Lots of businesses throw a big party when they reach their 10th or 20th anniversary, but luxury French perfume house Creed is celebrating its 250th anniversary this month in its usual restrained style. Originally founded in London by James Henry Creed, the house's fragrances came into fashion at courts all over Europe in the 1800s, and Creed has made fragrances for rulers from Emperor Napoleon III to King Edward VIII and Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco. Even one first lady, Mrs. Teddy Roosevelt, had her own Creed fragrance. Today, Creed makes scents for the likes of Julia Roberts and Kate Middleton. To learn more about the history of this uber-luxe house, just click through the gallery below.
- Chris Noth and the other men of Sex and the City — Evan Handler and David Eigenberg — are officially signed on for the Sex and the City sequel. — E!
- Amanda Peet has joined Jack Black in the modern-day Gulliver's Travels movie. — The Hollywood Reporter
- Sit Down, Shut Up is the latest show to be moved out of its time slot; it will now air Sundays at 7. — TV.com
- Two bits of animation news: Wallace and Gromit creator Aardman Features is at work on two new films, while a children's book series by Ricky Gervais is also coming to the big screen. — Variety
- Rick Springfield will guest-star as himself on the upcoming season of Californication. — Entertainment Weekly
- Creed is reuniting for an album and tour. — Billboard
- NBC has renewed the Celebrity Apprentice for 2010. — Zap2it
Yesterday, I showed you the Google search results for worst band in the world. Verdict? Creed. OK, look, I know they're cheesy, but there's something about "My Sacrifice" that totally bypasses my rational thought. I love it even though I'm not supposed to — like macaroni and cheese eaten with fried chicken, plus dessert. What song (or songs) are you embarrassed to love?
Hahaha. Freaking Creed. (Just try your own Google search; this is really what comes up!) I agree on a conscious level, but on an unconscious one, when the bombastic "My Sacrifice" comes on the radio (which I secretly love!), I always have to listen to it. That is, unless whoever's with me says they'll jump out of the car if I leave it on. Then, you know, I change the station. (True story.)
Since Creed's Spring Flowers is one of my all-time favorite fragrances, whenever I hear about new launches from this brand I get giddy. If only they weren't quite so expensive I think I'd own them all! The latest release from this privately held luxury fragrance company is called Amalfi Flowers. And talk about buzz: If you don't reserve a bottle ASAP, you just might be out of luck. It is being released exclusively to nineteen select Saks stores nationwide this October in limited-edition quantities.
The company has decided to sell only 375 bottles, which will be wrapped in Italian Amalfi-colored terra cotta and will be numbered and signed by Olivier Creed himself. The available size selections and prices are $270 for a 1.7 ounce bottle of Eau de Parfum and $450 for an 8.4 ounce bottle. (Whoa, that's almost as scary as taking an actual drive along the Amalfi Coast!)
As you would imagine, the scent was inspired by a memorable walk that Olivier Creed and his son Erwin took together in the gardens of the Villa Rudulfo, located on a perch above the Amalfi coast in Italy. The sunrise was so exquisite that they decided to commemorate the moment with a new fragrance that captures the essence of the gardens.
In the perfume you'll find a blend of lemon, rose, bougainvillea, mandarin, basil, bergamot, black currant, ginger, patchouli, iris, ambergris, violet, sandalwood and leather. (Notice the fall leather trend rearing its head again.) The packaging is also worth mentioning since it is crafted from shatterproof glass, so you can take it wherever you may go.
Whenever I need to feel like a luxurious lady, I take a stroll through Neiman Marcus. Joke all you like about the stratospheric prices at "Needless Markup," but you've got to admit, it's a great place to window-shop. (It also helps that the store doesn't take most credit cards, so I'm safely out of temptation's reach!)
The Dallas-based retailer is celebrating its centennial this year, and it's whipped up plenty of beauty exclusives for the occasion. And guess what, they're all being sold at 1907 prices! Just kidding. The most affordable item is this $36 Nars highlighting duo, which packages Albatross highlighter with Torrid blush. It's a pretty duo, but I had more fun browsing the over-the-top luxury items—all $5,449 worth!
To see the rest of Neiman's birthday bounty, read more
Sixth-generation perfumer Oliver Creed has created a new unisex scent inspired by the aromas of Miami. The limited edition fragrance, called Fleurs De Gardenia, will be available only at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and only through the month of September. The scent is dominated by essences of gardenias from Miami, Asia, and French Polynesia; it has top notes of peony, orange, jasmine, rose, and iris with bottom notes of vanilla, ambergris, and royal sandalwood.
To order the fragrance, call Saks directly at 1-877-551-SAKS. The 1.7-ounce bottle comes in a winter-white leather atomizer (the same color as the Miami gardenia, naturally) and sells for $250. The significantly larger 8.4-ounce bottle sells for $375 and is packaged in a classic Creed glass bottle.