Thursday, 30 January 2014

'Dolce' Dolce and Gabbana's Spring Perfume! Xx

Dolce and Gabbana are launching a Brand New Perfume
in time for Valentine's Day.
Exclusive to Harrods from 5th February, it really is the most beautiful
and mesmerising Fragrance I have had a chance to encounter
in a long time.  It is a total bonus that the bottle
and packaging are completely magical.

The sample of Dolce came in the Post today and I was amazed.

 I lifted the lid and inside like a jack-in-the-box
opened out a dreamy vintage miniature dressing table
complete with hinged mirrors framing the beautiful bottle
 with flower stopper, and grosgrain bow.

Apparently the mirror is a copy of the antique mirror
that hangs in the tailor shop of Domenico’s father in Polizzi Generosa, 
near Palermo, and that today is in the Designers’ office, 

“The nobility of the soul, the elegance of every day gestures, 
the joy of sharing from generation to generation, 
and the effortless perfection of a single white flower.
 This is the picture of Sicily that I carry within me, 
and the one captured in this delicate fragrance,” says Domenico Dolce.

Dolce is a contemporary fragrance inspired by a memory. 
The originality is not just in the way it was created, 
using traditional essences and other brand-new ingredients, 
but also because it is the translation into fragrance 
of a young new love that will, by virtue of its innocence,
 retain its youthful vitality,” adds Stefano Gabbana.

The Fragrance is a feminine and fresh White Floral
defined by the White Amaryllis, 
a South African flower used for the first time ever in scent.

The top notes are Neroli leaves and Papaya Flower,
The Heart Notes White Amaryllis, 
White Water Lily and White Daffodil
and the Base notes are of Cameran, 
 Sandalwood and Spicy Musks

For the creation of Dolce, the rich, fulsome notes of the White Amaryllis 
were created using “Headspace Technology” which captures the exact 
scent of the flower when it is in full bloom without 
having to cut it and grind the petals to extract the essential oil.

This is a special species of White Amaryllis 
which grows solely in the Fynbos region of 
South Africa and has a rich and generous odour, 
where other White Amaryllis found elsewhere do not.

The name has poetic roots and originates from 
the Greek word “amarysso”, meaning: “I give light”. 
It has wide, trumpet blooms. The buds grow 
at different speeds so each will have a different
 intensity of scent 
Dolce blends this into a fragrance for the very first time.

The bottle is a thick clear curved flacon holding
the pale crisp green fragrance
with a flower stopper

which pays tribute to the marzipan sculptures seen in 
traditional Sicilian confectioners. 
 The petals fan out in three rows, with colours graduating 
from milky-white, through to cream, and soft pink at the centre.

There is a thin black grosgrain ribbon at
the neck of the bottle.

The pale cream box feels like smooth fine leather
 and 'Dolce' is signed in a flourish of black script, a replica 
of Domenico Dolce’s father’s own signature. 
It is underscored by the Dolce and Gabbana 
logo and thin black grosgrain ribbon.
Kate King stars in the print advertising shot by Domenico Dolce 
 working alongside Stefano Gabbana as Creative Director.
 Kate looks like a modern day Angelica - Claudia Cardinale woken from sleep
in a walled garden of white flowers in a Sicilian Stately Home.

Dolce and Gabbana were inspired by Visconti's Legendary 1963 Film
(Originally Il Gattopardo the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
published in 1958)
The Leopard starring Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon
Take a look at this film on You Tube
of Angelica and Tancredi in the Leopard.
You couldn't get much more Romantic for Valentine's! Xx

Above: Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon in the Leopard
 Above Kate King in
 Dolce and Gabbana Jewellery ads

“Kate’s penetrating eyes are highly-charged, 
yet tender and innocent too, and in her gaze 
you see the spirit of Sicilian girls, the character 
of Angelica from The Leopard, whose candour
 and modern style managed to shake up Tancredi’s 
ancient world,” say Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Featuring dialogues in the Sicilian vernacular and 
scenes played out to an original soundtrack written by Ennio Morricone, 
the Film campaign is Directed by  Academy Award-winning 
Giuseppe Tornatore who has created a living tableau of Sicilian country life 
at a very special time of year for the village: the lemon harvest.

“Making a film for Dolce and Gabbana is not like making
 any ordinary commercial. Stefano and Domenico don’t 
give you a storyline, they give you a feeling: they asked 
me to recreate an atmosphere of delicate seduction 
and a sense of courtesy. This is how the Dolce campaign 
came to life, as the story of a courtship, of love and 
great strength, a tale of great Sicilian ebullience,”
 says Giuseppe Tornatore.

The campaign is set in the lemon tree grove of an 18th century Palazzo, 
Villa Eleonora Nicolaci di Villadorata, 
located just outside Noto and considered 
one of the most beautiful country 
residences in the province of Syracuse. 
Here a throng of merry workers go about the lemon harvest, as 
the young, aristocratic Kate King looks out of the 
palazzo before joining the farmhands, effortlessly 
beautiful with her dark hair pulled back and 
wearing a white lace dress. One of the workers, 
played by Brenno Placido, spies her from afar. 
Immediately infatuated, he climbs a tree to pick
 a flower which he gives to a small child to take 
to the object of his affection. The little girl 
passes it to a boy, who delivers it to Kate with 
a gentle kiss on the cheek. The two young
 lovers speak only with their eyes, they touch 
only through the gestures of the children. 
It is the start of a sweet and innocent courtship.

 Forever Dolce.

Dolce Dolce and Gabbana:
Eau de Parfum 30ml £45 Eau de Parfum 50ml £62 
Eau de Parfum 75ml £73 Perfumed Body Lotion 200ml

Moisturizing Perfumed Shower Gel 200ml

Available exclusively at Harrods and 
from 5th February and nationwide from 6th March. 

Until next time J Xx

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