Cire Trudon Partners Up-------
Founded in 1643, the historic French brand Cire Trudon is the world’s oldest candle company. That said, its name does not necessarily conjure images of pop theatrics, tropical getaways—and Traci Lords. But in the name of brand evolution, and in the spirit of collaboration, it’s no longer as much of a stretch as it once was. Last night at Aedes de Venustas, the New York purveyor of all things olfactory-pleasing and niche, Cire Trudon celebrated two new partnerships, one with Paris-based jewelry designer Yaz Bukey, and the other with Arquiste’s Carlos Huber. For his first foray into candle making, Huber takes us to Mérida, Mexico, circa 1865, as Empress Carlota of Mexico sits beneath a guava tree, penning love notes, on a balmy summer night. “The guava tree’s scent is overpowering,” Huber told us as beauty editors and designers, like Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, and Anndra Neen’s Phoebe Stephens sampled the evening’s wares. “It sticks in your memory, it hits you”—as does the luminary’s complex aroma, which blends floral, mahogany, and fruity notes to conjure the ripe sensuality of spring.
The Traci Lords bit was all Yaz Bukey. Her campy reimagining of the traditional candle brand is an extension of her Fall 2012 Le Pussy Cat Fight Club accessories collection, which channels leather-clad femme fatales (think: Lords in John Waters’ Cry-Baby). “It’s not sugary or romantic. It had to be stronger,” she explained of the violet- and leather-tinged scent that mirrors the same tough-chic aesthetic. Bukey’s signature red Plasticine mouths top the black lacquer glass version of the candle, whose Cire Trudon label is framed in cheeky metallic pink. “I like the idea of having accessories for yourself, and for your home,” she said. “It is just as important because it shows our soul.”
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