Chloé L’Eau Eau de Toilette

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French fashion house Chloé was founded by designer Gaby Aghion in 1952. Born in 1921 in Alexandria, Egypt, Aghion moved to Paris in 1945 and launched fashion house Chloé in 1952. During the next year of 1953 Aghion joined forces with Jacques Lenoir, formally managing the business side of the brand, allowing Aghion to purely pursue the creative growth of Chloé.

Aghion is widely credited for coining the fashion phrase and concept of Pret-A-Porter (ready-to-wear). In contract to the stiff, formal made-to-measure clothing offered by couture designers of the 1950’s. Gaby Aghion chose to create wearable, soft, form-fitting clothing of luxurious fabrics, intended to be purchased ‘off-the-rack’. This was a revolutionary and trend-setting concept in fashion at that time, as well as a long lasting motif in the fashion industry.

In 1966 Karl Lagerfeld is the main designer and Chloé becomes one of the symbolic brands of the 1970s. Among its customers: Jackie Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, Maria Callas, Grace Kelly, and Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan. Five years later the first Chloé boutique opens at the 3 rue Gribeauval in Paris.

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Chloé’s first fragrance, the eponymous Chloé fragrance for women launched in 1975, was an an enduring feminine classic. Chloé Narcisse sweetened the mix for the 1990’s. The French Maison has retained contemporay appeal with the launch of a new version of Chloé in 2008.

Once again the French fashion house celebrates feminine elegance by launching a new flanker of the Chloé Eau de Parfum edition from 2008, followed by several Eau de Toilette variations; Chloé Eau de Toilette (2009), L’Eau de Chloé (2012), Chloé Eau de Toilette (2015), this time with a floral bouquet in light coral pink packaging.

Chloé L’Eau Eau de Toilette offers a luxurious bouquet of roses sublimated with beautiful, lively magnolias and offers the story of a dazzling, free-minded woman. The re-discovered fragrant Chloé signature captures the unique freshness and essence of daring femininity in harmony with nature.

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The composition at the opening offers gentle and fresh rose aromas combined with fresh, fruity juices of litchi and grapefruit, while the heart introduces the absolute Damascena rose in an embrace with magnolia flowers. The base is characteristic of the accord of oak moss, cedarwood, musk, and amber.

This time L’Eau Eau de Toilette comes in a light coral pink packaging. It fills the famous ‘pleated’ glass flacon decorated with a coral pink ribbon color, also used for the outer packaging. The flacon is crowned with an elegant rounded cap.

Chloé L’Eau Eau de Toilette is available as  30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette. Come into the beautiful world of Chloé.

 

 

 

 

Karl Lagerfeld Fleur d’Orchidee & Bois de Cedre

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The Karl lagerfeld collection les Parfum Matieres presented two new editions that follow Fleur de Pecher and Bois Vetiver, launched in 2017, and Fleur de Murier and Bois de Yuzu, launched in 2018. This time, the perfumes were inspired by orchids and cedarwood. Fleur d’Orchidee & Bois de Cedre follow the style of their predecessors, emphasizing freshness and sensuality in the compositions, both modern and unconventional.

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Karl Lagerfeld Fleur d’Orchidee

Fleur d’Orchidee develops the luminous and fresh aroma of grapefruit combined with salty and sparkling neroli, which is contrasted with a floral blend of orchids and a jasmine sambac, drenched in pink pepper. Depth and sensuality are the result of the tonkabean note and a wooden mix of patchouli and cedar. The fragrance composition is signed by perfumer Emilie Bevierre Coppermann.

Top notes: Neroli essence, Grapefruit essence
Middle notes: Orchid, Sambac jasmine absolute, Pink pepper
Base notes: Cedarwood essence, Cedarwood, Tonka bean absolute

Karl Lagerfeld Fleur d’Orchidee is available as 50ml and 100ml Eau de Parfum.

 

Karl Lagerfeld Bois de Cedre

The men’s edition Bois de Cedre is created in the style of a cologne, highlighting fresh citruses and elegant violet leaves that announce the salty facets of gray amber mixed with the herbal shades of clary sage. The base of the composition is characterized by a mixture of musk, cedar and cashmere wood. The fragrance composition is signed by perfumer Alienor Massenet.

Top notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Violet leaves absolute
Middle notes: Salty accord, Geranium, Clary sage essence
Base notes: Cedarwood essence, Musk, Ambergris accord

Karl Lagerfeld Bois de Cedre is available as 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette.

The Karl Lagerfeld Les Parfum Matieres Collection can be found at the Karl Lagerfeld official website.

 

 

 

 

Ines de la Fressange: Blanc Chic & Or Choc

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After studyng at the Tournelle Institution in Courgent, then at the Notre-dame de Mantes-la-Jolie Institution in the Yvelines where she got her baccalaureate, Ines de la Fressange began her career as a model in 1974 at the age of 17. She quickly became nicknamed by many as ‘the talking mannequin’, due to her tendency to talk with fashion journalists and express her opinions on her profession and on fashion. In 1975, at the age of 18, La Fressange appeared for the first time in photos by Oliviero Toscani for Elle magazine, then modelled for Thierry Mugler and other designers.

In 1983 she became the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with the haute couture fashion house, Chanel, by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose muse she became due to her remarkable resemblance to the brand’s founder, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, who died in 1971. Ines was the first model to sign an exclusivity contract with a fashion house and one of the first models who became a big media personality and popular figure in fashion history, a symbol of the 1980s due to her omnipresence.

However, in 1989, Lagerfeld and La Fressange had an argument and parted company. Likely this argument was, at least in part, regarding her decision to lend her likeness to a bust of Marianne, the ubiquitous symbol of the French Republic. Lagerfeld reputedly condemned her decision, saying that Marianne was the embodiment of “everything that is boring, bourgeois, and provincial” and that he would not dress up historic monuments.

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In 1991, she created her own brand ‘Inès de la Fressange’ and opened her own Boutique, selling various products such as perfumes originating from the area in which her grandfather lived, at 12 Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. It was an immediate international success.

Ines de la Fressange, icon of French style, returns to the perfume scene with two new editions, done in cooperation with the Marionnaud chain. Blanc Chic and Or Choc have been created in close cooperation with the Maison de Parfum IFF and offer an olfactory interpretation of the various aspects of the iconic Parisian that can be combined.

Personally selected by Ines de la Fressange, perfumers Sophie Labbé and Delphine Lebeau created the new compositions. Blanc Chic was created by Delphine Lebeau as a musky, powdery, slightly woody scent, while Sophie Labbé created Or Choc as a fresh oriental, woody-spicy perfume.

Ines de la Fressange Blanc Chic

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We first feel the sensuality powdery Iris supported vanilla and spicy accents of a bewitching incense and a creamy benzoin in heart. While the essence of Cedar Atlas and the sinfonide come in background who leave behind them a creamy and musky trail.

Top: Iris
Heart: Vanilla, Benzoin, Incense
Base: Atlas cedar, Musk, Synphonide™

 

Ines de la Fressange Or Choc

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A bright and tangy, zeste Tangerine, start opens on a very feminine heart where blooms a rose intense and proud. Then invite the Oriental fragrance of incense and sandalwood who swarm their Woody, creamy and spicy notes in the background.

Top: Mandarin
Heart: Rose
Base: Incense, Sandalwood, Tonka

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Ines de la Fressange: Blanc Chic & Or Choc are available as 30 and 60 ml Eau de Parfum. Come into the beautiful world of Ines de la Fressange.

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Repetto Eau de Toilette

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In 1947 Rose Repetto created her first ballet shoes on the advice of her son Roland Petit, in a tiny worlshop near the National Opera of Paris. A few years later she moved her boutique to 12, Rue de la Paix, Paris. In 1956, on Brigitte Bardot’s request, Rose Rapetto creates the Cendrillion ballerina and dedicates it to her. For BB – and Rapetto – this ballerina will always be part of their success in Roger Vadim’s film ‘Et Dieu créa la Femme’.

In 1959 Rose Repetto moved her boutique a few doors further on the Rue the la Paix, to number 22. It becomes the place frequented by the world’s prima ballerina’s, Bejart, Noureev, Barychnikov, Carolyn Carlson, the Kirov of the Folies Bergères, all are supplied with their dancing shoes, and garments by Repetto.

In 1964 Repetto got it’s ‘official’ logo, designed by Leonor Fini. In the 1970’s Serge Gainsbourg got fascinated by the ‘Zizi’, a shoe-model created by Rose Repetto for Zizi Jeanmaire, her daughter in law. he became the ambassador of the brand. Jean-Marc Gaucher took Repetto over in 1999, with the ambition to breath new life into the the firm. Repetto invites famous designers, like Issey Miyake (first partnership in 2000), Yoshi Yamamoto (first partnership in 2002), Comme des Garçons (first partnership in 2004) and Karl Lagerfeld (first partnership in 2009) to work with.

luxury-shoes-repetto.gifIn 2012, for the first time, Rapetto presents a ready-to-wear collection inspired by the dancer’s clothing. The iconic, timeless and pure models embody the feminine, light and graceful silhouette. The sublimated movement of a body. The models of the Repetto wardrobe recall the the ballet’s pureness, desciplines, lightness and grace. The subtle, delicate femininity comes to light.

A year later the French Maison launched its first perfume, L’Eau de Toilette. A delicate blend of pear and cherry blossom, rose and orange blossom and vanilla and amber wood. It subtly evokes the grace, the lightness and the femininity of ballet dancers.

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Pop Repetto offers an explosive freshness and a delicate aquatic sweetness of pomegranate that announces the lush spring bouquet of transparent jasmine and peony flowers. The base is almondy and balmy from tonka beans, combined with cedar essence. The bottle repeats the same shape as previous editions with a bright yellow ribbon around the flacon neck, which holds a pendant with the Repetto brand logo.

Pop Repetto is available as 50ml Eau de Toilette at the price of 66.99 EUR. The newest Repetto fragrance is available from May 2019 in France as a limited edition.

 

 

 

 

Get in the Mood

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Since its founding in 1830, French Maison Christofle has cultivated its unique know-how, modernizing its techniques and execution to keep up with the times. Whether they are creations by designers or artists, re-editions and historic reproductions or custom commissions, exceptional pieces by Christofle are made in its fine silver workshop, which has been integrated into the company’s manufacturing facility in Yainville, Normandy.

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For the first time in Christofle’s history, the brand has collaborated with a fashion brand. Karl Lagerfeld is a designer with a proven track record for having a golden touch. Always up for a collaboration and always surprising, ranging from H&M’s first luxury collaboration to Diet Coke, the German designer is revealed to have a very unusual collaboration in the works. Karl Lagerfeld sets his eyes on Christofle – the Parisian silversmith, devoted to making exceptional and sophisticated pieces for decorating the home. The limited edition Karl Lagerfeld Christofle Mood – though set in silverware, is second to no gold. The designs have also been exquisitely photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.

The egg-shaped Mood is engraved with the Christofle coat of arms on one side and Karl Lagerfeld’s signature on the other, and it will be numbered at the bottom. The Mood opens to reveal a 24-piece set of silver-plated flatware, and each piece is stamped with the Karl Lagerfeld silhouette logo.

Christofle’s iconic egg from the Mood cutlery collection, gets transformed by the designer inspired by Art Deco’s art and architectures. Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to the world or Art Deco, having collected multiple pieces from the art period in his own houses, only to sell it off in 2003 to ‘get with the times’. Luckily we are in the age of ‘The Big Flat Now’, where history and modernity, digital and the real are all interchangeable and interlinked. Careers too, with designers being expected to be photographers and DJs too. And who else better to front the current age than superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld.

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Karl Lagerfeld melds his longtime influence from Art Deco, and the modernity of today in his limited edition Mood. Featuring structured graphic lines on the elliptical egg shape, which enhances the contrast of geometry. Available in two exclusive colorways and produced in limited quantities.

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Set the table Mood with Karl Lagerfeld’s edition that opens to reveal a 24-piece set of silver-plated flatware: 6 Table Forks, 6 Dinner knives, 6 Tablespoons, 6 Coffee spoons, stamped with Karl Lagerfeld’s signature silhouette logo.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Christofle Mood with mirror polished stainless steel case (1,000 pieces worldwide) is available for €2400, and the black lacquered option, just 500 pieces worldwide, for €3200.

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Pre-orders will open with Paris Fashion Week, September 25 at the Parisian Christofle store on Rue Saint-Honoré and at the Karl Lagerfeld store on Boulevard Saint-Germain.

The Karl Lagerfeld Mood Edition will be available worldwide from October 1, 2018, in Christofle and Karl Lagerfeld boutiques.

 

 

 

 

The Nose: Pascal Gaurin

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Pascal Gaurin was born circa 1970 in France. This French Perfumer works for IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances) as Senior Perfumer for the Fine Fragrances division (Click photo to enlarge).

Pascal had no objective reasons to become a perfumer, but chose it thanks to his gift. His fascination with scents was so great that as a child, he literally explored the world with his nose, causing his mother to wonder if he was afraid of being poisoned.

Pascal studied and graduated at ISIPCA in Versailles and a year after that he began to work in IFF, first in Hong Kong, where he enriched not only his olfactory palette, but also gained a deep understanding of the art, customs and olfactory preferences of people in Asia. Then, in 1997, Pascal was offered the chance to work in IFF, New York, the city of his dreams. The city where everything happens, and where all smells come together.

Most inspired by very dense essences, Pascal Gaurin is fond of resins, deep woods and anything that can express extreme sensuality. His taste for darkness probably originates from his grandparents’ home in Creuse, France. ‘The forests are very dark there, it always feels like it’s night time, you can feel the vapors of humus, mushrooms, leaves and bark. . . I love frontal materials, those you need to tame like sculptor does stone, by keeping the volume but making it flow’. This is where he gets his affinity for cistus, patchouli, Cashmeran and vanilla, ingredients he qualifies as erotic.”

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Other passions of Pascal, which help him in his work, are music and film. The palette of fragrances created by Pascal Gaurin is wide indeed:

  • 2000 Givenchy ‘Oblique Play’ (with Jean-Claude Delville)
  • 2002 Calvin Klein ‘Crave’ (with Yves Cassar and Jean-Marc Chaillan)
  • 2002 Liz Clairborne ‘Bora Bora’ (with Oliver Polge)
  • 2003 Calvin Klein ‘Eternity Purple Orchid’ (with Sophia Grojsman)
  • 2004 Curve ‘Crush Men’ (with Jean-Marc Chaillan)
  • 2004 Karl Lagerfeld ‘Liquid Karl’ (with Bruno Jovanovic and Sandrine Malin)
  • 2004 Liz Clairborne ‘Realities’ (with Jean-Marc Chaillan, Laurent le Guernec)
  • 2005 Liz Clairborne ‘Liz’ (with Jean-Marc Chaillan, Laurent le Guernec)
  • 2006 Banana Republic ‘Rosewood’
  • 2006 Curve Chill Men (with Jean-Marc Chaillan, Laurent le Guernec, Loc Dong)
  • 2007 Christian Lacroix ‘Noir’

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Christian Lacroix ‘Nuit’ (Click photo to enlarge).

  • 2007 Tom Ford ‘Black Violet’ (with Clement Gavarry)
  • 2007 Calvin Klein ‘Eternity Summer’ (with Clement Gavarry)
  • 2008 Patrick Dempsey ‘Unscripted’ (with Yves Cassar)
  • 2008 Emanuelle Ungaro, ‘U by Ungaro for Him’ (with Yves Cassar)
  • 2008 Calvin Klein ‘Eternity Summer’ (with Yves Cassar)
  • 2008 Jessica Simpson ‘Fancy Love’ (with Celine Barel, Clement Gavarry, Yves Cassar)
  • 2009 Michael Kors ‘Very Hollywood’  (with Laurent le Guernec)
  • 2009 Valentino ‘Valentino’
  • 2011 Christian Lacroix ‘Nuit for Him’
  • 2012 Vera Wang ‘Lovestruck Floral Rush’
  • 2013 Diesel ‘Loverdose Tattoo’ (with Anne Flipo)
  • 2014 Diesel ‘Loverdose Tattoo EDT’ (with Anne Flipo)
  • 2015 Diana Vreeland ‘Daringly Different’
  • 2015 Oscar de La Renta ‘Extraordinary’ (with Bruno Jovanovic)

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Oscar de La Renta ‘Extraordinary’ (Click photo to enlarge).

by Jean Amr