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B.Balenciaga

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How does perfume emerge into the world? I recently tried Balenciaga’s newest creation by creative director Alexander Wang, called B.Balenciaga. The frosted bottle reminded me of a block of ice, perhaps a place where all creative ideas are frozen and then as they emerge into fruition begin to melt away, slowly, as ice turns into liquid.

As winter descends upon us I look forward to the spring, the thawing of ideas, the emergence of beautiful florals and that mossiness of the forest damp from the melting snow. But until then, I’ll take this scent made for women like me: romantic and modern, delicate as a flower and as strong as ice.

PS-  peek behind the scenes of this cinemagraph

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Keith Haring + DKNY

I shoot a lot of amazing things for DKNY, from Fashion Week to new products, along with being one of their “Core Girls”. This was a really fun shoot we did at Ann Street Studio to celebrate their new fragrance for DKNY’s Be Delicious Art Collection inspired by Keith Haring. Like most New Yorkers, I think of Keith Haring as such a true New York artist. He was inspired by the city, used the city as his canvas and through that, found a unique and powerful voice. It makes sense that someone whose art was full of energy and color and so closely tied to New York would, even years after his death, find a collaboration in DKNY, such an energetic New York brand.

We took inspiration from them both, painting a mural in Haring’s style at the studio, keeping it simple and graphic, her red lips evoking his famous red heart and letting our model be young and free and a tad 80s inspired. We even drew from another famous New York City moment you might recall with Marilyn Monroe…

A celebration of art, youth, and all things New York in head to toe DKNY!

Featuring the artist’s iconic images the new DKNY Golden Delicious Art, Fresh Blossom Art and Be Delicious Art Inspired by Keith Haring feature a twist on each of the original scents.

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The smells of Florence

When you walk into the Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, a beautiful scent wafts in the air, one that hasn’t changed in hundreds of years… Everything made here is an all natural, hand-crafted work of olfactory art, instructed by aged artisanal recipes.

For myself, I chose Tabacco Toscano, a light tobacco-scented perfume with touches of vanilla and amber. It’s the most popular scent among Florentines, and you know… when in Florence, smells as the Florentines do!

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Be Delicious

DKNY Be Delicious

Perfume is such a personal signature. I love how I can pass a stranger on the street and they smell like my first boyfriend, or when someone is wearing my college perfume and all of a sudden I’m taken back to that time in my life and I can remember things so vividly. My wedding day perfume, which I wore throughout our honeymoon, instantly takes me back to that day whenever I put it on now for romantic occasions. I love that: being able to remember a feeling, a moment, a time in my life just through the delicacy of scent.

By now you know my affection and long-term creative relationship with DKNY. I was looking at the Be Delicious bottle at the studio and I thought it could be fun to show visually the beauty of perfume… the way the glossy liquid swirls and how the light dances. If you know DKNY’s Be Delicious you know its main note is apple, fittingly so since DKNY is all about the BIG APPLE (see all the references now?). I love the opportunity Cinemagraphs give us to make things come to life and celebrate beauty even in small ways.

What is your favorite perfume? Do you change what you wear depending on the weather, your mood, your style that day, or where you are traveling to? Should you have one scent forever or should it change as we change in the course of life?



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