March 23, 2014 |
More and more air travelers are buying expensive first-class and business-class seats, and airlines are coming up with some creative amenities to keep those big spenders happy. That includes scented pillows and chauffeur-driven SUVs. The number of passengers buying expensive premium seats jumped 4% in 2013 and continued to grow thanks to improved business conditions around the world, according to the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for the world's airlines.
March 20, 2014 |
Breathe in deeply and feel the power of your nose. If your sense of smell is firing on all cylinders, you can distinguish among a dizzying array of 1 trillion different odors, according to a new study in the journal Science. Bad perfume, baby skin, lavender rubbed between your fingers, real apple pie in the oven, and apple-pie-scented candles -- the diverse world of odor is yours for the smelling. "Our sense of smell is amazing," said Leslie Vosshall, who studies olfaction at the Rockefeller University in New York City.
March 13, 2014 |
Pharrell Williams is collaborating with Comme des Garcons on a unisex scent called Girl, named for his latest album. It's scheduled to go on sale in September. [Cut] Singer-dancer Paula Abdul, actress Jane Seymour (a former ballerina) and publisher Lori Milken are to be honored at the Los Angeles Ballet Gala on April 12, Ellen Olivier at Society News LA reports. Bethann Hardison, the former model who founded the Diversity Coalition to push designers to cast racially and ethnically diverse models on the runways, is to be honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Founders' Award on June 2. [Cut]
March 12, 2014 |
For those who want to smell like Pharrell Williams, your chance is coming this fall. The superstar producer-performer continues his recent pop culture breakout with the next logical move -- a fragrance. Williams has teamed with Japanese fashion company Comme des Garçons to release an exclusive fragrance in September. Girl (named after his latest album), will be for both men and women. PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations "This is the first time we have created a fragrance for a musician, and I can think of no greater talent and no greater gentleman to have done this with,” Adrian Joffe, chief executive of Comme des Garçons Parfum SA, said in a statement. “Pharrell knew exactly what he wanted the perfume to smell like right from the beginning.
February 28, 2014 |
In today's creative scene, where art, fashion and design converge, Santa Monica fragrance designer Haley Alexander van Oosten is adding scent to the cultural mix. Collaborating with everyone from style maven/photographer Lisa Eisner and designer and artist David Wiseman to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Maxfield and Commune design, Van Oosten is making a name for herself by challenging traditional notions of fragrance. "I find commercial perfumery to be a very limited medium," says Van Oosten, whose company name, L'Oeil du Vert, means "eye of the green.
February 18, 2014 |
Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents - by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum - two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it's one or the other. When the president is unpopular or when he's lost control of his agenda or when he just seems inadequate to the demands of the job, the headline "The Incredible Shrinking Presidency" proliferates like kudzu. When the Republicans lost control of Congress in 2006, the Economist proclaimed "The Incredible Shrinking Presidency" of George W. Bush on its cover.