LONDON — United Perfumes is forging ahead with its Fornasetti franchise. The London-based beauty distributor and manufacturer will in September unveil Flora, a second home fragrance for the dreamy and whimsical Italian interiors brand.The new scent is meant to be a foil to Fornasetti’s first scent, Otto, which launched two years ago and features notes of thyme, lavender and cedar wood. Both fragrances were developed by master perfumer Olivier Polge at International Flavors & Fragrances.“We decided to turn the tables and do the opposite of Otto, which was a little bit dark,” said Laurent Delafon, cofounder and chief executive officer of United Perfumes. “Flora is meant to be the day to Otto’s night. It’s beautiful, sophisticated, but not sickly sweet or overpowering.”The new scent contains top notes of ivy, lily of the valley and white rose; middle notes of iris, orange blossom and jasmine, and base ones of tuberose, sandalwood and musk. It comes as a candle in a decorative ceramic vessel with a lid, hand-decorated in Italy.As with Otto, the vessel’s design features the face of the opera singer Lina Cavalieri, but this time in the guise of the mythical fertility goddess Flora, wearing a crown of greenery and flowers. Unlike Otto, however, Flora comes only in candle form, rather than incense, scent spheres and scented crystals.Delafon said one of the inspirations for the latest scent was the garden of the Fornasetti family’s house in Milan, which is more of the wild and rambling English variety, than of the manicured French one.The Flora candle comes in one size, 300 grams, and is priced at $165. The vessel is meant for keeping once the candle is finished.The candle will launch at about 80 retailers worldwide, including eight Barneys New York locations, Selfridges, 10 Corso Como, Fornasetti, L’Eclaireur, Lane Crawford and Couture Lab. Although Delafon declined to reveal revenue projections for the line, industry sources said first-year sales are set to hit $1 million.Otto also has some news of its own: United Perfumes has created new scented candle vessel designs, including the iconic face of Cavalieri with vivid, vertical bands of colors. Other variations show Cavalieri’s face covered with a net or with a mask in a series known as Burlesque. The Burlesque designs were originally designed for the Parisian store L’Eclaireur, and have now been brought into the main collection.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)