its launch) and 2012, it was a real adventure, going from an extravagant dream towards the establishment of a market leader. Let’s celebrate! Everybody is waiting to know what surprises the brand with the star is preparing. In the meantime, follow this timeline. The Fragrance industry is by far one of the most dynamic segments of the luxury business. Each year, we identify more than 300 new fragrance launches in the world. After a period of 10 years, only 1 or 2 are still around. What makes the difference between a true creation that becomes timeless and a failure ? Probably the courage, the originality and the “convictions” a creator will place on it. And Angel by Thierry Mugler definitely  is part of these fragrances that changed the way perfumers were creating fragrances. There was…

Thierry Mugler, le Goût du Parfum

Thierry Mugler, le Goût du Parfum

Thierry Mugler Parfums is launching for this winter, a prestigious and innovative collection of 4 fragrances based on their best-sellers. It is called Thierry Mugler Le Goût du Parfum, “the taste of Fragrance” in english. Thierry Mugler always writes its own track in the middle of the Fragrance industry landscape. Since 1992 and the launch of Angel, a true olfactive UFO, Thierry Mugler cultivated the art of surprise by offering new fragrances, always  out of the box. A*men, Mugler Cologne, Alien and recently Womanity are the witnesses of Mugler courage to reinvent himself no matter trends or fashion influences… He reinvented high-perfumery and offered to the world a new olfactive family thanks to Angel: the Gustative notes. The Praline note of Angel opened a window on a new way to formulate oriental fragrances towards a more “tasteful” path. Since then, and always loyal to its heritage, Thierry Mugler Parfum capitalizes…