Designer Fragrance

Iconic fashion house Marni, recognized for its eclectic clashes of prints and textures, has created its first fragrance: Marni. With a logo that mirrors the label inside all Marni clothes, the fragrance’s unexpected combination of spices, raw woods and a hint of floral reflects the same quirky sophistication found in all Marni creations.


The Marni fragrance bottle evokes colors of the fashion collection, seen here in the Treescape Print Dress and Heeled Moccasin.

Marni founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni (above center), her daughter Carolina (left) and Estée Lauder fragrance division head William Lauder (right) collaborated on the Marni design to reflect the brand’s identity. “We spent two years creating the scent, first trying out all the possible raw materials until we narrowed it down,” explains Carolina. “We wanted it to be unmistakably Marni, so we took a clean, simple shape for the bottle, then we added the polka dots–our signature.”

The fragrance starts off with an almost masculine air, with top notes of ginger, pink peppercorn, bergamot and black pepper, elements that evoke the look (above left) from Marni’s current collection.

The mid notes of cardamom, black rose and cinnamon bark are warm, rich and whimsical, like Marni’s Romina Quiros Bubble Gum Tote (above left).

The earthy base blends notes of patchouli, cedarwood, vetiver and incense, a woodsy mix similar to the Forest Print Radzimir Crop Pant from Marni’s fall ’13 collection.

The Marni woman is all about effortless cool and chic individual style; she’s sophisticated, low-maintenance and worldy. As Lauder fragrance spokeswoman Veronique Gabai-Pinksy says, “Wearing Marni is like wearing a piece of art.” Wearing the fragrance carries you away to the bel mondo of Marni.

Marni fragrance is also available in a Body Crème, Body Lotion and Shower Gel. Plus, check out our exclusive gift with purchase, a gorgeous cosmetics bag in Marni’s signature polka dot print—free with your $105 Marni fragrance purchase.

(Images courtesy of Marni Fragrance)

—Stefanie Frank


Another week, another awards show—but this one smells particularly sweet. It’s the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards, given to outstanding olfactory offerings from the past year. Here are some of the standout honorees you can find at Nordstrom.


Men’s Fragrance Winners:
Fragrance of the Year (Prestige): Tom Ford Noir
Consumer Choice Award: Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò pour Homme
Fragrance of the Year (Luxury): Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud
Media Campaign of the Year: Dolce&Gabbana The One for Men Sport

Women’s Fragrance Winners:
Fragrance of the Year (Luxury): Balenciaga Paris Florabotanica
Consumer Choice Award: GIRLFRIEND by JUSTIN BIEBER
Fragrance of the Year (Prestige): MARC JACOBS Dot
Media Campaign of the Year: Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme

And now Taylor Swift (wearing Emilio Pucci to the awards show) can add to her abundant collection of pop and country music awards her very own Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award.

(Images courtesy of Emilio Pucci and The Fragrance Foundation)

—Stefanie Frank


With Mother’s Day around the corner, we asked our Beauty Stylists to share their picks for Mother’s Day fragrance gifts.


kate spade new york live colorfully is one of Nordstrom’s latest exclusive fragrances, and is perfect for spring and Mother’s Day. Mom’s inner sweetheart will shine with crisp, energizing notes of mandarin and pink water lily, and she’ll drift away to a tropical paradise with tiare flower, gardenia, coconut water and Tahitian vanilla. ‘live colorfully’ is feminine and flirty enough for an evening out, yet understatedly fresh and elegant for daytime too. She’ll even delight in the bottle, with its signature kate spade bow.” — Jennifer Kochenour, The Plaza at King of Prussia, PA

“What woman wouldn’t want to wear Jimmy Choo FLASH? This new fragrance set from the coveted shoe designer launched this spring and is exclusive to Nordstrom. FLASH evokes the promise and excitement of a night on the town, and the bottle looks like jewelry for a vanity, with a bulb that catches the light and dazzles the room. The lasting power of this scent is incredible, prevailing long into the evening and smelling as clean and aromatic as when it was first spritzed on. Jimmy Choo is the best accessory for Mother’s Day.” — Alesha Gerner, The Mall at Wellington Green, FL

“New Jo Malone London Osmanthus Blossom is the perfect pairing of citrusy top notes and a sweet honey-peach finish. What I love most about Jo Malone scents is how customizable they are. By mixing two you can create the ultimate one-of-a-kind fragrance to fit your mom’s personality. For a sweeter effect, try mixing Osmanthus Blossom with Nectarine Blossom & Honey. Does she prefer something a little more green or tart? Try blending in Blackberry & Bay Cologne: the effect is simply mouthwatering and completely unique.” — Elyse Reneau, South Coast Plaza, CA


I Love NY for Mothers by Bond No. 9 is an easy-to-wear, easy-to-love fragrance. Because Bond No. 9 adores New York and mothers, they designed a fragrance to celebrate both. Upgrade your Mother’s Day gift from a bunch of flowers to a gorgeous fragrance she will carry with her all day! A showcase of lily, jasmine and rose, this gift will continue to bloom far past May. Top notes of tangerine and touches of soft amber and sandalwood ensure this will be a gift they will never forget.” — Iris Brostowicz, Michigan Avenue, IL

“The scent in Bottega Veneta’s Fragrance Gift Set evokes the memory of the first rain of spring. Notes of musk and moss create a warm happiness that reminds you of your grandmother’s garden. Bottega Veneta is the perfect fragrance for the elegant and sophisticated woman, and this gift set will make your mother feel extra cherished and loved. Even better, the set includes a fragrance mini perfect for her handbag! To enhance the inspiring qualities of the fragrance, pair the set with a bouquet of fresh flowers or perhaps a pair of Hunter boots!” — Joy Schmitz, Mall of America, MN

Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Set is a great Mother’s Day gift. The fragrance has a long-lasting scent that stays on all day and is one that men LOVE. Its unique sweet floral scent is perfect year-round. Best of all, the Flowerbomb set offers so many choices for layering: whether it’s lotion or body wash, there are ways to apply the scent all times of day. It is definitely my go-to fragrance no matter what!” — Paula Xiong, Mall of Georgia, GA

Discover more of the many inspired Mother’s Day gifts at Nordstrom.


Design icon Carolina Herrera celebrates her 74th birthday today! For over 30 years, Herrera’s timeless, feminine designs and unique fragrances have had a tremendous influence on fashion, coming to define luxe contemporary style.

To mark this special occasion, we shine the spotlight on Herrera’s CH fragrance. Each note of this floral scent is a trip through Herrera’s memories, giving you a glimpse into her world with its alluring aromas, while also becoming the ultimate intangible accessory.


With the help of perfumer Aurélien Guichard, Issey Miyake has bottled up the allure and innovation of his iconic Pleats Please women’s ready-to-wear creations—and the result is a fragrance that weaves movement in the form of hybrid fruits, floral bouquets and rich woody notes. With the first spritz, you’ll discover that Pleats Please is an invitation to just have fun.

The multifaceted ridges and curves of the bottle emulate the geometrical spirit of the Issey Miyake Bao Bao bag, while the cap echoes the Pleats Please fabric.

To celebrate the launch of his first fashion-inspired fragrance, the Japanese designer headed to the fashion capital of the world to reveal his latest collaboration with Beaute Prestige International, the Paris-based fragrance division of the Shiseido Cosmetics Corporation.

The Pleats Please collection is available exclusively at Nordstrom, online and in stores. Join us this Saturday in store for a free sample of Pleats Please and other fine fragrances.


Santa has his helpers, and here at Nordstrom we have our beauty team, who are ready to help you select the best gifts for the holiday season. Find out what products should be on your shopping list.

Kate’s Picks: Nordstrom Cosmetic Palette ($250 Value), Glide effortlessly from happy hour into the eleventh hour with a comprehensive makeup palette.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ ‘Alpha Beta® Glow Pads™, The only exfoliating and anti-aging self-tanner with active vitamin D that firms, smoothes bumpy skin and helps reduce hair growth.

Annie’s Buys: Prada ‘Candy’ Fragrance Set ($132 Value), In an explosion of shocking pink and gold, Prada ‘Candy’ takes a walk on the wild side.
Lancôme ‘Hypnôse’ Eye Set ($71 Value), Lancôme brings you lash must-haves to create your most eye-catching beauty.

Kristine’s Steals: philosophy ‘the cookbook’ shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath set, Enjoy a collection of philosophy’s most-loved recipe-inspired shower gels for the holidays.
L’Occitane ‘Hand Cream Confections’ Set (Nordstrom Exclusive) ($50 Value), Soothe, moisturize and soften your hands.

Check out all of our staff holiday picks in our Beauty’s Most Wanted Guide.


“It’s like a renewed love affair with fragrance…” –Karen Grant, VP, The NPD Group

The demand for designer fragrances is rising, reports the NPD Group, a multi-industry analyst firm. We love to hear that customers are rediscovering the power of this invisible accessory that’s so tied to memory. Once you find that perfect-for-you scent, it becomes your signature.

From the NPD Group list of 2010 demand-drivers, here are a few new and a few classic fragrances to help you rekindle or begin anew your love affair with fragrance.

For her:


Giorgio Armani ‘Acqua di Gioia’

Gucci ‘Guilty’ Eau de Toilette

For him:


Dolce&Gabbana ‘Light Blue’

Dolce&Gabbana ‘The One Gentleman’

Giorgio Armani ‘Acqua di Giò’