Posts Tagged ‘Cologne’

Scent & Aftershave

Fantastic Man cologne: we get a sniff

By Colin Chapman on May 8th, 2009

Fantastic_Man_Cologne.jpgI reported on Fantastic Man‘s collaboration with Swedish perfumer Byredo back in March, and thanks to Isabelle, I’ve now got my hands on it. The packaging is predictably gorgeous: minimalist white with black details and a very old-school paper seal that establishes the feeling you are receiving something really special. It’s the fragrance equivalent of opening a product by Apple.

Having had 24 hours to spray, dab and generally test the olfactory sensitivities of friends and family, I can report that: I love it! Initially a little floral, over time its the Patchouli note that comes out strongest, softened by powdery Bergamot and peppery Cardamom. Rather than reminding you of an afternoon at Camden Market, the Patchouli effect is one of well-travelled luxury, in a bohemian, Ibiza in the ’70s way (think louche movie Savage Grace). A perfect fragrance then for summer.

Keep your eyes peeled for availability in stores, or buy online here.



Scent & Aftershave

Fantastic Man X Byredo, the new scent for summer?

By Colin Chapman on March 19th, 2009

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As if creating an amazing magazine wasn’t enough, the talented team behind Dutch-based Fantastic Man have teamed up with Swedish scent makers Byredo to release their own self-named cologne. The scent was launched exclusively at Colette in Paris on March 9th. It’s debatable whether the cologne could ever smell as delicious as the magazine itself (or is that just me?) which is printed on the most sublime high-grade paper although given the impeccable taste of the magazine expectations are high.

The all star roll call of ingredients (or should that be ‘notes’ in parfumier speak?) certainly sounds promising: Bergamot, Star Anise, Cardamom, Geranium, Incense, Lavender, Vetyver, Moss and Patchouli. I’m taking bets that Dover Street Market will be the London stockists being the nearest thing we have to Colette. Keep your eyes peeled and nostrils, um, flared?

Stopping over in Paris on the way back from my hols, I paid a visit to Colette and excitingly had a quick sniff; it’s a great clean citrus smell perfectly balanced with musk. Can’t wait to have a proper smell when it reaches our British shores! -Ed.



Scent & Aftershave

Burberry fragrance for men- like rubbing Phillip Schofield all over

By Jonathan Smith on February 20th, 2009

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Firstly let me confess my prejudices: I freaking love Burberry. I love Burberry for it’s class and excellence but more than that I love Burberry for its brash and obnoxious reputation bestowed upon it by council estates across the nation. No other brand can you wear and say with equal validity “I’m 1st class on Eurostar to Paris at 8:55 so get me on my Blackberry.” and “You look at Stacey again ‘n I’ll smash your fuckin’ head in!” Which is why I went off the radar with excitement when Isabelle told me she was calling in Burberry for men for me to test drive.

For the sake of this post I will not be suspending my prejudice but will be practically encouraging it. This disclaimed please jump through and get yer eyes round this review chock full of angels vaginas and teenage pregnancy- because you’ll never guess how I shoe horned those into this write up…

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Grooming, Video

Gabe and Max are my grooming heroes

By admin on December 19th, 2008


I would want nothing more for Christmas than to be gently woken up by these two guys handing me a steaming mug of tea as they pick out my outfit. I could happily trot off to the shower knowing they were planning my clothes, hairstyle and make up for the day. Check out this video where they showcase their styling genius, mm hairgel.

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

P.Diddy in October issue of L’Uomo Vogue- Opinions?

By Will Reid on October 10th, 2008

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P. Diddy has graced the cover of L’Uomo Vogue‘s latest issue and I’m not sure what to think. Not someone who I associate with great style or fashion prowess (despite the cologne and menswear line,) Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs looks a bit naff in my opinion.

But hey, at least he’s lost the suNglasses for once! Tell us what you think by e-mailing isabelle@shinymedia.com

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Grooming

Essence by Porsche Design

By admin on October 7th, 2008

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Kiss and Makeup get James Moody, their USA metrosexual to give his thoughts on Porsche’s foray into the fragrance market.

Essence by Porsche Design is a successful parlay into fragrance by the car manufacturer parent group. This cologne manages a duality of being remarkably fresh and sophisticated at the same time. Many colognes with a cool scent lack any substance and are tacky. This cologne impressed and is appropriate for any occasion exactly because its both clean and organic at the same time. It is sexy.

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Givenchy persuades Justin Timberlake to wear fragrance

By admin on August 1st, 2008

justin timberlake givenchy play.jpgJustin Timberlake is abandoning his decade-old au naturel smell to become the face of new Givenchy scent ‘Play’. The singer was reluctant to smell of anything other than eau de Justin until Givenchy persuaded him that he would enjoy wearing the fragrance.

Timberlake told GQ: “First of all, I haven’t worn cologne in 10 years, since the days when I’d drench myself, until I realised I didn’t want to smell like something else, I wanted to smell like myself.

So when Givenchy approached me, I said, ‘I gotta be honest, I don’t wear a fragrance. If you can get me to wear it, it’s gonna have to be good. If you can win over a guy who doesn’t wear fragrances, it’ll be something fresh.”

[Source: Haute Concept Image: Sipa Press/Rex Features]



Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Grooming, Heroes and Celebrities

Jude Law’s Photoshop Job for Dior Homme Sport!

By Will Reid on July 23rd, 2008

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Perez Hilton has got his hands on an image from the heavily anticipated Jude Law for Dior Homme Sport campaign. Hilton complains of the blatant photoshop-job surrounding Jude’s sudden wealth of hair, hence the equally blatant ‘FAKE’ scrawled across the image in trademark Perez style!

JustJared reports that Jude was shot by Australian photographer Daniel Askill in May, on location in the Bahamas. Askill says of the fragrance campaign; “it was hard for me to decide whether to take it on because I had directed an ad for Dior before with Hedi [Slimane], it was one of the last major projects before he left, so it was a very tumultuous time.”

Keep reading for more details and backstage (behind the camera?) gossip!

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight

COS in Monocle magazine

By admin on April 17th, 2008

cossuit.jpgNow that COS is a success, with three more stores set to open this year, it’s nice to look back on what they wanted to achieve and whether they did so. Thankfully, this Monocle.com video allows you to do just that. For those who haven’t read Monocle magazine, it’s basically an international current affairs magazine with a website that has clearly been designed with the magazine, not as an afterthought.

With stores springing up in Paris, Cologne and a mystery location, it’s safe to say that COS has been a cult hit. If the store carries on in this manner, other high street brands may try to get in on the act, which can only be a good thing.



Grooming, Top Five

Top Five: New Male Scents

By Will Reid on March 31st, 2008

Thumbnail image for bergdorfsign.jpgLike tax and death, scent is one of life’s fickle promises. I have just returned from a trip to New York and I couldn’t help but notice how great everyone smelt (not in some strange Charlie’s Angels hair-sniffer way.) In the returning yellow cab to JFK, my week in the Big Apple flashed before my eyes as a flurry of smiling sales associates and the now dog-eared sample cards currently resonating through my conscience (and bedroom!) Whether you have a Grenouille like nose or are suspiciously blind to the sweet smell of- well smell, ‘cologne’ (or ‘scent’) is something that you need to be firmly acquainted with. The men’s fragrance market (and the cosmetics market in general) seems to be growing at the moment and there is an unbelievably wide range of scents from all the biggest designers. No longer does a few looks in a women’s show represent our male input in the industry but instead we are welcoming the right for men to truly express themselves through fashion and fragrance.

The following list is a collection of the sweetest scents on the market right now (in no particular order.)

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Grooming, Heroes and Celebrities, News

Update: Ewan McGregor for Davidoff

By Will Reid on February 26th, 2008

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A few weeks ago, I posted on the first pics from Ewan McGregor’s campaign for Davidoff’s ‘Adventure’ fragrance. So when this TV advert rudely interrupted my usual Sunday morning T4 routine, I was surprised to realise what it was. Unlike most luxury label adverts, this little film is subtle, succinct and pretty spectacular. It focuses around McGregor’s monologue on the usual blend of journey, travel, enlightenment and charitable experience but it is the stunning visuals which draws the viewer in.

I am beginning to think that this may be a trend in advertising; look at Louis Vuitton’s latest TV feature with wide-eyed travellers roaming the world in LV-labelled luggage. As I said before, McGregor is a relatable star and a man’s man- he’s not airbrushed or entourage-followed and this campaign only furthers my belief in Davidoff’s reinvention as a modern brand for the modern male.

See after the jump for Ewan’s latest televisual adventure (see what I did there?!)

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Heroes and Celebrities

Ewan McGregor for Davidoff ‘Adventure.’

By Will Reid on February 11th, 2008

Davidoff20adventure_2 The first images of Ewan McGregor for Davidoff have managed to sneak their way onto my computer screen and so far they look very promising- and very Ewan. The nomadic scarf and excess facial hair along with that motorbike hovering in the background are pure ‘Long Way Down’ and prefect for the new fragrance, ‘Adventure.’ Ewan, a celebrity who has tried to escape the limelight, suprised some by agreeing to star in the fragrance campaign but he says that "the concept of the films for Adventure was about a guy travelling on a motorcycle and that seemed to be right". No doubt the choice of Ewan as model will boost sales and attract the attention of both those looking for a hero and a heart-throb.

Click here to see the Davidoff Adventure video featuring Ewan McGregor.




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