Francis Kurkdjian’s Forte Triumph
Since Francis Kurkdjian exploded onto the scene with his very own line of fragrances back in 2009, his Maison has become one of the most lauded in perfumery. Kurkdjian, of course, is the olfactory phenom who has sniffed out such favorites as Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Acqua di Parma’s Iris Nobile, and Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male (which he famously created at the ripe old age of 25), but his own creations are modern classics in their own right, as anyone who’s ever caught a whiff of his Cologne Pour la Matin is well aware. Still, the fragrance designer felt there was room for improvement, particularly with his fresh, citrusy floral, Aqua Universalis. As the story goes, Kurkdjian was playing with a new bergamot note when he was asked by an acquaintance to design a gift for a friend who loved his original eau. Pressed for time, he combined the two, et voilà, Aqua Universalis Forte was born. A reference to music, specifically the way different notes can tell the same story, Forte is supposed to be an evolution of its predecessor, not a completely different composition. Hints of lily of the valley, musky woods, and jasmine still abound and are now fleshed out by a stronger, more dense splash of bergamot. Which is to say: Those of you in the market for a new summer scent should make haste to Neiman Marcus when this one debuts next month.