Nicole Miller is an American fashion designer who earned a degree in fine art from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also learned how to drape ad master the classical techniques of Couture from the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Her celebrity following includes some of the most chic women today: Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Lauren Hutton, Joss Stone, Felicity Huffman, and Alicia Keys, to name a few.
Now everyone can enjoy Nicole Miller’s designs, with a new fragrance: Nicolle Miller Eau de Parfum. The designer partnered with Parlux Fragrances, Inc. to create a scent the designer describes as: sexy, vibrant, feminine and memorable” for a woman who is: “smart and confident. She’s a lot of fun, a high energy personality, warm, engaging with that special spark. She loves to let people know she is there; she is someone people are attracted to and remember.”
One look at the shiny, gold, outer packaging embossed with a bold, Celtic design along the sides, and I knew I was going to find something rare and special, inside.
I wasn’t disappointed.
The fragrance is distinctive, lovely, and a welcome departure from the fruity florals and girly gourmands we’ve been seeing (actually, smelling) in the past. It’s spicy and energizing. You can smell the feminine part of this rich “floriental” but it also has discernable, masculine, woodsy notes that make it exceedingly warm and sexy. The top notes are a blend of cassis sorbet, bright orange and clean aldehydes. The heart floral and feminine,including yellow gardenia, exotic ylang ylang, orange flower and hints of violet leaves. But the bottom notes are strong and sensual, mixing well with the fruit and floral notes to make it rich, spicy and warm. They include: rich black patchouli and oakmoss enveloped in textural white cedarwood and amber. It’s the kind of enticing fragrance that you smell at first, and then immediately have to urge to go back for another sniff right away to literally “drink it all in.” But once drydown occurs, some of the floral comes back up, especially the powdery, violet leaves. The fragrance lingers on your skin, and changes with your body chemistry. It lasts, and it’s lovely.
And I can’t say enough about the bottle. It’s gorgeous, as you can see for yourself from the photo. Most people purchase fragrance not just for the scent, but for the visual pleasure applying it also provides. Nicole Miller will delight you in every way. The bottle was inspired by classic French shapes, and reminds me of the grand, dressing table flacons women displayed on their art-deco dressing tables in the 20’s and 30’s. the shape, to me, looks like an angel with outstretched wings. A large, ribbed, coppery ball forms the “head” over the spray diffuser. The press literature says that it is actually bronze toned, but on my bottle it looks more ambery-copper than bronze. The amber-colored juice inside is highlighted by coppery/bronze-tone embellishment on the front: a long, rectangular, metal Celtic knot design inspired by Miller’s apparel. The effect of the bottle, like the fragrance, is a feminine but powerful look designed for a confident, bold, chic woman who knows her own style.
The Nicole Miller fragrance collection, which just launched in late April, includes Eau de Parfum as well as bath and body products for women, is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicole Miller boutiques throughout the United States. Price points include Eau de Parfum Sprays at $65 for 1.7 fl. oz. and $80 for 3.4 fl. oz; Shower Crème at $35 for 5 fl. oz.; Body Lotion at $45 for 5 fl. oz. and a Body Crème at $60 for 6.7 fl. oz. Your mom will love this for her special Mother’s day gift, but you will love it “just because.”
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