French fashion king Thierry Mugler passed away

Once again, the fashion world loses one of its most influential figures with the death of the French avant-garde couturier and costume designer. The eccentric French fashion designer passed away on Sunday. Mugler’s team has announced this via his Instagram account. He was 73 years old.

After three well-known faces from the fashion world disappeared last week (fashion journalist André Leon Talley, former top model Ghislaine Nuytten and actor and top model Gaspard Ulliel), Manfred Thierry Mugler passed away on Sunday. The sad news was shared on his Instagram last Sunday in a short statement. An all-black image reads, in French: ‘We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday 23rd January 2022. May his soul rest in peace’.

Thierry Mugler was born in Strasbourg in December 1948. At the age of 14 he decided to become a dancer with the ballet company of the Opéra national du Rhin, and studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. His creativity led to training as an interior designer, but in his early twenties he shifted his attention to designing clothes.

In 1967 he managed to sell his first designs to the French fashion houses Cacharel and Dorothee Bis. A period of freelancing in various European fashion capitals followed, after which Mugler settled on a houseboat in Amsterdam – some sources say he shared rooms with Sylvester, who would later have big hits with songs like ‘You Make Me Feel..Mighty Real’, and ‘Do You Wanna’. Funk’.

He moved to Paris at the age of 24 and created his own label ‘Café de Paris’ in 1973. A year later he founded the fashion house ‘Thierry Mugler’. His structured and refined silhouettes quickly became an established name.

Some people are exceptionally gifted. Fashion designer Thierry Mugler was one of them: each design was powerful, sharp, soft, outspoken, timeless and different.

In the 80s and 90s he became known in the haute couture world for his sexy style and the big names that walked around in his creations, such as Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Liza Minelli, Beyoncé, Céline Dion, Svetlana Zakharova, Dua Lipa, but also the Cirque du Soleil were among his clientele. At the request of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, he completed his first haute couture collection in 1992.

Thierry Mugler was often in the company of colleagues Claude Montana, Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa. His fashion shows were extravagant affairs held in arena-like settings and the associated collections had different themes. He was known for his sculpted designs with broad shoulders and a narrow waist. Wearable art with a bombastic touch was his trademark.

I have always tried to take the body to the next level, to make people dream.

Early in his career, he designed signature looks for Michael Jackson, Madonna, Grace Jones, Diana Ross, and David Bowie; as well as outfits for George Michael’s music video ‘Too Funky’ and most notably Demi Moore’s dress from the 1993 film ‘Indecent Proposal’, once dubbed “the most famous dress of the 1990s”.

In addition, according to the authoritative fashion magazine WWD, Mugler was the first designer to force celebrities to showcase his creations at fashion shows. He was also one of the first designers to champion diversity in his runway shows, often addressing racism and ageism, and incorporating non-traditional models such as drag queens, porn stars and transgender women.

It wasn’t just the clothes that appealed to Mugler. Photography was more than a hobby, many of the photos used in campaigns were taken by the designer himself. In 1988 he publishes his first book as a photographer. He was also the director of several short films for Canal+ and several commercials for Gauloises in 1990. He not only designed the clothing, but he also directed the iconic video clip Too Funky in 1992. In 1994 he co-starred in the film ‘ Ready to Wear’ by Robert Altman.

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Estelle Lefébure for Thierry Mugler Angel, 1992

In 1992, the fashion designer entered the beauty industry with the launch of the fashion house’s first fragrance. Mugler worked very closely with famed Jacques Courtin-Clarins (founder and head of the Clarins empire) and the perfumers to create a fragrance that reflected his approach to fashion design — unexpectedly, somewhere between the vulgar and the luxurious.

Created by Olivier Cresp en Yves de Chirin, Angel is a sugary-sexy blend of caramelized praline, chocolate and a patchouli accord. It would be part of a new fragrance family now known as ‘gourmand’.

Jerry Hall for Thierry Mugler Angel, 1995

Loyal fans of Angel include Diana Ross, Jerry Hall, Barbara Walters, Eva Mendes and Hilary Rodham Clinton. But the powerful fragrance, inspired by Mugler’s childhood memories of visiting the funfair in France, became the ultimate ‘party perfume’ of the 1990s.

The Angel flacon, a futuristic and technically sophisticated design in the shape of a faceted star, was designed by Thierry Mugler. Brosse Master Glassmakers manufactured the refillable flacons by hand using a special process.

Thierry Mugler Angel, 75ml, 1994 Limited Edition Etoile Couture Star, vervaardigd door de Brosse Master Glassmakers (privé-collectie).

One of the most important features was that the flacons were made of very clear glass without the use of lead, making the flacons recyclable, and the flacons were refillable ‘as in the past’. Concerned early on about their environmental impact, Mugler and Clarins later developed a refillable flacon that could be refilled at ‘La Source’- a bold move that was far ahead of its time. Limited ‘star’ flacons were released every year.

In 1996 Mugler Angel launched a male version called Angel Men or A*Men. This fragrance contains notes of caramel, coffee, vanilla, patchouli and honey. Nearly ten years after Angel, its 2005 counterpart – Alien – was released with much the same fanfare. Since then, several additional versions such as Angel Muse, Angel Nova, and Alien Goddess have hit the scene earlier this year.

Career switch

In 1997 he sold his fashion house to the Clarins Groupe. In 2002 he said goodbye to his Maison. When he went out of fashion, the designer went back to using his birth name, Manfred. Through bodybuilding and surgery, he changed his appearance, making him look like a homoerotic illustration of the French artist Tom of Finland. I have always found his transformation fascinating. In his interview with his good friend Tippi Hedren for Interview he talks about this, memorable!

The cheerful Frenchman, a lover of drama and theater, stopped as a designer in 2002 and said about it: “Fashion is beautiful, it is 3D art on a person. But it wasn’t enough, which is why I want to create in other ways”.

He did this, among other things, by focusing on making costumes and concepts for circus, cabaret and pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Beyoncé. At the Cirque du Soleil he directed the ‘Zumanity’ (zoo-manity) show (2003), for which he also designed the costumes. In 2008, he created the outfits for Beyoncé for her ‘Sasha Fierce-Tour’. For her ‘I Am… World Tour’ in 2009 he started working as an artistic consultant and designed both the clothing and the decor.

The return

In September 2010, Nicola Formichetti was announced as Creative Director of the Thierry Mugler brand. He changed the brand name to Mugler, removed the first name, and in January 2011, launched the revival of the brand’s menswear collection in collaboration with Romain Kremer.

After more than two years working as Mugler’s creative director, Formichetti announced in April 2013 that he and the fashion house were separating. Formichetti left Mugler to work for the Italian brand Diesel. This year Thierry Mugler returned as a creative advisor.

In 2016, Thierry Mugler created and directed the music video and staging for San Marino’s Eurovision Song Contest entry ‘I Didn’t Know’ performed by Turkish singer Serhat. In 2019 he created a ballet together with the choreographer Wayne McGregor. Mugler joined forces with the choreographer to direct something he had long dreamed of: a dance-fashion fusion presentation called ‘McGregor and Mugler at The London Coliseum’.

That same year, Mugler interrupted his designer retirement for Kim Kardashian, for whom he designed the dress she wore to the Met Gala. Inspired by Sophia Loren in the movie Boy on a Dolphin, Mugler imagined a ‘wet’ California girl; hence the name of the creation “wet couture dress”. The dress from which small drops of her body hung has now become an iconic design of his hand.

In October of the same year Mugler was a guest in Rotterdam for two days, where he exhibited his beautiful creations in the Kunsthal with the ‘Couturissime’ exhibition. The exhibition ‘Thierry Mugler: Couturissime’ in the Kunsthal brought together more than 150 outfits from the period between 1977 and 2014, most of which were exhibited for the first time. Wonderful to have seen some of his creations ‘live’ again…

I was working for Clarins in the 1990s. During the launch of Angel in the Netherlands I met Sonia Ziekek, International Training Manager for the Clarins Groupe. This very friendly and sympathetic woman brought me into contact with the right people at Mugler (thanxx always! x), so that I could work behind the scenes of various shows in Paris on the make-up. A very special time, where I met many special people (Tessa Rolink, Victoria… remember the time). So is Thierry Mugler himself, a very friendly and charismatic man. A beautiful person.

Thierry Mugler was a force of creativity and kindness. I was shocked to hear of Manfred Thierry Mugler’s passing. A man with the astonishing vision, who set the tone of the times like no other. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for you.

Jean Amr, owner Yakymour, former makeup artist

According to his agent Jean-Baptiste Rougeot, Mugler died a sudden, natural death. According to Rougeot, the couturier still had many plans and would announce new collaborations at the beginning of this week.

Our thoughts are with his family, his loved ones and all the people who supported him in his revolutionary adventure.

If someone is going to spend a weekend in Paris soon, an exhibition of his designs is mind blowing.

Mugler Alien Mirage and Alien Man Mirage a fata morgana

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French fashion house Mugler is launching two new fragrances. Alien Mirage and Alien Man Mirage come out as limited editions and are new interpretations of the original Alien (2005) and Alien Man (2018). The concept of a new fragrant pair is a fata morgana:

In the vastness of a scorching desert, a mirage entrances us with its freshness after a storm, giving life to an extraordinary flower bearing a message of hope.

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Radiating with light, Alien is an ode to the creative strength of each and every woman. Like a new invitation to all that is extraordinary, Mugler revisits its legendary, mystical fragrance for a Limited Edition that is both fresh and surprising: Alien Mirage. In the vastness of a scorching desert, a mirage entrances us with its freshness after a storm, giving life to an extraordinary flower bearing a message of hope. Alien Mirage is described as a floral-amber fragrance sublimated by an aquatic signature, that leaves a strong, clear and crystaline trail, composed of three ‘revelations’:

Mineral revelation, enriched with spicy notes of pink pepper
Mirage revelation, illuminated by notes of syringa and lotus flower
Dazzling revelation, rich in notes of white amber and Hinoki wood

For Alien Mirage, Mugler has enhanced the iconic Alien Talisman flacon and the fragrance’s hue with even purer light, providing renewed freshness with crystalline reflections, while the sun has traced its box with gold edging.

Mugler Alien Mirage is available as 60ml Eau de Toilette.

 

Mugler Alien Man Mirage

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Alien Man Mirage is a luminous Woody Aquatic Leathery Eau de Toilette that combines the mineral vibration of Juniper with the fresh, aquatic notes of Reed. Enhanced by the powerful, sophisticated aromas of Leather and Patchouli, the fragrance leaves behind a carnal, luminous trail. A fragrance radiating with power.

For Alien Man Mirage, Mugler has reinterpreted the signature monolith of its predecessor, as if it were sculpted in water and polished by light. The bottle features crystal-clear glass in a light grey gradient, while the moon has traced its box with grey edging.

Mugler Alien Man Mirage is available as 100ml Eau de Toilette.

Mugler Alien Mirage and Alien Man Mirage are available at Mugler boutiques worldwide and selected stores wordwide. Come into the beautiful world of Mugler.

 

 

 

Mugler Fragrance opens freestanding store at Macy’s Chicago

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French Maison Clarins has opened a new boutique for its Mugler fragrance brand at Macy’s Chicago store, located on State Street. The new Mugler store was created around a concept the company called ‘The Art of Faceting Dreams’, combining a couture experience with surreal design elements, according to a press release.

With its soft curves and round modules in its architecture, this Mugler boudoir is designed to surprise and trigger personal emotions.

Christophe de Lataillade, International Creative Director of Clarins Fragrance Group.

Highlights of the store’s interior include a perfume fountain decorated by three suspended silver drops, furniture with black lining and a pair of ‘giving’ hands reaching out from one of the boutique’s walls, holding fragrances. To help visiting customers find products, the store features interactive technology like Mugler’s ‘Fragrance Finder’ system and ‘Radio Frequency Identification’ system. In addition, the boutique also features a display of twelve scents, called ‘the organ,’ that is designed to help customers find their best scent, the company said.

In addition to Mugler, Clarins Fragrance Group’s portfolio also includes the Clarins, My Blend and Azzaro brands. This past July, it was announced that the company has been in talks to sell both the Mugler and Azzaro brands to beauty giant L’Oréal, in a deal set to be completed sometime this year.

Come into the beautiful world of Thierry Mugler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L’Oréal to buy Mugler and Azzaro from Clarins

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In 1909, Eugène Paul Louis Schueller, a young French chemist of German descent, developed a hair dye formula called Oréale. Schueller formulated and manufactured his own products, which he then decided to sell to Parisian hairdressers. On 31 July 1919, Schueller registered his company, the Société Française de Teintures Inoffensives pour Cheveux (Safe Hair Dye Company of France). The guiding principles of the company, which eventually became L’Oréal, were research and innovation in the field of beauty. In 1920, the company employed three chemists. By 1950, the team was 100 strong; by 1984 was 1,000 and is nearly 82,000 today.

L’Oréal got its start in the hair-colour business, but the company soon branched out into other cleansing and beauty products. L’Oréal currently markets over 500 brands and thousands of individual products in all sectors of the beauty business: hair colour, permanents, hair styling, body and skin care, cleansers, makeup and fragrance. In the years L’Oréal build a large portofolio of brands like: Lancôme, Helena Rubinstein, Biotherm, Kiehl’s, Giorgio Armani Beauté, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Viktor & Rolf, Cacharel, Maison Margiela and Ralph Lauren Fragrances, to name just a few.

And now L’Oréal is in exclusive negotiations to acquire perfume brands Mugler and Azzaro from Clarins Group, the French beauty giant announced this morning.

The perfume category is at the heart of our global strategy for growth at L’Oréal Luxe. In this context, we would be thrilled to welcome Mugler and Azzaro: these signatures, with a long history in fashion and olfaction, would perfectly complete our portfolio of brands.

Cyril Chapuy, President of L’Oréal Luxe.

L’Oréal has not confirmed the financial details of the planned acquisitions, other than that the deal is currently under discussion and subject to approval from regulators.
The purchase is expected to be completed later in the year.
L’Oréal’s prestige perfume has seen strong growth in recent years with the commercial success of Lancôme’s La Vie est Belle (one of the best-selling fragrances in Europe and the US), Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opiumand Giorgio Armani’s Sì Passione and Acqua di Giò Absolu.

The firm’s Luxe Division grew by 10% in 2018. However, the brand owner has seen its mass brands category struggle last year, particularly in Western Europe.

 

 

 

 

Muglers Les Exceptions Naughty Fruity

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Thierry Mugler has launched a new edition in the Les Exceptions collection, the exclusive collection that revolves around various themes and interpretations of the most valuable masterpieces in traditional perfumery. Naughty Fruity is the 11th edition within this exclusive fragrance line.

As bold as it is attractive, the Les Exceptions Naughty Fruity fragrance is a multi faceted Eau de Parfum that delights the senses. A fruity woody fragrance. Naughty Fruity embodies an all new fruity fragrance that features both a delicious and illicit contrast of aromas: an overload of Mirabelle plum reveals itself in different facets – sometimes round, velvety, juicy, or crisp – while Blond tobacco – both surprising and provocatively addictive – shakes up this fruity scent and subtly enrobes it in a hypnotic, leathery, smoky dimension.

Muglers Les Exceptions Naughty Fruity comes in the same flacon design as the previous releases of the line, containing 80 ml Eau de Parfum.

 

 

 

Genderless Mugler Colognes

The newest Mugler Cologne collection is made of five fragrances which, individually and as a whole, propose endless extraordinary experiences inspired by thrilling sensations; olfactory creations distilled by unusual ingredients. Each cologne is a sensation. A collection following in the footsteps of the first Cologne designed by Mr Mugler in 2001, already taking a free approach to fragrance.

To embody this completely original line, an advertising campaign like no other was deemed essential. No spokesmodel, no photo shoot; only emotion in its rawest form. It is a pop-inspired, eccentric creation, a highly graphic surrealist perspective and an intense psychedelic digression, brought to life by illustrator Ugo Bienvenu.

Aimed at being worn on their own or mixed together. Here are the options:

Take Me Out

Created by Jean-Christophe Hérault, whom we know as the author of many perfumes from the Le Exceptions line and Alien Man, created the fragrance in the orange flacon. its nearly immaculate orange blossom illuminates the freshness of just-picked shiso leaf. On the skin, its trail leaves behind a sparkling pulsation and tenacious freshness. Its secret ‘P’ note releases surging energy to electrify the senses.

Fly Away

In this Cologne, created by Sonia Constant, the biting radiance of yellow grapefruit intermingles with a devilishly aromatic hemp accord. It then leaves behind an intense and powerful trail. The invigorating secret ‘C’ note caresses the senses.

Come Together

The original unifying cult cologne by Mugler boasts the same scandalously addictive sensual trail. A liberated blend of petitgrain and white musk releases the carnal, tenacious freshness of intermingling skin. At the fragrance’s core, the secret ‘S’ note sparks exciting sensations and leaves the memory of the hottest encounter on the skin: fresh, sexy, unforgettable.

Love You All

It is another work by Jean-Christophe Hérault for this collection. This carnal, ultra-sensual fragrance exudes both hot and cold. The velvety smoothness of blue licorice, the sensuality of white amber and the unsettling vibrancy of the secret ‘E’ note make it the most voluptuous second skin imaginable.

Run Free

The cologne opens with an explosion of purple ginger to reveal a surprising freshness. Shyamala Maisondieu decided to decorate the original Cologne with woody notes, so she added the sterile and clear patchouli of Akigalawood. The woody vibrancy of Akigalawood gives this fragrance a sophisticated signature, with a secret ‘D’ note that releases electrifying waves of pleasure.

Mugler Colognes are available at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Mugler.

Mugler Angel Iced Star Collector

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Angel is a new creation born of Thierry Mugler’s childhood memories. Angel embodies the most desirable woman.

The famous Angel perfume launched by French fashion desgner Thierry Mugler in 1992, is still is one of the eponymous and timeless classic feminine perfumes. Since then, many Angel editions were launched and this year, Mugler Angel Iced Star Collector appears as a new limited edition perfume. This time, the legendary Angel perfume turns into a frosty/iced perfume with an oriental/gourmand aroma – not so different from the original version. 

Angel captivates with its myriad facets:
– Celestial facet: bergamot
– Delicious facet: red berries
– Voluptuous facet: vanilla/patchouli

Top notes: Jamine, Bergamot, Mandarin, Coconut
Heart notes: Red berries, Pineapple
Base notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Caraway

The legendary fragrance Angel by Thierry Mugler turns into a frosty star. Marvel at this scintillating bottle gleaming with the excitement and magic of the holidays. Like a snowflake, the star is of a pristine pearly white with captivating shades of Angel blue. Feel the exhilaration of your Angel fragrance with the refillable Eau de Parfum spray.

Mugler Angel Iced Star Collector is created by perfumers Olivier Cresp and Yves de Chirin, and is available as limited edition 25ml Eau de Parfum.  

 

Thierry Mugler Angel Fruity Fair

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What child doesn’t stop to gaze at a carnival confectionery stand? In this universe of dazzling sweet perfumes and colors, the celebrated star is now illuminated. In its trail, French Maison Thierry Mugler releases a new limited edition, Angel Fruity Fair, a deliciously animated treat. Between the ferris wheel and the coconut shy game, the senses are awakened by the surrounding aromas: welcome to the extraordinary world of the Wonder Fair! !

Angel is at once a magical and child-like world, tender and powerful.

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French fashion house Thierry Mugler re-launches its famous Angel perfume from 1992, in a new modern and more lighter version, Angel Fruity Fair. The flanker is described as a fruity gourmand fragrance nicely balanced with sweet/woody accords. The carnival breathes indulgence. Angel Fruity Fair also. The Eau de Toilette, a limited edition, revives memories of childhood attractions and sweetness, in three whirlwinds: red fruits, apple pie and vanilla whipped cream.

Top notes: A delicious whirlwind: swirling around a half-juicy, half-citrusy accord of blackberry and lychee
Heart notes: A sparkling whirlwind: a breath of fresh air bursting with a rose thorn core
Base notes: A seductive whirlwind: the airiness of a whipped cream and vanilla accord that softens the patchouli, Angel’s timeless sensual signature

Thierry Mugler Angel Fruity Fair is definitely a fairytale fruity fragrance with a nice, light composition opening with litchi and spice black currant along with floral roses accords. The base calms with sweet vanilla and patchouli notes.

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All of this is enveloped in the celebrated star-shaped bottle, ‘iced’ for the occasion in a mirror-like pop blue. Even though it preserves the same bottle shape as the original perfume, it still has a more delicate, elegant and subtle aroma coming out as a limited edition.

Thierry Mugler Angel Fruity Fair is available as 50ml Eau de Toilette.

 

 

 

 

Thierry Mugler Alien Flora Futura

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At the end of this month French fashion house Thierry Mugler launche fragrances version to be added to its Alien collection named Alien Flora Futura Eau de Toilette and Alien Eau De Parfum.

As a child, I had a very hard time living in the world that is imposed on us. I dreamed of creating another world, to my scale – one that was my own.

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Irresistibly appealing and out of this world, mysterious and fascinating, Alien perfume is an amulet, a talisman fragrance. The new editions are announced as a ray of light and optimism that releases the world from darkness.

 

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Thierry Mugler presents its new Alien Eau de Toilette version to its fans, being described as a floral/woody perfume that brings light to any shadow or darkness. Mugler Alien Flora Futura preserves the same futuristic design as the original version, yet colored in a pale pink color, thus inspiring a more calmed, soft, and sensual perfume with truly rare, and exquisite notes. Some delicate notes as Buddha accord, aka as ‘Flower Revelation’, as well as night-blooming Cereus flower make this perfume smell and be unique and special. Also, Alien Flora Futura features fresh citron note calmed on a woody layer made of white amber and sandalwood.

Thierry Mugler Alien Flora Futura is available as 30 and 60ml Eau de Toilette.

 

 

 

 

The Thierry Mugler Holiday Perfume Collection 2017

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Famous French fashion house Thierry Mugler launches a new wonderful, luxurious and seductive Holiday Collection with fairytale designs. Christmas is the spirit of giving warmth feelings to our most loved persons without a thought of getting. This holiday is the happiness we see in people, that’s why we try to make it memorable and like in a fairytale.

Beware of the Angels

This collection ideally portrays and describes the holiday spirit bringing the magic atmosphere of the Christmas and the New Year Eve in each heart and soul with limited edition sets. ‘Beware of Angels!’ is the slogan to this enchanting and gorgeous collection. The Mugler Holiday Collection features the famous and popular Thierry Mugler perfumes such as Angel by Mugler, Alien Perfume, Alien Tresor d’Or Perfume, Aura Mugler Perfume and Angel Muse and others.

The Mugler Holiday Collection comes as limited edition with the small number available.

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Thierry Mugler Angel Collection is a sweet and exceptional gift set including Angel perfume available in 50ml Eau de Parfum, body cream, shower gel and hair mist all at a price of 172 euros. This collection embarks on a celestial journey into the wonderful Mugler universe with a gourmand trail and a mesmerizing aroma.

 

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Thierry Mugler Alien Tresor d’Or Perfume Winter Collection is made of 60ml Eau de Parfum, body cream, body lotion and shower gel at a price of 172 euro.

 

Thierry Mugler Aura Holiday Collection 2017

Aura is the latest and the newest perfume launched by Thierry Mugler as a thrilling, sensual and enticing perfume. The Collection features heart-shaped perfume available in 50ml along with a small miniature flacon of 5ml. The intense green color bottle, as well as package, is simply mesmerizing and gorgeous, available at a price of 89 euro.