Capturing the languid sultriness of a sun-soaked afternoon in Italy, Bottega Veneta recently unveiled two new fragrances for men and women — Illusione for her and Illusione for him. Refreshing, warm and deeply sensual, the perfumes have been created using a selection of the finest native ingredients, which is why, perhaps, they so evocatively recall the earthy richness of the Italian landscape.
Illusione for her
Conceptualised and crafted by famed perfumers Annick Menardo and Amandine Clerc-Marie, this essentially feminine fragrance has a distinctively floral yet woody scent. Top notes of bergamot and black current playfully mingle with the fruitiness of orange blossom and the freshness of green fig leaves. A base note of olive wood and tonka bean provides the perfect touch for an aromatic dry down.
Illusione for him
Presenting the masculine perspective, this vibrant fragrance has been created by Antoine Maisondieu, a prolific perfumer of international repute. Its woody, citrusy aroma comes through with a sparkling intensity, courtesy top notes of lemon and bitter orange essence. White cedar wood and fir balsam add a resinous virility, while a blend of vetiver and tonka beans conveys a bold energy.
The theme of seductive illusion is reflected in the fragrances’ flacons, as well. The clean, contemporary lines of the heavy glass containers lend an elegant, luxurious glow to the coloured fluid within — shimmering amber pink for her and a luminescent soft green for him. The exhilarating interplay of the shades strikes the perfect balance of mystery and allure, much like Illusione itself.