Last week Melissa and I attended a Stylist Luncheon to kick off the Fall 2011 Trends and experience eight new fragrances exclusive to Neiman Marcus. We had great fun finding out about the newest, cutting edge beauty products and testing the new scents.
I particularly enjoyed learning about the fragrances, and I discovered one that I simply cannot live without. No lie, as soon as it hits the stores, I’m going to be first in line.
Bottega Veneta is an Italian luxury design house that produces elegant leather handbags, luggage and fine jewelry, but until now lacked lacked one thing — a fragrance.
Here is what they have to say about it:
Starting September 11th, Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive home to Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum, Bottega Veneta’s debut fragrance. The notes included are patchouli, oak moss, bergamot, jasmine and pink pepper.
Creative Director Thomas Maier on his inspiration when creating the fragrance: “An old house in the beautiful countryside in the Veneto region of Italy with rolling green hills, where we’re from. I envisioned a room with old wood floors, library walls and leather-bound books with the windows open wide, the breeze coming in and cut grass, hay, moss, garden flowers, growing through the room and everything mixing up. That’s where we started.”
Here is what I have to say: I like perfume, but I don’t wear it much. When I do wear it, I feel like I smell it all day. But the Bottega was different. It was there, but it wasn’t potent, and every once in a while, when I was least expecting it, I’d just get a whiff. It’s a soft fragrance, slightly sweet but not sickeningly so. I generally prefer a fresher, cleaner scent, but this one intrigues me, and I am dying to get my hands on some of it!
Even the bottle was designed and carefully crafted to contribute to the overall experience of the perfume.
The bottle’s design is about contradictions: soft, rounded curves coupled with a substantial weight. Maier said the design came naturally as an organic process after working with the same Murano glassmakers who developed the glasses and water carafes of his eponymous home collection. A small metal brunito cap (the standard Bottega Veneta color) and a leather ribbon clipped with a butterfly stamp hides an underside evocative of the house’s signature intrecciato woven leather.
Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum should arrive in select Neiman Marcus stores on September 11. It will be priced at $95 for 1.7 oz. and $130 for a 2.5-oz. size. The line will also include a $95 body cream, $50 body lotion and $40 shower gel, all in 6.7-oz. bottles.