Under-the-radar fashion fragrances to try: Loewe, Maison Margiela, Bottega Veneta amongst others
The gradual expansion of fashion houses to become all-around luxury labels are rather run-of-the-mill affairs for many a brand in this day and age. Big-name designers in the vein of Chanel, Dior, Tom Ford, and Burberry have long branched out beyond clothes and accessories, dipping their toes in domains that include furniture, homeware, and most notably, fragrances. Serving as an encapsulation of the brand's essence and image, iconic scents such as Chanel No. 5 and Tom Ford's Oud Wood have rapidly become household names in the latter category. And while most of you are probably familiar with the above, the same can't be said about offerings from the likes of Loewe, Maison Margiela, and Givenchy. The Buro. Beauty team, thankfully, is here to cast light on these under-the-radar fashion fragrances worthy of a spot on your vanity. Who knows? Your next signature fragrance might just be in the mix.
Loewe 001 EDP Woman
As the brand's first foray into fragrance under the creative direction of Jonathan Anderson, the 001 Collection comprises a single scent in two distinct versions: 'Woman' and 'Man'. Both share the same core note of sandalwood but find distinction in their own ways — while 'Woman' dances with tangerine, bergamot, jasmine, and vanilla; 'Man' is bathed in cedar and musk. Drawing inspiration from the thrill of a first intimate encounter between two people, 'Woman' and 'Man' harbour a light, sensual texture that sings of hope and innocence.
Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette
The apothecary style bottles from Maison Margiela might be a far cry from other showier offerings, but it's definitely no slouch, scent-wise. Fan-favourite Beach Walk is a salty-sweet fragrance reminiscent of days at the beach, thanks to a blend of bergamot, lemon, ylang ylang, and pink pepper. Beauty writer Emily Heng swears by it.
Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano I
Believe it or not, the success of the this OG scent has spawned 15 unique creations (and counting). This classic contains an intoxicating mixture of magnolia, bark, and other woody accords to bring the warmth of sunlight and nature to skin. In sum? A fresh feminine fragrance with distinct masculine notes, housed within a flacon bearing the house intrecciato pattern — expertly hand-finished not unlike their leather goods.
Givenchy L'interdit Eau de Parfum
This fragrance pays tribute to bold, free, and sensual femininity as conveyed through a bouquet of both light and musky notes. Think delicate hints of white flower and jasmine, paired alongside earthy patchouli and vetiver.
Hermès Eau de Merveilles
Described to be a 'sparkling and warm fairytale fragrance', the Hermès' olfactory offering blends sensual florals, distinctive amber, and woody notes to grant a fresh, comforting scent that lingers long into the day, before it eventually dissipates into an intriguing burst of cedar and fir, perfect for night-time.