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July 12 2014

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Hats Off to Comme des Garcons’ New Fragrance

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With all he buzz surrounding Comme des Garcons soon-to-arrive collection for H&M, it’s definitely possible that another Rei Kawakubo collaboration has gone under your radar. That would be the most recent addition to the Comme des Garcons fragrance family, a new scent produced by the brand’s olfactory brain trust and directed by Stephen Jones. The famed British milliner, whose long-standing fragrance ambitions could’ve been fulfilled by any number of the fashion houses who call on him to, er, “head” up their accessories enterprises—he counts the hats at Marc Jacobs’ acclaimed Spring show and those in the forthcoming Chanel biopic among his most recent credits—Kawakubo was always the one he’d envisioned as co-pilot on his pet perfume project. He candidly calls her “the most important designer of our time.” The result of the joint venture is a fragrance based in violets with hints of clove, carnation, rose, jasmine, heliotrope, and amber (and for a twist of kitsch, it comes packaged in a hatbox). Officially available at CDG flagship stores since mid-September, it rolls out to more accessible distributors later this month.

Photo: Courtesy of Comme des Garcons

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