Hedi Slimane Debuts Celine’s Perfumes With A New Haute Parfumerie Line

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With the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Celine’s artistic, creative and image director in 2018, a new era of the French Maison was birthed. From the replacement of the previous accented logo (that received mixed reviews from critics) to the debut of the fashion house first male collection, Slimane has been dedicated to steering the brand in a fresh, new direction.

After a 55-year lull period from fragrances, Celine returns with its Haute Parfumerie Collection with Hedi Slimane at the helm.

And now, the man is reintroducing fragrances to Celine’s offerings. Since its first perfume in 1964 called Vent Fou, fragrances have taken a backseat at the French Maison. Come October, the brand will be opening the doors of its first Haute Parfumerie Boutique at 390 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris. It will house this 11-piece fragrance line that’s suitable for daytime and evening wear.

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The reinterpreted fragrance line will be nothing like its predecessors. While the Vent Fou was a floral-scented scent made for women only, Slimane’s Haute Parfumerie collection will feature modern, gender-neutral fragrances that deliberately steer away from traditionally masculine and feminine notes in its accords and compositions.

15 Years after the creation of Maison Christian Dior Perfume Collection, Hedi Slimane presents his Haute Parfumerie Collection for Maison Celine.

This seems only natural coming from Slimane, what with the man’s penchant for questioning the societal norms of gender through his collections and photographs.

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Expect the fragrances to be stamped with Slimane’s powdery signature, which informed his olfactory creations in 2004 when he reigned as Dior Homme’s creative director too. Slimane also meant for this faceted (see: not basic like short compositions) collection to reflect the classicism and sophistication of the Parisian spirit.

Just as at home on the wrist of a man as they are a woman’s, the scents utilise classic notes found in French perfumery of the Sixties and Seventies. The faceted accords and compositions in the collection deliberately make no distinction or separation between traditional masculine and feminine notes.

How? He does so by playing on emblematic notes of French perfumery from the ’60s and ’70s such as tree moss, iris, rose or chypre accords – since they are seen as timeless markers of perfumes back then. From Parade and Dans Paris to Eau de Californie, Reptile and Night Clubbing, there is a perfume for every inclination and event, each one as timeless as the next.

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The flacon is also made to reflect a certain French sense of je ne sais quoi. Designed by Slimane himself, the clean, minimalistic design evokes both the Art Deco era and the art of French glass blowing, thanks to its long, strong lines and lacquered black top.

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Here’s the full list of Celine’s 11 Haute Parfumerie perfumes.

Celine Haute Parfumerie Parade
Celine Haute Parfumerie Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Celine Haute Parfumerie Dans Paris
Celine Haute Parfumerie Cologne Française
Celine Haute Parfumerie Bois Dormant (launching in 2020)
Celine Haute Parfumerie La Peau Nue
Celine Haute Parfumerie Rimbaud (launching in 2020)
Celine Haute Parfumerie Eau De Californie

For Evening:
Celine Haute Parfumerie Reptile
Celine Haute Parfumerie Black Tie
Celine Haute Parfumerie Nightclubbing

Celine’s Haute Parfumerie Collection will be available at Celine’s Haute Parfumerie Boutique (from October), and you’ll be able to take a sniff of nine of the perfumes at Celine Boutiques worldwide from October 31, and the remaining two in 2020 – as if you needed another excuse to visit.

Come into the beautiful world of Celine.

 

 

 

 

Celine the 16 bag

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Lady Gaga made waves in Paris with Hedi Slimane’s first bag for Celine, and now, that piece has been officially introduced as the 16. This will be the first bag launched at the revamped French Maison Celine. The bag in question is the 16 bag, which according to the press release was what Hedi Slimane designed on his very first day of work.

Taking inspiration from Celine’s archive bags, flaunting a sleek and curvaceous profile, the 16 boasts elements of some of Celine’s most historic bags as it features a ’60s-inspired top handle, cropped flap as well as rounded and belted details. The numeral name derives from the location of the maison’s Parisian headquarters and atelier in a 17th-century mansion at 16 Rue Vivienne

Composed out of the finest and most luxe leathers, the 16 will be available in three sizes and in a wide variety of colors beginning November 12. Pricing has not been revealed yet. For more info, head over to Celine’s website.

 

 

 

 

The photographers: Patrick Demarchelier

Born near Paris in 1943 to a modest family, he spent his childhood in Le Havre with his mother and four brothers. For his seventeenth birthday, his stepfather bought him his first Eastman Kodak camera. Patrick Demarchelier learned how to develop film, retouch negatives and began shooting friends and weddings.

In 1975, he left Paris for New York to follow his girlfriend. He discovered fashion photograpy by working as a freelance photographer and learning and working with photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Terry King, and Jacgue Guilbert.

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Patrick Demarchelier has lived in New York City since 1975. He is married to Mia and they have twins. Since the late 1970’s he has shot the covers for nearly every major fashion magazine including American, British and Paris Vogue. He has also shot covers for Rolling Stone, Life, Newsweek, Elle, Glamour and Mademoiselle. He has photographed many advertising campaigns, including Farrah Fawcett shampoo in 1978, the Brooke Shields doll in 1982, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Cutty Sark, and a Calvin Klein ad with Talisa Soto and did iconic ad campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Celine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Gap, Gian Franco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme,  L’Oréal, Yves Saint Laurent, Revlon, TAG Heuer and Louis Vuitton. He was also the primary photographer for the book On Your Own, a beauty/lifestyle guide written for young women by Brooke Shields Since 1992 he has worked with Harper’s Bazaar, becoming its premier photographer.

Patrick Demarchelier was the first non-British photographer to click the British Royal Family.  In 1989 Patrick Demarchelier became, by request, Her Royal Highness Princess Diana’s official photographer. This relationship lasted until her untimely death in 1997. Patrick Demarchelier shot four beautiful covers of Diana for the British Vogue published in 1991, 1994 and 1997.

 

A photograph by Patrick Demarchelier of Princess Diana, published in the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair.A radiant Princess Diana in a rare portrait taken by photographer Patrick Demarchelier, 1990

Janet Jackson, Miami, 1993, Patrick DemarchelierJanet Jackson by Patrick Demarchelier, 1993

Alaïa, bustier dress, couture Spring Summer 2003 © Patrick DemarchelierAlaïa, bustier dress, couture Spring Summer 2003 by Patrick Demarchelier

In 2005, he was awarded the contract for the Pirelli calendar. Demarchelier is referenced in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, when the ‘dragon lady’, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), asks Andy (Anne Hathaway), on her very first day on the job, “Did Demarchelier confirm?”, leaving her utterly confused. The first assistant Emily calmly jumps into action and calls his office, replying, “I have Patrick!” He also appears in the documentary The September Issue which is about Anne Wintour and American Vogue.

He continues to be a force in fashion photography and has interestingly been referenced in The Devil Wears PradaSex and the City, and America’s Next Top Model.

In 2007, Christine Albanel, French Minister of Culture, honored Patrick Demarchelier as an Officer in L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature).

Demarchelier appeared in a cameo in the film version of Sex and the City; he can be seen taking pictures during Carrie Bradshaw’s fashion shoot for Vogue magazine. He was featured prominently in the sixth episode of Cycle 15 of America’s Next Top Model. He was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013.

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Gigi Hadid by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK January 2016Gigi Hadid by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK, January 2016