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Off To The Beach? Here’s A Last-Minute Outfit You Can Pull Together With Some Airport Shopping

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Online travel specialists TravelBird have just released their annual Beach Price Index ranking over 300 beaches worldwide on the cost of spending one day at each.

Did you know that the most expensive beaches are in Norway? Or that Botany Bay in Kent is the UK’s least pricey beach? Or that Vietnam’s tropical shores came up as the most affordable in the world?

To calculate their affordability, the price of five essentials were researched for each destination: the cost of a bottle of sun cream (200 ml), a bottle of water (500 ml), a beer (33 cl bottle), lunch (including drink and dessert for one person), and an ice cream (vital). At Norway’s Kristiansand Beach, that shopping list would set you back the equivalent of USD$65.59. Whereas in Vietnam’s Cua Dai Beach, all of this would be yours for the princely sum of USD$13.37.

Of course, whether you’re headed to the world’s cheapest or most expensive beach, seaside fashion calls for rules of its own. Think casual and classic – but with a twist. These pineapple trunks by Ted Baker are the perfect example of tropical chic. Ditto the Havaianas (you really, really can’t go wrong with these no matter what colour you choose). A fresh white t-shirt will set off your tan, while a pair of Oakleys will set you apart from the knock-off Wayfarer crew. Lastly, a spritz of liquid sunshine by Sir Paul Smith and you’re ready for your Baywatch moment. All available at good airport shops.

1. Mango T-shirt 2. Oakley Sliver Sunglasses (travel shopping exclusive) 3. Ted Baker Ontima Pineapple Printed Swim Shorts 4. Havaianas Brasil Logo Flip Flops 5. Paul Smith Sunshine For Men Limited Edition Eau De Toilette available at World Duty Free
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Announcing the winners of the PretAirporter Blogger of the Month Awards

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To kick off the monthly PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, we are delighted to showcase our very first winners.

Each month the best posts across beauty, fragrance, fashion, luxury, wines and spirits, are awarded a ticket in Dubai Duty Free’s Finest Surprise luxury car draw (offering the chance to win a fantastic latest model car) and a special PretAirporter award logo. The overall winner each month also receives a USD$300 cash prize, which this time goes to The Whisky Lady. Congratulations, Anne-Sophie!

The initiative will culminate in December with the PretAirporter Global Blogger of the Year Awards, featuring some outstanding cash, product prizes and winners’ trophies. The ultimate winner will also earn a paid stint as Editor-in-Residence at PretAirporter.

Blogger of the Month: Beauty

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Blog post: Tangle Teezer Summer & Disney

With a master’s degree in Fashion Journalism, Fani is displaying an equally masterful blogging ability. Born in Greece, she’s lived in London since 2010. Her blog includes helpful reviews of fashion and beauty products, along with the occasional foodie travel post. In this post, she champions the hair-taming abilities of a trusty Tangle Teezer. A product perfect for children and adults alike to keep unruly hair looking its best.

Blogger of the Month: Fragrance

The Candy Perfume Boy

Blog post: Speed Sniff: Nuit de Megève by Eight & Bob

When not drinking tea, playing with cats or annoying his boyfriend, Thomas – a.k.a. The Candy Perfume Boy – can be found indulging his passion for all things scented. Accompanied by his own comprehensive guide to the nuances and sciences of perfume, The Candy Perfume Boy writes detailed and evocative reviews of the latest perfumes on the block. The Speed Sniff reviews are particularly user-friendly, providing honest but concise opinions and making perfume accessible to the masses.

Blogger of the Month: Fashion

Happily Grey

Blog post: Subtle

Mary of Happily Grey writes a refreshing fashion blog, in that she doesn’t pretend to be an expert or dictate the latest trends. Rather she documents her daily moods and styles to provide inspiration for her followers. Her posts are complete with artistic photography and detailed descriptions of each outfit, explaining why they look so good. This post, titled subtle is anything but. And all the better for it.

Blogger of the Month: Luxury

SilverSpoon London

Blog post: Luxury Travel Tips: How To Plan The Perfect Honeymoon

Angie Silver travels the world in style. Her self-confessed wanderlust has taken her to places including: Europe, South East Asia, Australia, the USA, and South Africa. She’s always eager to try local cuisines and her blog often includes detailed restaurant reviews. Having married in 2014, she has personal insight into writing honeymoon advice. Her post provides handy tips on budgeting, destinations and even what to pack to ensure you look your best.

Blogger of the Month: Wines & Spirits

The Whisky Lady

Blog post: Weekly Whisky News Round-up

Dispelling the myth that whisky is only for middle-aged and older men, The Whisky Lady provides proof that anyone and everyone can appreciate it. When not blogging, Anne-Sophie works as a representative for French distilleries and estimates bottle prices for auction. So, she certainly knows a thing or two about whisky, the water of life. She also includes food pairings and recipes for each reviewed whisky. Her weekly round-up is a tidy information pack about the latest releases in the whisky world; accessible, informative and a valuable resource for any whisky enthusiast.

Vlogger of the Month

Niomi Smart

Post: Spring Look Book

25-year-old Niomi Smart first began vlogging in 2014. An all-rounder, Niomi’s vlogs consist of healthy recipes, lifestyle tips, travel, and fashion advice. Her comprehensive guide to the latest fashion shows you how to make the most out of your spring wardrobe – particularly if you live in the colder British climate. Her guide is complete with a store list so you can also go and buy that jacket.

Instagrammer of the Month

GypsyLovinLight

Mother of two Helen Janneson Bense is half Finnish, half Australian and lives in Western Australia. Having specialised in nutrigenomics and worked with children with autism spectrum disorders around the world, she whole-heartedly believes in a simple, loving way of life. Her Instagram is a gallery of beautiful travel shots and beach fashion inspiration.

 

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A glass of rosé: Summer fragrance has us in the pink

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As the cashmere sweaters get mothballed to make way for the crisp cottons and cool linens of summer, so now is the time to switch from a strong, opulent fragrance to something fresher, breezier and more suited to hot days and humid nights.

A glance at the new fragrances on the travel shopping shelves shows a distinct hint of pink to the summer offerings. Blame it on Millennial Pink, the ubiquitous shade that has been painting its Instagram-friendly filter over everything from buildings to beauty products lately. Making a stealth stain statement, this seemingly innocuous take on baby pink has washed over us to such an extent that the generation-defining hue was named by Pantone (using its official name of rose quartz) as its joint colour of 2016.

Don’t judge a fragrance by its colour however, as underneath the packaging the fragrances themselves range from powdery florals to fruity gourmands to earthy musks. Our advice? Check-in early, play with the sample spritzers and take a new fragrance on holiday with you.

Nina Ricci limited edition L’Air Du Temps Eau Florale

The original L’Air Du Temps was created back in 1948 as an “ode to peace, love and freedom”. L’Air Du Temps Eau Florale is a new edition which retains the delicate feminine core of the original with the addition of peony and honeysuckle. The bold floral design that adorns the packaging is the work of London design studio Camilla Francés. The studio has previously created floral patterns for L.K.Bennett (as loved by the Duchess of Cambridge) and Topshop.

Air France is promoting the fragrance with a series of events including a gift with purchase: In August, Air France passengers purchasing the fragrance in-flight will receive a L’Air Du Temps Eau Florale soap as a gift.

Gucci Bloom

Launched to great fanfare last month as the first fragrance wholly developed by Gucci’s superstar Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Gucci Bloom is described by the man himself as a “rich, white floral fragrance” evoking a garden full of flowers. Natural tuberose absolute combines with natural jasmine absolute and Rangoon creeper to produce a “slightly powdery feminine floral”. The box with its red and white toile de Jouy print houses the vintage powder pink lacquered bottle just made for a Millennial’s Instagrammable dressing table.

Mon Guerlain

Featuring the signature Guerlain note of tahitensis vanilla (a key ingredient of its iconic Shalimar and Jicky) Mon Guerlain also combines lavender, sambac jasmine and sandalwood. The Carla lavender used in the fragrance is described as having quite masculine characteristics which links into the theme behind the formulation of Mon Guerlain: The idea of its wearers playing with genders. While it is undoubtedly a female fragrance, Co-Creator of Mon Guerlain Delphine Jelk urged wearers to “move beyond the divide and ambiguity of masculine and feminine”.

Boss the Scent Intense

With a higher oil concentration than the original Boss The Scent, this Intense version contains heightened fruity top notes of honeyed peach and a heart of oriental osmanthus flower absolute. Inspired by seduction’s sharpening of the senses, this fragrance is further enhanced by an “aphrodisiac” base of dark roasted cocoa and vanilla. Did someone say summer romance?

Prada Candy Gloss

Festooned with lipsticks, the box containing the latest Prada Candy olfactory offering is as fun and flirty as the fragrance within. Miuccia Prada and Perfumer Daniela Andrier devised Candy Gloss as a rich and uplifting, multi-layered fragrance: It opens with a burst of cherry notes before developing through a heart of orange blossom to a base of vanilla-like almond infused with musk. Good enough to eat.

Moschino Pink Fresh Couture

With its genius household cleaner packaging the Moschino Fresh fragrance line was one of the most memorable launches of recent times so we were delighted to hear the range was expanding. The pop pink, cartoon-like bottle of Moschino Pink Fresh Couture doesn’t disappoint. Within, a sparkling, feminine fragrance combines pink grapefruit and cassis with wild rose, pomegranate grains and cedar wood. If only all household chores were this fun.

Narciso Rodriguez Fleur Musc

This edgy rose fragrance, or to give it its official title, a floral chypre comes in a “woah!” hot pink bottle in a shade a young girl with a box of crayons might choose as the perfect perfume bottle hue. In a good way. The idea behind the latest incarnation of Narciso Rodriguez For Her line was to create a scent with a heart of musk surrounded by pink flowers. An initial hit of rose and peonies gives way to the musky earthiness of patchouli and soft amber.

Lancôme La Nuit Trésor Eau de Toilette

Amazingly the original Trésor is over a quarter of a century old, its longevity a testament to its feminine appeal. Like the best stars it knows that a little reinvention now and again never hurt anyone so Trésor’s original Perfumers Christophe Raynaud and Amandine Clerc Marie created the “fresher and more lively” La Nuit Trésor EDT. The original patchouli essence remains enhanced by essence of damask rose and a trio of fruity accords (raspberry, blackcurrant and lychee).

YSL Black Opium Floral Shock

An extra sexy way to get your hit of caffeine this “adrenalin-packed” fragrance has at its heart the Black Opium signature accord of espresso coffee. Combined with refreshing citrus notes of bergamot and orange blossom and with a side order of sugary pear this is one fresh and invigorating fragrance to get you up and keep you going through those long summer nights…

Valentino Donna Aqua

The heaviest thing about Valentino Donna Aqua is its opulent, studded glass bottle. Everything else about it, from the rose-pink hue to the sparkling scent, has come over all light and fresh just in time for summer. Created by Perfumer Sonia Constant, Donna Aqua combines green almond, frosted pear with frangipani rose accord underpinned by sandalwood and hawthorn. A Mediterranean holiday in a bottle.

Chanel Chance Three Moods
Prize for the most summery way to wear your fragrance this year must go to Chanel Chance Three Moods. A trio of shimmering scented gels offer three Chanel Chance fragrances to suit your mood: Chance Eau Tendre (soft and gentle); Chance Eau Fraîche (fresh and sparkling); Chance Eau Vive (energising and vivifying). As well as being completely travel-friendly (no ‘chance’ of any spills), the gels add a flattering illumination to the skin whilst they perfume. You simply apply with the fingertips and massage into the skin. Chanel + shimmer = your perfect summer two-piece.

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It’s Not Too Late To Get A Great Father’s Day Gift

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Dads. They put up with a lot, don’t they? Mostly though, they put up with boring gifts of the socks/mugs/cufflinks variety. They’ve had their oh-you-shouldn’t-have face perfected since Christmas. They don’t need another keyring saying, ‘World’s Best Taxi Driver’. What they’d actually like is a decent bottle of Scotch. Or some aftershave that wasn’t picked up as an afterthought.

So without further ado, here are the best Father’s Day gifts you can buy at airports around the world. See – even travelling isn’t an excuse to forget his special day.

It’s 18 June, by the way.

Loch Lomond Signature

Loch Lomond recently launched a travel shopping range exclusive to duty free shops. Priced from £25 to £75, the collection includes: Loch Lomond Single Grain, Loch Lomond Signature, Loch Lomond 12-year-old Single malt, and Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Madeira Cask Single malt. The Loch Lomond Signature is a blended whisky, which is matured via the distiller’s 100 cask solera process. It’s woody in character, but with some notes of smoke, honey, and leather too.

And as the whiskies aren’t currently sold outside of airports, chances are your dad won’t know how much you spent…

Available at Glasgow Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Southampton Airport, and Edinburgh Airport

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle Superman Eau Fraîche EDT

This travel exclusive fragrance from Jean Paul Gaultier is as kitsch as you would expect from the tongue-in-cheek designer. Bursting with freshness, this is a summer scent if ever there was one. Expect a hit of mint and Neroli, followed by notes of sage, Tonka bean, sandalwood, and vanilla. Best of all, the eye-catching packaging makes this the perfect gift for fans of DC Comics – or, indeed, any dad who needs reminding that he’s a superhero.

Available at World Duty Free 

Montblanc Meisterstück Red Gold Classique Ballpoint Pen

Does anyone need a Montblanc Meisterstück? Chances are, no. After all, unless your dad is in the habit of signing executive orders on a regular basis, his regular biro will probably serve him just fine. But – and this is an important but – don’t think of this as merely a pen. Think of this as an investment into the future; an heirloom in the making; your own child’s birthright. You’re not buying an executive toy – you’re starting a family tradition.

Available through inflight retail

Anthon Berg ‘The Liqueur Tin Bottle’

This one is an easy win: chocolate + booze = Happy Father’s Day! But this isn’t your average box of chocs. Anthon Berg is actually the original inventor of liquor-filled chocolate bottles, and this year the chocolatier has launched a limited edition collection aptly named ‘The Liqueur Tin Bottle’. Filled with original spirits from brands including Mount Gay, Drambuie and Rémy Martin, these dark chocolate bottles are a treat to be savoured. And once every last miniature bottle has been polished off, the moulded matt tin makes a handy place to store keepsakes…or, you know, more chocolate liqueurs.

Available at Hamad International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Frankfurt Airport, Bergen Airport, Stavanger Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and more to follow

Philips Picopix Explorer Projector

In the good ol’ days, your dad loved regaling friends and family with photos from his Kodak carousel projector. Then, Kodak discontinued them all and dashed a million hearts in the process. Well, consider this the Next Best Thing. Equipped with HDMI, USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro-SD slot, it’s the projector for those impromptu moments when he really, really wants to show you a video on YouTube.

Available through inflight retail

i.am+ Buttons Bluetooth Earphones

It doesn’t take a music geek to appreciate these sleek earphones designed by none other than rapper/TV star/philanthropist will.i.am. Inspired by the shape of vinyl records and made from machined metal, these wireless Bluetooth earphones come with over 6 hours of battery life and 120 hours of standby. And while good taste in earphones does not necessarily reflect good taste in music, at least no one will be able to hear his Spandau Ballet playlist leaking out now.

Available at Dixons Travel airport stores

Nuband Activ+ Wireless Fitness Bracelet

If you’re looking to get an activity tracker, but know that your dad has the tendency to lose things/drop them in the sea, then the cheap and cheerful Nuband Activ+ is a great alternative to big names like Fitbit or Jawbone. It does all the same things such as working out the amount of calories burned, sleep patterns, and it even has intelligent sensors that let you know when you’ve been static for too long. But only you know if your dad would misconstrue this as a sly dig about his weight…

Available through inflight retail

Knomad Air Premium Leather Portable Organiser

For fathers who are frequent flyers, this nifty – yet stylish – leather organiser means that he can finally channel George Clooney in Up in the Air. He’ll breeze through security, his every movement economical and assured. Gone are the days of tangled headphones and crumpled boarding passes. His passport will remain as pristine as the day it was issued. He will become the guy with not one, but two spare USB cables. Fans of this case may also enjoy the seminal blog that is: Things Organized Neatly.

Available at London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and Adelaide Airport 

Clogau Stainless Steel and Rose Steel Sports Watch

In 1989, a Welshman named William Roberts made a surprising discovery in the mountains of Snowdonia. He had found an abandoned gold mine (no details about whether a dragon was guarding it or not). Using this rare Welsh gold, Mr Roberts went on to start a jewellery brand named Clogau. Today, the company is a second-generation family business still based in Wales and makes eye-catching pieces like this sports watch.

Available through inflight retail and at Manchester Airport

American Tourister 4-wheel medium expandable spinner Soundbox case

Now, getting your dad a suitcase for Father’s Day – an item that screams practicality, but remains tight-lipped on sentiment – may not be your immediate choice. But hear us out. Chances are, your dad has given very little thought to his current beaten-up travel case. It might even (whisper it) only have two wheels. Until he has swished along an airport floor, gliding and guiding his 4-wheel spinner suitcase with only two fingers, has he truly experienced the wonders of modern travel? And if you insist on popping a plane ticket inside the luggage, as the ultimate Father’s Day surprise, we promise we won’t tell.

Available at Rolling Luggage stores including London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport and London Luton Airport 

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What To Buy When You Next Fly British Airways

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By now, I have my plane ritual down pat. I find my seat, buckle up, and flick through the airline magazine before take-off. I’ll usually give a cursory glance at the duty free catalogue too (what can I say, journalistic research never ends) but nothing has ever inspired me to wave down a flight attendant and say “Yes, please!” when they ask “Duty free?”

I prefer to take my time spraying, sniffing, and sampling products with my feet planted firmly on the airport ground. But on a recent flight to Gibraltar, I happened to pick up British Airways’ High Life Shop magazine and was struck by the calibre of the selection.

NIOD Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8% for £17? I’ll take two. Conde Nast Traveller called it “the Facetune App for skin in liquid form”, so out goes my primer/foundation/bronzer in favour of this nifty find. It’s perfect for getaways when you want a light coverage to enhance – not hide – that holiday glow.

NIOD Photography Fluid Tan Opacity 8%

And what’s more, that wasn’t the only hero product on offer.

For men, the Bentley fragrances (exclusive to British Airways) are a great choice. I gave the Bentley Infinite to my dad and he loves regaling me with tales of all the compliments he receives while wearing it. Though you better hurry, as it’s only available until the end of August.

 

Bentley Infinite EDT

As for wellbeing, both of the Fountain supplements (The Phyto-Collagen Molecule and The Super Hyaluronic Molecule) are fast becoming cult classics already. Spearheading the ‘beauty drinks’ revolution, Fountain has been lauded by celebrities and nutrition experts alike as the holy grail of anti-ageing. There’s an extra saving if you buy both, but if you’ve only got room for one in your hand-carry, opt for The Super Hyaluronic Molecule which comes with an incredible 769% more Hyaluronic Acid than the brand’s original offering.

Fountain The Super Hyaluronic Molecule
Fountain The Phyto-Collagen Molecule

 

Lastly, if you’re in the market for something a little more decadent then it doesn’t get much better than The Renewal Oil by La Mer. It’s only available for onboard delivery, so you’ll need to buy via the website before you fly. It actually works out rather well. Free delivery direct to your seat means that you can skip the wait for duty free service and apply the oil as soon as possible for maximum benefit during the flight. Fans of facial oils will know how intensely moisturising they are for aeroplane skin, and this silken formula takes hydration to the next level. Just warm up a few drops between your hands and sweep across your face before take-off.

La Mer The Renewal Oil

Bonus tip: if the flight you’re on happens to run out of any products you’d like to buy, you can ring High Life Shop on +44 (0)370 241 0777 and order it for the same price with free delivery using your boarding pass details.

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Celebrating Nature’s Bounty on World Oceans Day

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A whopping 96.5% of all Earth’s water is held in our oceans so it only makes sense that we look after them. Celebrated annually on 8 June, World Oceans Day helps to raise awareness of the need for marine conservation. Working together with beauty brands like La Mer, the aim of the project is to find solutions to plastic pollution and prevent marine litter. After all, healthier oceans mean a better future for everyone.

To channel a little bit of World Oceans Day here at PretAirporter, we’ve rounded up the best marine-inspired products you can find in duty free. There’s everything from a fresh, oceanic fragrance to an exfoliating sea salt scrub. So what are you waiting for? Dive in.

Molton Brown’s Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel range is exclusive to travel shoppers. Eau de toilette, bath and shower gels and deodorants are available globally. Australian cypress oil, known as ‘blue gold’, lends its natural blue colour and fragrance. When combined with the aromas of wild sea fennel and hints of jasmine and cardamom, it smells blissfully of exotic shorelines.

A long-time supporter of World Oceans Day, La Mer has recently installed a public art trail of 54 wave sculptures around New York City. Select pieces from the La Mer Wave Walk will go to auction on 21 June with all proceeds going to the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund. This Blanc de la Mer Brilliance Brightening Mask is a two-step treatment consisting of the Brilliance Brightening Soothing Primer and the Brilliance Brightening Gel Cream. Smooth on a few drops of the primer (which contains a blend of algae, vitamins and nutrients), before painting on the gel cream (which also contains a blend of sea-sourced active ingredients and marine peptides). The treatment will leave your skin feeling soothed and looking luminous.

 

For men, Panos Emporio’s masculine fragrance Le Grand Bleu takes inspiration from the forces of the ocean. The Swedish eau de toilette smells refreshingly of lemon, orange blossom, artemisia and black pepper with hints of cedar wood, benzoin, lavender and leather. Available at Scandinavian airports.

 

Alternatively, Davidoff Cool Water Wave is an energising scent, with aromas of grapefruit and Sichuan, birch leaf accord and juniper, with nuances of patchouli and sandalwood. The eau de toilette is available in three different sizes: 40ml, 75ml, and 125ml.

Seascape Island Apothecary has a range of products including hand creams, bath and shower lotions, hair products and moisturisers. Based on the island of Jersey, they use natural, locally sourced ingredients and all their products are free from artificial colours or fragrances, SLS, parabens, petroleum and silicone. Their packaging is certified carbon neutral, making them sustainable and ocean-friendly.

Their Travel Essentials Trio Gift Set contains a Refresh Hand & Nail Cream, a Peppermint Oil Lip Balm, and a small pot of Soothe Sleep Oil, providing everything you need when flying. Their products are available at Air Berlin, Condor, TUI (Germany), and on P&O Britannia. The Soothe Sleep Oil is currently featured on Condor and TUI airlines.

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‘Quintessential Cool Guy’ James Franco revealed as the new face of Coach Cologne

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American fashion house Coach has named James Franco as the face of their new male fragrance, Coach For Men, which launches in September. The 39-year-old actor, director, writer, artist and philanthropist, is certainly no stranger to modelling having fronted many a fashion campaign in his time. For his latest outing, the 127 Hours star channels James Dean in a classic black and white shot complete with a leather biker jacket. It was this adventurous and timeless spirit that Coach Creative Director, Stuart Vevers, sought to bring to their new cologne. “James is the quintessential-cool Coach guy,” said Vevers. “He’s handsome, there’s a bit of danger and he’s thoughtful and challenging, energetic and prolific. He represents so many of the references I’ve used at Coach—references of American style that resonate around the world.”

For his part Franco was just as enthusiastic, commenting that “Creativity is the way I engage with life. It’s the way I engage with other people and communicate, and it’s really the way I find meaning in life. I enjoyed collaborating with Stuart. There are a lot of references to Coach tradition in his designs, but with an added spin, and that idea is something I have done in my creative work.”

 

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In collaboration: the creative teamwork behind Bottega Veneta’s new fragrances

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Since his appointment in 2001 as Creative Director of luxury Italian fashion and accessories house Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier has nurtured The Art of Collaboration.

Bottega Veneta Creative Director Tomas Maier is a firm believer in the benefits of creative collaboration

His latest venture brings together three perfumers, each of whom has created a new floral Parco Palladiano fragrance. Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano is a luxury collection of unisex fragrances inspired by the Palladian gardens of the Veneto region of Italy. The three new editions, representing springtime in the garden, join the original range of six fragrances launched last year.

The idea behind the collection came from sixteenth-century Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, another major source of inspiration for Tomas Maier. Palladio designed the Palladian gardens of the Veneto, the Republic of Venice. The same region that is also the birthplace of the Bottega Veneta brand: Founded there in 1966, its famous leather workshops are housed in a restored villa outside Vicenza, a city famous for its Palladian buildings.

The classical architecture and natural beauty of the area together with Bottega Veneta’s heritage gave Tomas Maier the starting point for the Parco Palladiano collection: “Palladio is a source of endless inspiration for me in many ways. He was an artisan as well as an architect who sought balance and harmony in everything. It was clear to me from the beginning that this was going to be more than about just one fragrance.

The signature Bottega Veneta intrecciato woven design covers the flacon, cap and packaging of the new Parco Palladiano fragrances

“The experience of being in a Palladian garden changes with each hour, and each season. It is not just the flowers, it’s also the trees, the spices, the freshness of the morning, when the garden magnolia is still covered with the dew sparkling in the sun, or the fullness of sunset, when the sensual notes of roses fill the air with their notes.”

Each of the Parco Palladiano fragrances is numbered by a Roman numeral in another nod to classical Italian heritage.

To bring the three new fragrances to life, Tomas Maier called upon the talents of three perfumers: Michel Almairac; Mylène Alran; Sidonie Lancesseur. Tomas Maier commented: “I am very proud of these collaborations. With the Parco Palladiano collection, we have created fragrances that extend and tell a new story about the Bottega Veneta world.”

Parco Palladiano VII: Perfumer Michel Almairac

As the creator of the debut signature women’s fragrance Bottega Veneta, the relationship between Michel Almairac and Bottega Veneta goes back a long way. The relationship has also produced Eau Legère, Essence Aromatique, Parco Palladiano I and Parco Palladiano VI.

Parco Palladiano VII is Michel Almairac’s latest creation for Bottega Veneta. An intense and luminous musky floral, the fragrance tries to capture dawn in a garden of lilacs, with a gentle breeze merging the fresh and powdery scent of the flowers with a trace of saltiness from the water of the Venice laguna. The pale lavender juice of VII mimics the petals of the lilac flower.

Michel Almairac commented: “The idea is to recreate an olfactive impression when we walk through this garden with its incredible richness. I decided to pause in front of the lilac and recreate the flower in its surroundings.”

Parco Palladiano VIII: Perfumer Mylène Alran

Having previously created Parco Palladiano VI, Perfumer Mylène Alran returned to work with Tomas Maier on the new Parco Palladiano VIII.

This fragrance attempts to bottle the aromas of an afternoon stroll through an orange orchard with the sun at its height, the air heavy with sweet, honeyed neroli and the woodiness of bark. Its golden juice conjures up the petals, peel and bark of the orange tree combined with the warmth of the sun.

As Mylène Alran noted: “To reflect the luminous and flowering orange orchard, I used all the ingredients and facets of the plant. The green and woody petitgrain, the delicate floral neroli, the rich and honeydew fleur d’oranger.”

Parco Palladiano IX: Perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur

This is the first fragrance by Sidonie Lancesseur for Bottega Veneta.

A new perfumer to bring a new perspective to the Parco Palladiano range: Sidonie Lancesseur was inspired by the cool air of early evening, as darkness begins to fall and the muskiness of the violet flower is released, to create IX. The floral woody notes are captured in a plum-coloured juice.

Sidonie Lancesseur explained: “I wanted to create a contrast between the delicate and elegant violet and the prestigious enveloping woods that surround it.”

As Tomas Maier summed up: “Collaboration sets a creative dialectic which is intrinsic in everything we do at Bottega Veneta and brings a natural evolution of things: with fragrances it creates the stories that we tell through scents. We started out with women’s fragrances, then we moved to men’s. Now we have Parco Palladiano, and with them all we create a world, one that will always resonate together.”

The three new fragrances in the Parco Palladiano Collection will be available to travel shoppers from this month, priced at €265.

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Alessandro Michele’s first fragrance for Gucci bursts into Bloom

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Creative Director Alessandro Michele set the fashion world alight when he took the helm at Gucci in 2015. His unique style has caused a sea-change in the fashion landscape, his vision has a far-ranging influence that has subtly altered the landscape of our modern world. The Alessandro Michele signature look of prints and embellishments and granny chic has filtered down to the high street and is seeping into our collective consciousness.

All of which means that the debut of the first Gucci fragrance to be conceived from inception under the Alessandro eye is bound to cause something of a stir.

Gucci Bloom is that fragrance. Alessandro Michele chose Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas to bring his vision to fragrant life. A hugely experienced and talented perfumer, Alberto Morillas’ previous creations include Calvin Klein CK One; Giorgio Armani Aqua di Giò; Marc Jacobs Daisy; Kenzo Flower; and earlier this year he worked on Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme.

In this instance, the collaboration has resulted in a ‘new olfactory experience’: A fragrance which unfolds as you wear it. Hence the name Bloom.

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The concept of the fragrance is the rich scent of a garden full of flowers. Natural tuberose absolute harvested from India is woven through with natural jasmine absolute. By using a reportedly exclusive method of co-extraction, natural jasmine is blended with captive molecules to conjure up a “fresh green and petal scent on the skin”. Gucci claims another first: The first use of the Rangoon creeper in perfume making. The plant, discovered in South India, changes colour from white to pink to red as it blooms, fitting in perfectly with the fragrance concept. Luckily, the vine’s flowers play along too, contributing a “slightly powdery feminine floral perfume”.

Alessandro Michele described the inspiration behind the fragrance: “I wanted a rich, white floral fragrance, a courageous scent that transports you to a vast garden filled with many flowers and plants, a bouquet of abundance. The garden is as beautiful as women are; colourful, wild, diverse, where there is everything. Gucci Bloom smells of this garden in order to travel to a place that is not there”.

Gucci defines Alessandro Michele’s fashion philosophy, as distilled through Gucci Bloom, as celebrating the “authenticity, vitality and diversity of the women he designs for, and those that identify themselves in his vision. The women he dresses are flourishing in a natural, expressive and individual way: they are in bloom”.

The Gucci Bloom flacon and box are equally well-dressed. Herbarium, a red and white toile de Jouy print of leaves, cherry branches and flowers, decorates the outer carton of the fragrance, framed in black. Inside, a vintage powder pink lacquered bottle is appliquéd with the Gucci label ribbed and framed again in (always chic) black.

As Alessandro himself noted: “The bottle is not designed feminine to seduce men, but to keep company with the women who wear the perfume. Retro and tender because of its colour, with clean, slender lines, and not crafted in transparent glass – it is instead lacquered, reminiscent of porcelain, a material that I love very much.”

We have not seen the campaign images yet but can reveal that they will feature actress Dakota Johnson; actress and model Hari Nef; and artist Petra Collins. These “contemporary women of Gucci” are friends of Alessandro Michele and boast talents that resonate with the new Gucci vision. Shot by Glen Luchford, the story behind the images is of the three women wearing Gucci Bloom during a day in the city. The fragrance “changes the surrounding urbanity into an imaginary stroll in a fantastical English garden. Tea on a sidewalk flourishing with blooms, walking into an apartment overgrown with verdant plants, and swimming at dusk in a lake entangled with shimmering flowers and reeds”.

Fragrance is an intoxicating combination of sensory pleasure and aspiration. We may not all have the designer wardrobe budget or get to hang out with Michele in Milan but many more of us can waft down the street trailing the scent of Gucci and enveloping ourselves in a cloud of its of-the-moment desirability.

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Pamper yourself silly with World Duty Free

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There aren’t many things in life that come for free, especially not when it comes to looking good. However, thanks to travel retailer World Duty Free, you can board your flight looking a million dollars, without having spent a cent.

A whole range of beauty services such as skin consultations, hand massages and make-up tutorials are on offer at World Duty Free airport store locations, including London Heathrow, Manchester, Barcelona El Prat and Madrid-Barajas airports. Booking is not required so all you need to do is get yourself through security and to the World Duty Free store.

Each treatment usually takes between two and ten minutes, which leaves you plenty of time to complete your shopping before boarding.

PretAirporter brings you some of the service highlights below.

bareMinerals offers three services: Effortless Eyes teaches customers about the benefits of framing eyes; Take Off & Glow suggests luminous products that will cast you in your best light; and Complexion Perfection shows you how to enhance your favourite complexion products with contouring and highlighting.

Getting hitched soon and need a bridal make-up lesson? Head to Benefit’s counter and ask for the ‘Big Day Beautiful’. Other services include 10 Years Younger (does what it says on the tin) and Beauty Blitz – a complete make-up overhaul.

Bobbi Brown offers Secret to Perfect Skin and Secret to Standout Eyes tutorials along with Bobbi’s Ultimate Lesson – a step-by-step lesson on everything you need to know from prepping with skincare to finishing with mascara.

How about a fragrance consultation with one of the oldest perfumers in the world? Guerlain can help you find your perfect perfume among its iconic creations as well as a make-up and flash make-up consultation.

If you’re after a more relaxing pre-flight experience then head to Jo Malone for a beautifully scented hand & arm massage (I’ve had this myself and would highly recommend – a ten minute sit down while your hands and arms are massaged with delightfully smelling products – bliss). Jo Malone also offers scent recommendations for men and women.

British brand Molton Brown also offers a pampering hand & arm massage and when you’re done you can discover its exotic collections with the help of the brand’s experts.

For a taste of luxury, visit La Mer for a personalised facial treatment to combat dehydration and a dose of the brand’s Miracle Broth to transform skin and eyes.

Lancôme helps you to understand your skin via a skin diagnosis and if you’re lacking lustre in that department then the brand offers tips on which of its products will energise and moisturise your skin.

No outfit is complete without a smudge of lipstick so why not make a statement before your next flight with Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic lipstick – you’ll leave with intense, long-lasting colour. If a sultry eye look is your thing then YSL will fix you up with a custom eye look – all in a blink.

Services from Gucci, Urban Decay, Givenchy, MAC, Dior, Clarins plus more are on offer so you really will be spoilt for choice and left feeling like a VIP.

Full details on the beauty services are available here. What are you waiting for? Get in the taxi and get to that airport in plenty of time!

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Undressing Mr. Burberry: Eau de Parfum campaign unveiled

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This week saw the unveiling of a new Burberry campaign for Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum, an intense interpretation of the original Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette. These days any new campaign from the British fashion house is big news as the brand enjoys a golden era under the direction of Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey.

Josh Whitehouse, British actor and musician, returns as the ‘face’ of Mr. Burberry with perfumer Francis Kurkdjian continuing his collaboration with the brand as the creator of the fragrance.

The inspiration for the fragrance itself is the pulsing energy and frisson of excitement that buzz beneath a city, in this case, London. It tries to capture the anticipation of a night unfolding, the thrill that anything could happen. In a nod to the brand’s British heritage, the Eau de Parfum draws on classic scents of British male perfumery: Top notes of fresh tarragon blend with comforting, spicy cinnamon layered over rich patchouli with a base of dense, woody amber and smokey vetiver.

Tales of the city: The new Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is inspired by “the anticipation of London at night”

As with the Eau de Toilette, the bottle uses elements of the iconic Burberry Heritage Trench Coat in the design details of the dark lacquered bottle: The weighted cap is modelled on the horn-look buttons of the coat while the hand-tied bow around the neck of the bottle is English-woven gabardine in honour of the fabric invented by Thomas Burberry over 100 years ago.

Josh Whitehouse is no less well-dressed in a Burberry slim fit wool mohair tuxedo with satin lapels and satin-covered buttons and a handmade silk bow tie, woven and crafted in England.

A monogramming service which personalises the 100ml or 150ml Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum bottle with up to three initials is available on Burberry.com and in selected Burberry stores.

The Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum range also introduces three new limited-edition grooming products all infused with the fragrance: Aftershave Balm; Face Scrub; Hair and Beard Clay.

Q&A with Mr. Burberry ‘face’ Josh Whitehouse

Mr. Burberry is referred to as a ‘man of contrasts’. In what ways are you a man of contrasts?

JW: I am generally quite a quiet person in my day-to-day life and more of a thinker than a speaker. However, I am also a performer so when I’m up on stage with my band I become quite the opposite. In fact, while performing in general – be it acting or music – I, like many other creative people, find that this often becomes something of a release. It is certainly one of my own personal contrasts.

Mr. Burberry is inspired by London. How would you describe the energy of London?

I find the energy of London to be almost frantic: crackling with the busy feet of the busy people running here, there and everywhere. It is a place that is beaming with creativity and life from every corner.

What three words would you use to describe London at night?

Beautiful. Fun. Invigorating.

Would you say that London is different at night versus the daytime?

London at night is like a new city: more romantic, full of fun and flair. It’s when people are out to dress up or relax and have a good time, but the hustle and bustle of all walks of life are still all around you. London never sleeps.

Describe your perfect London night.

My perfect night in London would be with close friends on a nice summer evening, having early evening drinks in Islington or Soho, then off somewhere nice for a bite to eat, followed by bowling or going to see a comedy, a play, a film or to watch a band.

What are your favourite London views at night?

One of the best views I have seen in London at night was overlooking Piccadilly Circus from the rooftop of Hotel Café Royal, where we filmed the Mr. Burberry campaign. You can see all of the rooftops for miles, and all the madness of the streets below.

You can create your perfect night with anyone (living or otherwise), doing anything and being anywhere in London. Describe it.

I would have to skydive onto Dalston Roof Park with my band, eat a hearty steak, and drink some tasty wine. Play a gig on its rooftop, then abseil halfway down, jump and land on one of those big, squishy nets and then head over to a Northern Soul night somewhere and have a dance.

The campaign for the new Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is about the anticipation of a night with a love. How do you get ready for a night out, and what’s the best part of anticipating such a night?

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being excited for a night out, especially if you are anticipating spending it with someone special. The best part of looking forward to it is just that: when it’s nearly time to go, you are getting ready and walking out of the door. You know you have the whole night ahead of you to enjoy.

What do you like about the Mr. Burberry scents?

I love the smell of both fragrances. The Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette is brighter in smell: morning fresh, almost, yet zesty and light. The Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum is a deeper, woodier fragrance – it’s almost more of a romantic scent.

In three words how would you describe the new Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum?

Woody. Romantic. Warm.

How do you think a man should wear fragrance?

If a man enjoys wearing a fragrance, I think it’s nice to have a day scent and a night one. I would apply Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette in the morning around the neck and chest area just after a shower. Then if I’m going out later, I’ll wear Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum.

There are some new grooming products in the Mr. Burberry line: Aftershave Balm, Face Scrub and Hair and Beard Clay. Do you have any favourites of these?

My favourites are the Mr. Burberry Face Scrub and Mr. Burberry Aftershave Balm; they smell amazing and are not too strong, just this lovely hint of the fragrance on your skin.

Do you feel British men have a distinct style, attitude and outlook versus, perhaps, men from other countries – and what do you think the difference is? Does this refer to you too?

I think British men are not afraid of being who they are and looking how they want to look. They don’t take themselves too seriously and can be quite irreverent, and I think this characterises their style. I’d like to think this applies to me too.

Q&A with Mr. Burberry Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

You said that when you started working on the scent for Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette, Christopher Bailey asked for ‘irreverent’. What did he request for Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum?

When I met with Christopher Bailey to discuss the inspiration for Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum, he asked for it to be even more irreverent than the Eau de Toilette – a more intense, deeper fragrance.

What was the inspiration for Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum?

The Mr. Burberry fragrances are inspired by London and its moments, and Christopher Bailey wanted Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum to capture the essence of London at night. It is inspired by the heritage of British male perfume and is constructed to embody the Burberry man.

How do you create a fragrance within the same family, but with a stand out contrast?

Raw materials for a perfumer can be compared to colours for a painter. You can play with them and balance them with each other to create the harmony you want to express. It means you can play with the raw material, but also choose how much of it you put in the fragrance.

Tarragon, cinnamon, patchouli, amber and vetiver are the fragrance notes within Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum. What role does each of the notes play?

These fragrance notes help to increase and underline the contrast between freshness and warmth. They bring depth and texture to the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum fragrance.

How did you approach making the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum?

When I was creating the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum, I tried to capture the intense moments and the sensual vibes of the Mr. Burberry film. I immersed myself in the formula to highlight and emphasise the darker and more sensual part of the scent. The idea was to keep the masculine Britishness, but to infuse the fragrance with warmer and deeper undertones.

As a perfumer, how do you capture the energy of London at night in a fragrance?

It’s a creative process. I use my imagination, my feelings and my intuition, all together. It’s all about capturing a feeling, vibes and a sense of what you feel while in the city and to translate it to the fragrance so it has the same type of feeling.

Fragrance is great for evoking memories and your senses. What memory does the Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum fragrance evoke for you?

The world of fragrances has been related to work for me for the past two decades. It’s a passion, but it’s also my day-to-day life. Whenever I smell a fragrance that I have created, it reminds me of the period of time when I composed it.

What is your favourite memory evoked by a scent?

The smell of mimosa is my favourite scent memory as it reminds me of the house I grew up in.

 

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Announcing the PretAirporter Travel Shopping Exclusive Awards

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Eager to know what the best traveller-exclusive products are out there? Look no further than the inaugural PretAirporter Travel Shopping Exclusive Awards.

The awards will recognise the best channel-specific products, new launches and consumer campaigns of the year. We will unveil full details of the awards, to be judged in Q3, later this month. They include:

· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Beauty
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Fragrance
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Fashion
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Luxury
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Wines & Spirits
· Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year – Confectionery
· PretAirporter Global Travel Shopping Exclusive of the Year

For more information on the awards or to be featured on PretAirporter.com, please contact Helen@pretairporter.com. If you are launching a travel shopping exclusive, please tell us about it.

 

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Calling all bloggers: Chance to win cash prizes and Editor-in-Residence status

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Love blogging? Love shopping? Love travel? If so, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for exciting writers who blog about the joys of travel shopping. It could be a post on the airports you rate for retail therapy, or, the amazing travel-exclusive products you’ve picked up, or, your essential airport shopping lists. Whatever you choose to blog about, if you’re writing about travel shopping we want to be reading you.

PretAirporter will host the monthly PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, a recognition of the importance that bloggers and key opinion leaders play in raising the profile of travel shopping.

Each month the best posts across beauty, fragrance, fashion, luxury, watches and jewellery, fine wines and spirits, will be assessed, and awarded a ticket in Dubai Duty Free’s Finest Surprise luxury car draw and a special PretAirporter award logo. The overall winner will also receive a USD$300 cash prize.

The initiative will culminate in December with the PretAirporter Blogger and Key Opinion Leader of the Year Awards, featuring some outstanding cash, product prizes and winners’ trophies. The ultimate winner will also earn a paid stint as Editor-in-Residence at PretAirporter.

The award categories include:

· Blogger of the Month – Beauty
· Blogger of the Month – Fragrance
· Blogger of the Month – Fashion
· Blogger of the Month – Luxury
· Blogger of the Month – Wines & Spirits
· Vlogger of the Month
· Instagrammer of the Month
· PretAirporter Global Blogger of the Year

For more information on the awards or to be featured on PretAirporter.com, please contact tess@pretairporter.com.

 

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Jo Malone London’s Asian inspiration available exclusively to travel shoppers

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As a quintessentially British brand, the creativity behind some of the classic Jo Malone London fragrances has been sparked by such home-grown delights as the English country garden, a wind-blown beach and even the great literary traditions of its homeland.

The muse behind the new Blossom Belle collection however, was found on the other side of the world. Jo Malone London Vice President Global Fragrance Development Celine Roux explained: “As Jo Malone London is a British brand, we are normally inspired by all things quintessentially British, such as history, fashion and literature, but over the years we’ve travelled and discovered an array of different scents. In Asia we fell in love with blossoms – each trip is a new adventure, a new country, a new scent.”

In an apt celebration of the joy of travel, the result is a trio of Colognes which are available exclusively to travel shoppers around the world during April only:

Plum Blossom is a delicate blend of yellow plum with a fruity, fresh top note, a floral heart and a base of creamy sandalwood and clean, white musk.

Osmanthus Blossom is a white flower described as capturing “the duality of apricot counterpoised with supple leather”. Together with petitgrain, peach and orange flower this gently exotic scent is anchored by voluptuous cashmere wood.

Silk Blossom draws on the pink-fringed pompoms that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The combination of fresh apricot with a hint of spice and ‘powder-soft’ heliotrope grounded on a bed of moss makes for a fruity, enticing fragrance.

So, find inspiration and motivation on your own travels or let Blossom Belle transport you, through the power of fragrance, on a spring fling to far off lands.