Chic time

This season's offerings take their inspiration from a wide range of sources through the annals of history, writes Karen Fong

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 12:44am


Autumn is all about confidence and a sense of style, and this season's new fragrances aim to capture every aspect of a woman's personality - from flirty and fun to passionate and mysterious.

Chic and cheerful, Issey Miyake's Pleats Please is a fruity, vibrant scent celebrating the brand's dance-inspired fashion line. The new fragrance balances an intense floral bouquet with smooth woody notes while patchouli, cedar and vanilla add freshness and comfort.

Lancôme's La Vie est Belle mixes richness, freshness and playfulness with 63 ingredients, including rare Iris pallida from Florence, Indonesian patchouli and orange blossom. Its 1949 "crystal smile" bottle has been updated.

For the more daring, Coco Noir by Chanel is a luxurious, heavy scent featuring sandalwood, vetiver, frankincense, patchouli and vanilla. A hint of spiciness comes from pink peppercorns and fresh grapefruit, while jasmine, rose and narcissus lend the scent a romantic flourish.

For autumn's glamour girl, Gucci Première takes its inspiration from the brand's couture gowns that debuted at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Top notes of orange blossom and bergamot recall the effervescence of Champagne, while a base of creamy balsamic woods and smoky leather adds to the appeal.

Yves Saint Laurent's La Collection showcases eight fragrances from the brand's back catalogues. In Love Again combines blackcurrant and mandarin for a sharp sweetness, with green, fruity and almost bittersweet notes of muscat grape. Rose and peony add a floral sweetness, while a musky base of blackberry seals the deal.

A scent that brings to mind the sweetness of youth, Jo Malone's Blackberry & Bay is a burst of tart blackberry infused with grapefruit and delicate spring flowers over a base of vetiver and cedar wood. Bay lends the scent freshness while maintaining its femininity.

For Parisian chic, Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire explores the aromas of black cherry, bergamot, red berries and almond. Originally a limited-edition scent created in 2009, the relaunch is well-suited to autumn with dusky scents of Bulgarian and Turkish roses combined with licorice and smoked black tea.

Versace Yellow Diamond recalls the summer sunshine. Sparkling notes of bergamot and neroli combine with citron and pear. At its heart is orange blossom, freesia, mimosa and floral water lily while a base of amber, musk and guaiac wood centres the fragrance.






Issey Miyake Pleats Please










Yves Saint Laurent In Love Again











Chanel Coco Noir










Gucci Première










Versace Yellow Diamond










Lancôme La Vie Est Belle










Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire