April 23, 2012
Images from Milan

Photographs by Raphaella Barkley

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Here, I offer nothing but photographs, which many of you have been asking for. There is no order and I have enclosed captions whenever possible. My photos do not do the event justice, nor did I take any photos from the speculator opening party I attended because I was having too much fun and I forgot. As you can see, I had my hand kissed often.  (Those gallant Italian and French men, nothing can compare!)  The following is my describtion of the two parties for Beauty Fashion Magazine, appearing later this month:

"The event kicked off with an exciting and glamorous exclusive Black and White Celebration Cocktail Party (as only they Italians can do) at the ancient Palazzo Giureconsulti in Piazza Mercanti, the very heart of medieval Milan. Here, elite guests mingled and danced the night away in high fashion with celebrated, passionate perfumers and executives from the global fragrance industry.  It truly was one of the most stunning parties.  Out on the ancient balcony, the night full of stars, the air warm and magical with lights spotlighting the plaza, the evening was deliciously heady with the lingering of women’s perfumes and masculine colognes that gently circulated throughout the palace".   

"Robert Piguet Parfums also hosted an exclusive Cocktail Party to celebrate and unveil the debut of its newest line of “Nouvelle Collection de Robert Piguet,” a range of ultra-luxe distinctive scents. This special collection was created by Master Perfumer Aurelien Guichard of Givaudan Paris.  The glittering and stylish party was presided over by Joe Garces, President of Robert Piguet, and was held at the chic Sheraton Diana Majestic, one of the most famous fashion hotels in Milan. In the spacious enchanting private garden, with live blooming wisteria overhead, guests enjoyed a fashionable and glamorous atmosphere where the new line of fragrances; Bois Noir, OUD, Casbah, Notes and Mademoiselle Piguet de Robert Piguet, were on display". 

To view photographs from a professional photographer, Michele Dell ' Utri, who took amazing pictures, please visit his Facebook pages here at TWO locations: ESXENCE 2012 QUARTO GIORNO  and ESXENCE 2012 TERZO GIORNO.  You can also visit the Esxence website here for pictures. 

Next month: My report from Milan and more photographs!  - RB 
Mathieu de Vollelongue, French Branch Manager and Joe Garces, President of Robert Piguet Parfums presenting the newest line of fragrances.
Nicolas Danila of Parfums Nicolas Danila  Paris and Gilles Thevenin, President Lubin Paris at the exclusive Robert Piguet Party in Milan Italy
Esxence Co-Founder Silvio Levi and George Ledes, President of Beauty Fashion Magazine and Cosmetic World
Vintage Baghari from the Forties, brought to the event for me to sniff- from my friend  Ermano Picco of La Gardenia nell ' Occhiello Italian blog
On the way to Milan, flying over the Swiss Alps
In a Cafe drinking very expensive expresso
Silvio Levi being interviewed by Extrait
Perfumer Geza Schoen, creator of Escentric Molecules
and Mark Buxton goof off for the camera
Silvio Levi of Cale Fragranze d'Autore
Roja Dove
Vintage Baghari from the Forties, Ermano Picco of the Italian blog, La Gardenia nell 'Occhiello holding his prized possession for me to sniff
Michael Edwards and Givenchy Parfums Paris Business Development Manager Karen Marin enjoying the Robert Piguet Party in Milan.
Guests enjoying themselves with Pierre Dinand at the Robert Piguet Cocktail Party at the Sheraton Diana Majestic
Robert Piguet’s President Joe Garces with Micahel Edwards of Fragrances of the World
Neela Vermeire of Neela Vermeire Créations with Michael Edwards exploring her new line.
Erwin Creed of Creed, world renowned Bottle Designer Pierre Dinand and Joe Garces of Robert Piguet share a moment.

Photo courtesy of Esxence.
Michael Edwards, Robert Piguet’s Joe Garces, Elena Knezhevich of Fragrantica, and Mark David Boberick from The Perfume Magazine discussing “Translating Perfume into Words.”
The Cake at the Black and White Party
Pierre Dinand kissing my hand at Esxnece.
Michael Edwards and Pierre Dinand with Mark David and Raphaella
With Nicolas Danila and Pierre Dinand
Denyse Beaulieu with her book The Perfume Lover
Nicolas Danila with Pierre Dinand, who designed the bottles for Danilas' new fragrance line
WIth Andy Tauer
Carla Fracci, famous Prima Ballerina with
her beautiful perfume line
with Gérald Ghislain of Histoires de Parfums
Wunderkind Perfumer Geza Schoen of Escentric Molecules
Neela Vermeire of Neela Vermeire Créations and Michael Edwards of Fragrances of the World
with Neela Vermeire
With Dr.Vida Skandalakis from Georgia, my dear friend who flew in just to see me in Milan.
with our Italian Correspondant Nicola Pozzani
With Mark David Boberick
Having some fun with perfumer Antonio Alessandria and Ermano Picco

Galleria Vittoria Emanuelle II