Words: Lauren Quinn
There was lots to celebrate this LFW. All eyes were on Victoria Beckham’s 10th Anniversary show, it was the first year fur was banned from the catwalks and we discovered Millie Mackintosh's sparkling gold gown at the Julien Macdonald show (need).
But as a perfume fanatic, I love watching new trends emerge (yep, even the bonkers ones) and every year I realise more that fragrance and fashion are far closer than you think.
Take Richard Malone’s SS19 catwalk show, for example. The vibe? Skirts with tassels, power shoulder jackets and fruity shades of lime and banana. His muse was women, who he referred to as ‘champions’. It was all about femininity and freedom, much like the new Calvin Klein Women (made by women, for women), which follows the same theme. The new scent is a powerful blend of orange flower, eucalyptus cone and cedar- oh and Lupita Nyong’o and Saoirse Ronan are the faces of the campaign. Watch out fragrance world, I predict a feminist riot for 2019.
Meanwhile, at the J.W.Anderson show, the spotlight was on androgynous clothes. We saw wide-legged trousers with knee pads, sailor-themed bandanas and cowboy boots. And the bold, unisex trend is nothing new for fragrance – but I’m sure it’s going to get even bigger next year. Of course, no-gender scents like Tom Ford Black Orchid and Calvin Klein CK One are old news, but now celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon - and there's no sign of it slowing down.
Singer, Shawn Mendes, has just launched Signature II, a fragrance for men and women, following the success of the original Signature in 2017. The updated version features notes of pear, ginger oil and apricot blossoms – and the lid even resembles guitar strings (for all you fans out there).
And then there was Victoria Beckham’s LFW birthday show, filled with pretty skirts, floral prints and lots of lace. Red dominated her outfits and I’ve got to say, I’m a big fan. Back in the perfume world, red has been the bottle colour of 2018, with big launches like Armani Si Passione for her (rose jasmine and vanilla) and Carolina Herrera Good Girl Collector’s Edition for her (almond, vanilla and coffee) setting the scene for what’s to come next year.