Comme des Garçons fragrances are the stuff of legend. From the classic (think: 2002′s Series 3: Incense collection) to the obscure (Rei Kawakubo’s last olfactory release, Eau de Parfum, spotlighted notes of glue and brown Scotch tape), they quickly work their way into well-rounded collections and best-of lists alike. So it went in 2007 when this year’s CFDA International Award winner enlisted perfumer Aurélien Guichard to create a signature scent for Play, CDG’s diffusion line emblazoned with Filip Pagowski’s iconic heart-with-googly-eyes insignia. This month marks the bitter orange, black pepper, lime, saffron, sage, and musk eau’s expansion as three new Play “brothers” join the family. Boasting a tag line of “same bottle, different personalities, different smell, different box,” Red Play showcases notes of red mandarin, pink peppercorn, red cherry accord, cinnamon, and myrrh; Black Play features black pepper, pepperwood, violet, thyme, black tea, birch tar, and incense; and Green Play includes essences of mint nanah, lime, juniper berry, basil, vetiver, and cedar—all of which were created under the design philosophy of the Play brand itself: simple classic forever. And how.
Available at Comme des Garçons, 520 W. 22nd St., NYC,
(212) 604-9200, and www.doverstreetmarket.com.