Sniffing Around: Fenwick of Bond Street

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On my last few visits to the perfumery at Fenwick on Bond Street, I noticed that they carried quite a few brands that I hadn’t seen at other Central London boutiques. So I decided to pop in for a proper sniff around…

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Getting Lost in Lankaran | Lankaran Forest Parfume, Maria Candida Gentile for the Buta Festival

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As far as perfume launches go, Lankaran Forest took things to the next level and then some.  The release of the Maria Candida Gentile creation coincided with the closing of the Buta Festival, a five month long programme of Azerbaijani arts and cultural events at venues across London, and the celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz.  The March event, held at the Royal Academy, had lots of free flowing champagne, buffet tables decorated with a Dionysian display of spices and sweets, and even the odd celebrity or two.

However, the highlight of the event was the Francisco Rodriguez Weil designed Lankaran Forest sensory installation. This immersive experience allowed guests to wander through a “perfume sculpture” snapshot of tangled trees and fallen leaves, the fragrance of Lankaran Forest diffused throughout the space.

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I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with Maria Candida Gentile about the perfume she created for the event.

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Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude at the Courtauld Gallery

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Today I visited the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House to check out the Egon Schiele exhibition currently on display there.  Unfortunately, I was only able to snap one memento before getting my wrist slapped, but The Radical Nude exhibition is totally worth a visit.

Detail from Two Girls Embracing (Two Friends), 1915

Detail from Two Girls Embracing (Two Friends), 1915

Two Girls Embracing (Two Friends), 1915

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude is available to view at the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA until 18th January 2015.  Tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the door upon arrival.