Wedding Guest Scents: What to wear? Match Fragrances to Fabric!

For ‘what to wear’ as a wedding guest (or any of the posh parties and events one might get invited to in the warmer months) it can often be a bit of a struggle to wonder which fragrance we should reach for – something that feels dressed up, but not too overpowering. Where to start…?!

 

 

 

Help! Suddenly, those going ‘out-out’ scents we saved for dressy occasions can feel rather too cloying or stifling in the summer, and so we urge you to reach out and match the feel of your fragrance to the fabric used in the outfit you’ll be wearing. There are so many scents out there evoking the sensual textures and moods of silk, cotton and linen. So, start with the look for inspiration and finish with the fragrance that best enhances it as your invisible accessory. It’s the most cohesive way to feel put-together and instantly event-ready, no matter the occasion…

 

 

 

 

Juliette Has a Gun Musc Invisible

If you’re wearing something more simple but beautifully cut – say, a stunning cotton dress, the airy perfection of broderie anglaise, or the clean lines of summer two-pice –  you don’t want to overwhelm the look. Pair with this dreamy blending of radiant jasmine absolute with deliciously soft cotton flower, resting on a featherbed of soul soothing white musk. Want a scent to wear every day, not only for a special events? This is your new go-to for any occasion.

from £100 for 50ml eau de parfum Johnlewis.com

 

 

 

Cacharel Noa

Created by none other than famed nose Olivier Cresp, this is a timeless masterpiece of understated loveliness – and perfect for those on a budget (if you pushed the boat out for the outfit!) Who doesn’t want to be wrapped in a whisper of white, soft cotton and pretty, powdery peonies? Weightless yet fluffed around the edges, the soothingly nuanced freesia nuzzles fuzzy peach skin, ylang ylang and a shower of sheer rose petals to the creamy, transparent incense base.

£21.99 for 30ml eau de toilette theperfumeshop.com

 

 

 

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Floris Tuberose in Silk

A ‘celebration of voluptuous tuberose’, think elegantly draped silk – the captivatingly iconic flower enrobed in the solar breeze of jasmine, the soft musk of warm skin and a surprisingly fruity benzoin base. Sourcing a natural tuberose absolute from southern India, there’s sunshine folded within, so it blooms beautifully for hours. In-house perfumer Penny Ellis worked with perfumery director Edward Bodenham to create this hand-poured, small batch edition. Stock up now!

£180 for 100ml eau de parfum florislondon.com

 

 

Creed Queen of Silk

For something more va-va-voom, this wows with the intricacy of a lavish pattern that emerges from a roll of the finest silk. Fusing the opulence of tuberose with the rich qualities of patchouli, think of those notes as the warp, the scented structure of this composition, while succulent passion fruit balances smooth vanilla and amber-rippled woods act as the colour-shift weft. Threaded together, they drape with magisterial presence for a perfume that demands attention.

£270 for 75ml eau de parfum creedfragrances.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Estèe Lauder White Linen Legacy

‘I named it White Linen because I envisioned the woman who wore it as fresh, crisp and clean’ said Mrs. Estée Lauder of her original masterpiece. Reimagined here with the help of Frederic Malle in the Legacy collection, White Linen feels elevated beyond simplicity to become, as they describe it, more ‘geometrical.’ The pureness feels exquisitely tailored, a symphony of airy aldehydes, breezy rose and jasmine wafting to the warm, musky, hay-like vetiver base. Sublime!

£250 for 100ml eau de parfum esteelauder.co.uk

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale

The fabric of fragrance: perfumes inspired by silk, velvet, suede & linen

The catwalks have been strutted, the #FROW have gasped in delight (or tutted beneath their sunglasses) and fashion weeks in London, Paris and Milan are now in the bag – but perfumers are inspired by fabric all year ’round for their fragrant creations.

Last week we explored fragrances inspired by satin, leather, cashmere and cotton, this week we urge you to reach out and get touchy-feely with fragrances evoking the sensual textures and moods of silk, velvet, suede and linen…

 

 

Oudh-avoiders – do not recoil! This is a delightfully boozy gourmand that’s all silky smooth rum-soaked fruits slathered with cream and sprinkled with spices, so although oudh may be at the heart of each fragrance in the collection, think of it more as an ingredient added for depth and longevity. Interestingly, Amouroud is the latest evolution of the widely respected Perfumer’s Workshop, launched 45 years ago. Deliciously comforting, we’ll gladly be following the Silk Route trail (and wrapping ourselves in this along the way…)

Amouroud Silk Route £166 for 100ml eau de parfum
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Like a sweet, balmy breeze rising from the walls of ancient Palermo, the Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Ambrée Musk eau de parfum swathes you in the warm caress of the sun wherever you may be. With a perfectly blended mix of woods and spices, this unique fragrance melds to your skin with sandalwood, tonka bean and aromatic cardamom – a nuzzle of delight to bury your nose in (and equally divine on any sex who dares to wear it).

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Ambrée Musk £200 for 50ml eau de parfum
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Wearing this is like reaching out and stroking the softest, most supple suede your fingers ever dreamed of. The warm intensity of oudh, olibanum, patchouli, suede and amber at the fragrance’s core is balanced with resinous balsam, sweet praline and honeysuckle, plus dreamy white flowers, while a little pinch of spiciness from cypress, birch and pepper awakens the senses. Sueded Oud is a study in carefully crafted opposites, and we love the creamy-fresh result.

CLEAN Reserve Sueded Oud – Try a generous 10ml bottle as part of THIRTEEN fragrances in the Luxury Layering Discovery Box £19 (£15 for VIPs)

 

One of the greatest pleasures on earth is surely the joy of crisp, white, line-dried cotton sheets. This absolute classic deserves to be enjoyed afresh – it’s all billowing clean fabric evoked via the slightly soapy coolness of white flowers and a zing of verdant greenery. Bulgarian rose, violet and powdery orris atop an earthier base of vetiver and soft, dry mossiness make for true elegance, a scent to wear whenever you want to remember sunshine and happiness.

Estée Lauder White Linen £56 for 60ml eau de parfum
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By Suzy Nightingale

Etro to weave a touch of luxury with Shantung at Liberty

Etro are one of those word-of-mouth fragrance ranges doing marvellous things under the radar – interesting perfumes beautifully packaged, but whispering about their charms rather than shouting from the rooftops.

Inspired by and named for exotic regions, traditional patterns and luxurious fabrics, they are whimsically unique poetic perfumes and fit perfectly into the brand’s fashion-led history of delicately intricate yet impactful designs.

Etro say: ‘A textile of words, a landscape of colours, a whisper of iconic style in each perfume. Each essence evokes a new place, a new frame of mind, the rediscovery of forgotten myths and memories… a treasure trove of associations, words, colours, moments and memorable places. Abandon convention, the challenge is rediscovery: the sensuality of a floral bouquet, the nocturnal notes of wood and spice, and, above all, the unique nuances that speak to individual style. This originality and unconventionality has characterised the entire Etro perfume collection for a quarter of a century.’

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Founded by Gimmo Etro in 1968, the house is built on a lifestyle concept with exquisite materials being their mainstay, and perhaps most widely known for their use of the paisley pattern – since 1981 a motif the brand has cleaved to and made their symbol.

The latest to join the expanding fragrance collection (now burgeoning with over 25 fragrances) will be  Shantung – a symbiotic relationship with the scent being exclusive to Liberty in the UK – a store known for their love of luxurious fabrics. Inspired by the beautifully rich yet flowing silk, Etro give the scent a kind of sub-heading of ‘Fairie Flowers’ – a reference to the gossamer-light touch of peony woven through with a sheer rose, fresh mandarin, blackcurrant and cedar with the whole composition kissed by the softness of cashmere woodiness in the dry-down. Launching in the coming weeks at Liberty, we think this will be a fragrance to transition you through from Spring and right through the warmer months of Summer ahead…

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Etro Shantung £118 for 100ml eau de parfum
Exclusively in-store at Liberty

Written by Suzy Nightingale