Take a romp through spring…

Couture houses  synonymous with elegance and wealth have been dressing the rich and famous  for decades but for most of us a puff of fragrance will be the only moment we’ll share with some of the world’s most creative. 

Here in the Antipodes our very own New Zealand Fashion Week is underway and in celebration of both fashion and fragrance I hit the beauty counters this week to capture a whiff of spring.

It was love at first spray with… 

Marc Jacobs Dot…  This guy is seriously cool and his latest fragrance, brings his obessesion with this season’s hot dot, to the masses . If you are fan of Lola then you will love the man’s version of a dotty ladybird landing on a flower. The bottle could take centre stage but the fragrance, a  blend of honeysuckle, vanilla, musk and jasmine still remains the star.

L’Eau de Chloe… With it’s soft green trademark bow and light green tint, I spritzed L’Eau de Chloe on a wet and windy morning and it was instant love – light and modern, it took me back to a time of innocence of ages past –  hallelujah to spring.

L.I.L.Y by Stella McCartney … Epitomising Brit cool, everything Stella touches turns to gold (we will forgive her the GB Olympic uniform!) and this lily of the valley inspired perfume, dedicated to her late mother Linda, is no exception. Described as like taking a romp through a spring field and arriving much later in a mossy forest, for this writer my journey of the senses lasted throughout the day. My Christmas wish-list just got bigger!!

Pleats Please by Issey Miyake … Paying homage to this Japanese designers runaway “Pleats Please”  success,  this combo of some of my favourite fruits and flowers, nashi, peony, sweet pea, vanilla and patchouli made for me an OMG moment – take a bow Mr Miyake.

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia…Loving both gardenia and frangipani in equal amounts, I didn’t need much enticing to wear this for a day.  Add a dollop of berry, pear and brown sugar and spring is looking blooming good.