Samples of Lady Gaga's perfume are being sent to beauty editors at top magazines as we speak, people. Gaga's people call the scent, named Fame, "a fantastic innovation of patent-pending fluid technology" in a press release. "Lady Gaga Fame is the first ever black eau de parfum that sprays clear and becomes invisible once airborne":
The innovations in Lady Gaga Fame go beyond the black-to-clear fluid: The olfactory structure itself is also very rare for the fragrance industry. Traditionally, perfumes have a pyramidal structure - a hierarchy of sorts with top, middle and base notes. This fragrance, on the other hand, has a unique structure called the "push-pull" technology, where the ingredients interact together to highlight different olfactive aspects of each note at the same time, without any hierarchy. All of the notes were crated [sic] to work together harmoniously thanks to the complimentary properties of each ingredient, which allow for a true metamorphosis of the scent when worn on skin.
The scent is built around three main accords: dark, sensual, and light. The dark accord was inspired by Belladonna, the deadly nightshade possessed by haunted beauties since the 18th century. From this darkness, the fragrance evolves to a sensual accord of opulence, a fusion of dripping honey, saffron, and apricot nectar. And lastly, the light accord whispers magnificence. The rich floral layer of crushed tiger orchid & jasmine sambac embodies timeless beauty. The accords work together to create a fragrance of floral and fruity elements, with the star ingredient inspired by Belladonna leveling out the whole fragrance and giving Lady Gaga Fame its signature as a scent.
At long last: a geometric perfume. [Official Site]
The editor of Flare magazine, Lisa Tant, was the person who leaked embargoed information about Lady Gaga's perfume and broke news by Tweeting this kind of crappy photo of the bottle, leading Gaga to officially release high-res images. [TL, @LadyGaga]
Kim Kardashian's L'Uomo Vogue cover and spread is out. According to Franca Sozzani's story, Kim talked about her relationship with Kanye, in the context of explaining why she doesn't want to talk about her relationship with Kanye — a workaround that gets both of their names into a soundbite while ostensibly trying to play up their "privacy." She was asked what bothered her about being famous:
"Lack of privacy. Everyone is always watching me, I'm under constant observation, everywhere I go there's a camera following me, in the gym, when I do the shopping, and if I decide to go out without make-up it makes news throughout the world. This is why I don't want to reveal anything about my relationship with Kanye. In the past I suffered a lot because of my honesty, and when it didn't work I was criticized and treated badly: I can only say that now, with him, I'm happy."
Hermès makes expensive handbags, which is apparently news to the good people of The Life Files. [TLF]
Meanwhile, Kate Bosworth is designing handbags. They look like this. [WWD]
It sounds like Visionaire's special Rio de Janeiro issue is incredible:
Visionaire 62 Rio comes cased in a 3D lenticular box designed by the Campana Braothers, and features a series of 3D images that include the ultimate sambadrome by 3D video artist Marco Brambilla, Adriana Lima on the famed Copacabana sidewalk by painter Richard Phillips, Gisele nude by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Lea T by artist Maurizio Cattelan with Pierpaolo Ferrari, and more images by Karl Lagerfeld, Marilyn Minter, Sølve Sundsbø, Vik Muniz, Adriana Varejão, Rimon Guimarães, Barrão, and Eli Sudbrack.
Dolce & Gabbana talked about their new collection of clothing for children up to age 10. "We interviewed all the mothers because the collection must be practical," explained Domenico Dolce, who like Stefano Gabbana has no children. "We learned a lot, plenty of details. For example, it's better to have sleeveless onesies and freedom of movement — kids don't want to feel too constricted," [WWD]
You can now buy a graphite sculpture of a hand giving the finger at select Marc Jacobs stores. It writes. [High Snobiety]
- Last night, Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour held their $40,000-a-plate fundraising dinner for Obama at the actress's home in New York. Among the 50 guests were Aretha Franklin, Meryl Streep, Solange Knowles, Olivia Wilde, Michael Kors, Andy Cohen, Georgina Chapman, and Chanel Iman. Page Six is reporting that Wintour redecorated SJP's place for the event. "Some of the stuff in the house was shabby chic, and let's just say, Anna wanted less shabby, and more chic," says a "source." [P6]
- Says the Hollywood Reporter:
In his remarks, Obama criticized the Republican presidential campaign ads, which he said argue that Americans are frustrated and discouraged and that "it's the fault of the guy in the White House. It's an elegant message; it happens to be wrong. But it's crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker."
- As for who won the dinner-with-Obama sweepstakes that had former TV host Glenn Beck so incensed? The lucky woman was Robin Hunt of Baltimore, who brought her mother, Elvita. [NBC]
- A Vogue Italia music writer went to a Madonna concert and wrote some unusually honest things about it. Including calling the singer out for lip-syncing, starting late and not giving an encore, and being less generous to her fans than Lady Gaga. And then there's this:
Huge, spectacular, often slightly tacky, obvously expensive, it feels like a very long Glee fantasy sequence crossed with a particularly lavish Eurovision Song Contest performance, with better songs and a lot less humour.
- Congratulations to Leandra Medine of the blog Man Repeller. Medine — who is not very repellent in real life — got married in a Marchesa dress she bought off the rack. Women's Wear Daily reports:
She described the dress as a longer version of the one Miranda Kerr wore to the Met Ball last year. It has one-shoulder and it's all tulle.
"It's tight on top and then it explodes at the bottom," she added.
A few wedding day extras: Rebecca Minkoff designed a white satin motorcycle jacket and Lyndsey Butler created a white leather vest. This might be the only information Medine provides about her wedding day look. She hasn't decided whether it will appear on the blog.
- Speaking of weddings, Nanette Lepore bought her 1940s lace wedding dress at the Salvation Army for $45. [Racked]
- H&M's sales rose by 12% year-on-year, to $5.4 billion, during the quarter just ended. [WWD]
- And now, a moment with Swedish male model Hampus Lück. Hampus, tell us how you booked an Yves Saint Laurent commercial?
"I walked in there, and there were five people, talking to me like, "Okay, so you, go in front of the camera. Do you know acting?" And I said, "Absolutely not. I've never done that in my life." So, they were like, "Get your shirt off and go down to the floor." And I was like "What?" And it was kind of a dodgy studio, and I checked the address again, and I was at the right place. They talked to me while videotaping me, like, just dirty talk to me — and then it made me upset. But when I told my agent, she just laughed and told me I got tricked into being a good actor … And then I got the commercial, and I still didn't know what it was for — it was just a driver coming to pick me up. And I came to the biggest studio I've ever seen, and I met Jean-Baptiste Mondino again, so I got off with the clothes and jumped into bed with this amazing-looking woman."