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Penhaligon’s Iris Prima: Inspired by English National Ballet

Penhaligon’s fragrance Iris Prima is one of its most romantic and covetable yet.  Created in partnership with English National Ballet, Iris Prima is a modern, luxurious scent that captures the elegance and creativity of London’s leading dancers.

Master perfumer Alberto Morillas absorbed the drama and spirit of the renowned ballet company from the theatre wings and in the rehearsal studio at its South Kensington home, Markova House.  To fully immerse himself in their artistic world, he was granted exclusive access to English National Ballet dancers Nathan Young and Lauretta Summerscales.

Far from being girly or overly sweet, Iris Prima is a refined, subtle eau de parfum that also work surprisingly well on men.  The glass bottle with a suede embossed label and leather print box give it a tougher edge while referencing the dancers’ ballet shoes.

Iris Prima opens with a crisp burst of Bergamot, Green Amber and punchy Pink Pepper.  As the fragrance develops, it becomes more musky and sophisticated with prominent Iris Absolute, Jasmine Sambac and luminous Hedione and Paradisone.  The base of the fragrance is powdery and sultry with a heady blend of Leather, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Benzoin.

At the preview of Penhaligon’s Iris Prima, we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at what and who inspired the new fragrance.

On display were portraits of the dancers, exquisite costumes from ballets including The Nutcracker and a beautiful installation of Bloch ballet shoes and an over-sized bottle of Iris Prima.

Iris Prima is a very special, delicate fragrance that you can wear day or night to transport you to a prima ballerina’s world of endless tulle and pirouettes.

Iris Prima will launch in the UK at Penhaligon’s boutiques, online at and with selected department stores on 9th September 2013.  100ml for £120 and 50ml for £85.

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Chérie Loves: February 2013

Opening Ceremony by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (published by Rizzoli), £25.60, Amazon
Opening Ceremony’s first hardback book is a fabulous scrapbook recording the brand’s history, collaborations and cool projects since its beginnings in 2002.  The book includes graphic stickers, Terry Richardson photography, zine inserts by friends such as Chloë Sevigny and Spike Jonze and artwork by Rodarte and Terence Koh.

Saint Laurent Paloma Striped Suede and Metallic-Leather Sandals, £730, Net-a-Porter
Hedi Slimane’s debut Saint Laurent collection was full of covetable footwear and one of my favourites are these luxurious, disco-esque heels.

Ditsy Garden Dress, £45, Oasis
Luella may be no more, but the English Eccentric brand’s spirit lives on with this adorable, flirty floral and black lace dress.

Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum, £41.50-£75, Debenhams
Valentina by Valentino is a delicate, sweet, heady floral oriental fragrance that captures la dolce vita and the refined femininity of Valentino.  Created by Olivier Cresp and Alberto Morillas, the fragrance opens with Calabrian Bergamot and Alba Truffle and leads to a white floral bouquet of Amalfi Orange Blossom, Tuberose and Jasmine with Wild Strawberry.  The base notes of Amber and Cedar give the fragrance a sensual, dusky warmth.  I also adore the round glass bottle adorned with pretty blush and white flowers.

Willow Tote Calf Ostrich Mix Navy, available mid-February, Mulberry
Mulberry’s stunning new Willow tote features a clever zip-detached envelope clutch, so you can instantly switch from daytime functionality to evening glam.  The luxurious two-in-one bag is the ultimate travel accessory, particularly if you need to streamline your luggage.  The Willow clutch can also be bought on its own and comes in black, navy, white, biscuit brown, nude, apricot and mint.

Tosha Pink Bracelet, £49, Swarovski
Summer comes early with this boho-luxe turquoise crystal and pink neon cord bracelet.  Even though it’s freezing outside, it makes me dream of sundowner cocktails at an exotic beach bar.

Yazbukey for Cire Trudon Candle, 70E, available at Colette now and at Cire Trudon, Chiltern Street, from March
A match made in heaven, accessory designer Yazbukey has created an exquisite candle for Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest candle maker.  Designed in seductive boudoir shades of black, red and pink, the scent is an alluring blend of violet and tobacco.

* Valentina by Valentino eau de parfum and Swarovski bracelet c/o brands