If the scent of iris and violet evokes your Grandma Ethel's stuffy perfumes, it's time to rethink the classic blooms. "These notes are back again because they were forgotten for a long time," says International Flavors & Fragrances' Veronique Ferval. Some of the most cutting-edge designers around are opting in, such as Jil Sander and Prada. "The rhizomes [subterranean stem] of the iris were used during Renaissance times to treat leather," explains Rodrigo Flores-Roux, a senior perfumer at Givaudan. "The root of the Prada house is leather making. It's very close to their DNA to put out an iris fragrance." Others using the notes include Tom Ford for Men, DKNY's Delicious Night, Bulgari's Omnia Améthyste and Creed's Amalfi Flowers. "What makes them modern now is adding a freshness," says Symrise's Isabel Lopes, "making it easier to create a lighter, less heavy [scent]." Still, Ferval advises discretion when spritzing. "Take time to let the notes develop: Evaluate the background, not just the top notes."
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)