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Dior and World Duty Free Group are celebrating the launch of Miss Dior eau de toilette in the UK with a special promotional area in the retailer’s store at London Heathrow airport terminal 5. The in-store event space features a sculpture shaped like an oversize fragrance bottle blooming with thousands of handmade pink silk roses (one of two that exist worldwide).
The promotional zone is also showcasing a video directed by Sofia Coppola and featuring Hollywood actress Natalie Portman, La Vie en Rose, on its “contentainment” screen to allow customers to “immerse themselves in the world of Dior Heritage and experience the fragrance for themselves”, World Duty Free said.
The scent itself is described by Dior as a modern chypre with a top note of Tunisian neroli oil, a heart that mixes Bulgarian and Turkish rose and Indonesian patchouli in the base. Dior has also launched a new Miss Dior eau de parfum bath and body range comprising body milk, shower gel, deodorant and and edp soap, the latter exclusive to the UK.
Last month Giorgio Armani renovated its counter at London Heathrow terminal 5, making it even more luxurious and incorporating some of its more recent concepts, such as an Armani/Privé wall for its top-of-the-range fragrances, a makeup bar with a double consultation area, a new perfume bar and renovated staging towers.
As if to celebrate the refit, the brand brings to Heathrow T5 an exclusive limited edition: Armani Crystal Edition, a reinterpretation of the bottle created by Giorgio Armani in 1982 for his first scent as part of the 30th anniversary of the fragrance.
Like the original, Armani Crystal Edition is inspired by Art Deco geometric patterns but, instead of the original glass bottle, is made of a block of crystal hand-sculpted in Saint Louis. Only 100 numbered pieces have been created, and two of them – bottles nº3 and nº8 – will be on sale at T5 from today. According to the brand, Armani Crystal Edition is exclusive to World Duty Free in travel-retail and also in UK in 2012.
I don’t know how much they cost but can assure you they won’t be cheap! In the meantime, here are a couple of lovely pictures of the new Armani counter at Heathrow T5 – click on them for larger versions.
When passing through London Heathrow airport terminal 5 recently I noticed that the current pop-up shop alongside the main duty-free shop in the terminal is a Chanel perfume showcase. The temporary space is located just beside the confectionery area of the World Duty Free store and offers a chance to experience the Chanel fragrance world, including the limited-distribution range Les Exclusifs de Chanel.
It’s not a large outlet but it seems well-stocked, with a wide selection of fragrances from Chanel’s regular line and a counter/table dedicated to Les Exclusifs, where customers can learn more about the higher-end scent range and find out which ones they would like based on their personal preferences.
I have no details as to how long the pop-up shop will remain at Heathrow T5, but usually these things stick around for at least three months. Keep that in mind if you’re going through the terminal soon!
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Japanese brand Shiseido has been getting better and better since Dick Page joined the company as artistic director in 2007, and one of the winners in their revamped makeup range is the Perfect Rouge lipstick collection.
In duty-free, these are available as a special travel set. The Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio includes three individually-packaged shades from the Perfect Rouge selection: RD305 (Salon), RS306 (Titian) and PK303 (Pink Mesa). All three are flattering colours that should suit different skintones, and the formula is moisturising and long-lasting on me.
The set retails for £44.80 (roughly $70) in World Duty Free stores in the UK – I purchased mine at the Heathrow terminal 5 shop. It’s a great deal considering each of them costs £21.50 in the local UK market, and I love every single one of them. In the US they are cheaper ($25 each) and a bit of internet sleuthing will reveal you can purchase the set cheaper at other travel-retail locations around the world.
As usual, click on the pictures for larger versions. All photos were taken in indirect natural light on a cloudy day in Hamburg.
Despite not being as widely-known as other brands, Givenchy also does travel-retail exclusives, and this is one of them. Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves is a travel palette containing the basic things you might need on the go – blush, lipstick, eyeshadow, eye liner and powder/highlighter.
The eyeshadows belong to the Le Prisme Yeux range and come in four shades: Showy Black (01), New Look Mauve (02), Smart Nude (10) and Designer White (16). The blush quad – Le Prisme Blush – comes with four complimentary shades (peach, baby pink, rosy pink and raspberry) that can be used individually or swirled together for an overall glow. The lip shades belong to the Rouge Interdit formula of sheer, satiny lipsticks, in this case Enchanting Beige (02) and Rose Desire (11). Finally, the powder – Le Prisme Visage (Mat) in Pink Velvet (87) also brings coordinating shades designed to work as one.
This palette comes in a sturdy, luxurious compact and is certainly an interesting addition to a frequent traveller’s repertoire. My only gripe are the lip colours, which are a bit too sheer for my taste. However, if you are a fan of more discreet shades you will certainly find these lipsticks a welcome feature of the palette.
I purchased the Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves compact at London Heathrow airport for £35.25 (roughly $55 in today’s rates), which I think is a pretty decent price. What do you reckon? Click on the pictures for larger versions – all shots were taken in natural light.
Yves Saint Laurent and World Duty Free have partnered to launch the YSL Ruge Pur Couture Glossy Stain range exclusively at London Heathrow airport terminal 5 this month. Until February 11, the new lipstick collection will not be available at any other European airport, and a promotional display has been installed within the retailer’s Heathrow T5 store.
The display includes interactive screens where travellers can create works of art and upload them to Facebook, sharing their artistic endeavours with their friends. YSL makeup artists are also on hand to offer makeovers and advice to passengers.
I will be travelling through the airport soon and shall report back after visiting the display in person!
If any of you are travelling through London Heathrow airport’s terminal 5 over the next few days, don’t forget to check the main World Duty Free shop for the latest offering from Jo Malone. The brand is hosting a tea-inspired event to introduce its new Jo Malone Tea Fragrance Blends Collection to travellers – customers have the chance to get a complimentary hand and arm massage while enjoying an iced tea cocktail made by mixologists on the spot.
Jo Malone has created a special cocktail boutique within the store, where you can also buy the five fragrances in the collection that have inspired the cocktails on offer. The promotion will run until March 22, from 7am to 7pm daily.
Although this is not exactly breaking news, Paco Rabanne has recently launched a new ladies’ fragrance, Lady Million, inspired by the success of men’s scent 1 Million. London Heathrow airport’s retail operator World Duty Free hosted the global launch for the perfume earlier this year, and as part of the promotional efforts the retailer and the brand joined forces to create a pop-up store dedicated to the Paco Rabanne world.
The 32sq m outlet is still open and I managed to get a good glimpse of it while going through London Heathrow airport terminal 3 earlier this month. The shop offers the brand’s fragrances, watches and sunglasses and an engraving service for customers to customise their fragrance bottles in-store. A display with original Paco Rabanne dresses worth over €35,000 (more than $45,000) is also available.
Lady Million is now widely available in duty-free shops around Europe and should roll out to other regions soon, in case anyone’s looking to try out or purchase the fragrance.