Quantcast
Latest Stories

The scent of a stylish beast

By

STRONG scent for Middle East market

While Lady Gaga continues to appropriate every look she can get her hands on, Madonna, without even lifting a finger, remains the inspiration for not a few fashion designers, including Dubai-based Filipino Furne One.

One (pronounced as O-ne) was in Manila recently to launch three perfumes he collaborated on with Bench: Unholy by the One, Beautiful Boy and Handsome Girl. During a recent launch at Peninsula Manila’s Rigodon Ballroom, the designer also showed a 42-piece collection inspired by the “beast within.”

Local models shared the ramp with featured import Raina Hein of “America’s Next Top Model” fame. To further emphasize the collection’s intricate threadwork, One used plenty of nude tulle, French lace and a bit of black brocade made to look like alligator skin as his canvas.

“I was inspired by Madonna,” said One. “It wasn’t about what she wore, but what she said during one of her interviews. ‘In order for you to see the lightness, you have to see the darkness first.’ This collection is all about contrasts.”

FURNEOne andmodel Raina Hein with Nenita Lim and Ben Chan, president and CEO of Suyen Corp.

One, who first wowed Manila fashionistas two years ago with an Alexander McQueen-inspired collection for the Red Cross Ball, reaffirmed his position as a virtuoso when it comes to embellishment.

This time, he toned down the beadwork and use of Swarovski crystals in favor of “three-dimensional” embroidery, clever juxtaposition of materials and embellishments, and layering.

A good number of pieces weren’t lined underneath all that layers of tulle to purposely show the models’ undies. It probably had something to do with Bench, which is also a leading source of fashion underwear. But One insisted that he was simply motivated by prevailing trends.

Streamlined shapes

Apart from showing a few embellished swimsuits and flared long numbers, One opted for dresses with streamlined shapes in the form of columns and with hourglass silhouettes.

NEW scents for her

By mixing hints of art deco with obvious animal references, such as headdresses that resembled beaks and tusks, jackets inspired by bird’s wings and a black cape with the skeletal imprint done in nude lace of some reptile, the designer was able to produce an interesting collection that was trademark One, and at the same time different from his previous works.

But as far as scents go, One, creative director of Dubai-based luxury house Amato, is venturing into uncharted territory.

He comes close on the heels of fellow Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco, who launched his own scent dubbed Impalpable, also in collaboration with Bench, earlier this year.

While Cinco has Allison Harvard as the face behind Impalpable, One has Hein, who bears a striking resemblance to Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway, for Unholy.

“Even before Impalpable was launched, the Unholy One was already set for its own launch,” said Ben Chan, CEO of Suyen Corp. “It was just a matter of timing. All three scents were built around what Furne wanted.”

While Beautiful Boy and Handsome Girl are milder scents designed to appeal more to Filipinos, Unholy is stronger, spicier and formulated to appeal to the Middle East market, said Chan.

Bench has close to a dozen stores all over the Middle East, and One knows the market well. He was directly involved in formulating the three perfumes, especially Unholy, from the scents to the bottles.

NEW scents for him

One, during a post-show interview, said he was unfazed that such a provocative name like Unholy might ruffle the feathers of certain conservative quarters in predominantly Muslim Middle East.

Bottled in a red glass flask, Unholy (P498/100 ml) is a unisex fragrance with mandarin as top note, rose as middle aroma and musk as its base.

Beautiful Boy (P398/70 ml), a men’s fragrance (although ladies can try it), is a concoction of grapefruit, neroli, bergamot, cardamom, peppery, rosewood, iris and musk.

Handsome Girl (P398/70 ml) consists of a floral and fruity cocktail blend of apple, melon, lemon, orange, frangipani, neroli, cedarwood, amber and musk.

“I don’t think I’d have any trouble in the Middle East,” said One. “People there love perfumes. I’m confident that my scents, especially Unholy, would do well there. As for the name, it’s up to you how unholy you think you are.”


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: beauty products , Furne One , Lifestyle , Perfumes , scent



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Hold departure order out vs Corona, Singson
  • Malaysia to release MH370 report–PM
  • Man found dead in Quezon City, alleged victim of summary execution–report
  • Aquino to lead Air Force turnover rites
  • Security in place for Obama as police hope for ‘peaceful’ visit
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 US doctors, including Fil-Am pediatrician
    Marketplace