THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN………….
By far the hottest event to take place this year so far on the Dubai social calendar was the launch of Tom Ford’s new ‘boys’ and also the launch of the fabulous new fragrance – Black Orchid. In fact, I didn’t need to be asked twice, the invite had me at ‘Lips’ and ‘Boys’…….that was enough to have me RSVP’ing frantically!
Taking place in THE hottest spot to be seen-in in Dubai right now, Play at the H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, the event was everything you would expect and more from a sophisticated Tom Ford affair. There were hot male models in razor-sharp suits, delicious cocktails, an amazing, off-the-radar Dubai skyline view, tasty and decadent canapés, pout-practicing-selfie photo booth, did I mention hot male models?, a general great buzz about the new fragrance and of course the new ‘boys’!
BOYS, BOYS, BOYS…………
The boys are back in town and they are here to stay! After last years successful release, Tom Ford has unleashed a new set of 25 clutch-size boys as well as 25 of the best selling returning shades all named after men he admires. The new boys all have a slight shimmer in them with hints of pearly, luminous, frosted and metallic finishes. The main aim of these new shades is to be worn on their own or layered with one another.
After trying out the new shades and lipsticks, I am a firm believer in the philosophy……”you get what you pay for”. In terms of beauty products, Tom Ford is up there with the high-end expensive brands but you just cannot fault the quality. The formula used in his lipsticks is of excellent quality. They feel amazing and have fab pigmentation and staying power without drying out the lips. I admit also, that I’m just in love with the whole lips and boys concept – such a novel idea to name your sought-after products after influential men…….GENIUS!
Here’s 6 of my favourite boys which I’ve swatched and which will give you an idea of pigmentation and colour:
Eddie – a ‘new’ boy and fab nude shade
Malik – a ‘new’ boy and a fab light pink//mauve shade
Joaquin – a ‘new’ boy and a gorgeous deep pink shade
Rafael – a ‘returning’ boy and which I just had to have as I’m obsessed with red lipstick – such a gorgeous orange-red shade.
Tony – a ‘new’ boy and a fab deep cherry red shade
Drake – probably the most well-known and infamous ‘new’ boy and such a fab pinky/plum shade.
At the launch itself, I was extremely lucky to be given 3 of the new shades and of course…….first thing I did when I got to the event was make sure I got DRAKE!!!! There has been undoubtedly huge hype surrounding ‘Drake’ so without further ado……………
LET’S TALK ABOUT DRAKE…………
Drake (@champagnepapi) letting all his followers on Instagram know that his ‘Mom bought all of them’ ha, ha!!
So…..picture this – one of the world’s most respected and leading fashion designers names a lipstick after you and it sells out in minutes after being listed on Net-A-Porter! Talk about sending the beauty and makeup world into frantic meltdown!! The Tom Ford boutiques in both New York and Chicago also sold out in record time of the infamous shade and Nordstrom didn’t even list the shade – perhaps they couldn’t get hold of the most popular lipstick shade to be released in a long time! In other words…….Tom Ford’s Drake lipstick broke the internet! Let’s just call him the male Kylie Jenner of the lipstick world shall we? If there ever was a good time to be Drake……..now is it!!
Tom Ford Black Orchid
If there’s ever an aesthetically pleasing, modern and sophisticated perfume bottle that matches it’s designer perfectly – it has to be Tom Ford’s luxurious Black Orchid. Showcased in a black glass, fluted and sleek bottle, the added notes of bergamot, citrus accord, mandarin, gardenia, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lotus, orchid spicy floral accord, orchid, patchouli, sandalwood, incense and vanilla all combine to ensure this fragrance is unforgettable, new and timeless. Anyone that likes their ‘spicy’ scents will love it! I would definitely consider this a night-time scent with oodles of sex-appeal. It is everything you would expect a Tom Ford fragrance to be and more.
About Last Night…………
The Middle East launch of the new Boys and Black Orchid fragrance was very cleverly orchestrated to transport you into a world of Tom Ford. The event took place in THE hottest restaurant to be seen in at the moment in Dubai – Play Restaurant and Lounge at the H Hotel. With a renowned Nobu chef in the kitchen, you can’t go wrong especially with the canapé’s, drinks, service and vibe. Going back to the ‘hot’ male models which I previously mentioned above – they were in abundance and definitely a sight for sore eyes. After the fun activity of picking your ‘three boys’ (lipsticks), and following on from that, you could listen to some wise words from the main man himself – Tom Ford – on earphones and kindly assisted by one of the hot male models of course.
From there, lots more fun followed in the ‘selfie-cam’ Photo Booth where you could pout, pose, smile, look awkward, kiss or whatever you like with a couple of the hot male models in hot suits and get the cute passport size print-outs to keep as a souvenir, stick on the fridge, frame, post on Instagram…..whatever! Just a cute momento from the night 🙂 You can imagine how busy this area was!!
So……ladies in the Middle East, if you want to get your hands on the new boys and in particular Drake……..purses to the ready and act fast as the collection including the Black Orchid fragrance is available from the 1st of March in Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales, Paris Gallery and other Tom Ford concessions in Dubai and the Middle East. Don’t say, I didn’t warn you!
Finally and as per usual……I’ll leave you with some words from the main man himself……