Do you speak Lagerfeld? As of today you can quickly adopt the lingo via a new app: emotiKarl. Even better: It’s free and doesn’t involve learning French or the Kaiser’s native German. Naturally, fingerless gloves, a stiff white collar, and Choupette are all involved—allowing you to express your feelings via a series of thirty illustrated characters (my personal favorite being the Karl “grit face”). Lagerfeld has always been on the forefront of technology: He was inspired by digital codes for Spring 2014, and this season employed buzzing drones at Fendi to gain a fresh perspective on the clothes.
One tradition he’s sticking to, however, is fragrance. The twist? He never spritzes it on himself—not even his namesake blend for men (which boasts hints of lavender, apple, violet leaves, and sandalwood) or women (a floral composition that includes notes of peach and musk) launching today. He told Elle that he mists everything around him (towels, sheets, jeans, paper, etc.), but doesn’t actually apply either to skin. Then again, I’d never expect the norm from Lagerfeld—a man who makes even the most mundane task (like grocery shopping) a magical, unexpected experience.
Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Parfum for Women, $85, and Eau de Toilette for Men, $75; macys.com
In other fragrance-related news, Pharrell is crafting a unisex eau dubbed Girl with Comme des Garçons. The scent marks the first collaboration between Rei Kawakubo and a musician (although it seems that the designer has an affinity for men in hats, recently launching a second perfume with milliner Stephen Jones). While the notes of the forthcoming composition (on shelves in September) have yet to be released, we imagine it will pair well with a plaid tux and Vivienne Westwood Worlds End Mountain chapeau.
Now that fashion month has finally finished, you likely appreciate the little things in life a lot more—you know, opening your door without a hotel room key and storing clothes in your own dresser for a while. Returning to su casa is also that much more enjoyable when your surroundings have a welcoming air, no? That’s why we’d like to direct your attention to the fine interior fragrances of Rue de Marli. Inspired by the ancient art of master herbalists, the Montreal-based apothecary picks organic plants and herbs at their peak moment of harvest, to fully capture all their aromatic benefits, and then uses those ingredients as the basis for its well-edited line of skin- and bath-care. Its Scented Wax Tablets are particularly noteworthy. Crafted with a centuries-old technique, each slab is handmade with pure, organic soy wax and natural botanicals, and comes in two fragrant varieties: Bois Precieux, which combines pine, Italian cypress, and red sandalwood; and Citron de Vigne, featuring lemon, sweet orange, Sicilian mandarin, and grape-seed oil. The pretty ribbon tie allows you to hang the tablet on the doorknob to your bedroom—or any room, for that matter—to release its delicate perfume around you. And unlike a candle, you can leave this unattended and not worry about burning down the house. Conveniently, they’re sold in sets of two—did we mention they’re also brilliant tucked inside a suitcase? Mental note for when you travel next.
Experiencing fashion month withdrawal (particularly the desserts associated with the Paris leg of the trip)? Satisfy your sweet tooth with a spritz or two of La Tentation de Nina, the latest scent from Nina Ricci. The nose behind the blend, Olivier Cresp, teamed up with macaron master and head pastry chef at Ladurée, Vincent Lemains, to create what can only be described as an all-around feast for the senses.
The limited-edition fragrance contains notes of bergamot, grapefruit, raspberry, lemon, and Bulgarian rose absolute. For a rather gourmand touch, bourbon vanilla, white musk, and sandalwood balance the otherwise sinfully sweet scent.
Ladurée—capturing the essence of the eau in macaron form—presents a decadent raspberry, lemon, Bulgarian rose, and almond creation, topped with (edible) gold leaf, echoing the perfume’s pink-and-gold apple-shaped bottle.
In keeping with the name of the fragrance, both scent and sweet are—as expected—much too tempting to resist.
La Tentation de Nina, 57.50 euros, available at sephora.fr; Limited-Edition La Tentation de Nina Macarons, available at Ladurée Champs-Élysées, 75 Avenue des Champs Élysées, Paris, 75008.
We are longtime Yosh Han fans. The San Francisco-based perfumer’s approach is unique to say the least—she’s always called it vibrational. In other words, fragrance not just as a surface pleasure but as something more, well, evocative. But while Han’s scent collections and bespoke fragrances are beloved for their delicate, but nuanced, nature, her “M” series trades in something more intense. Designed for the dudes, Han’s first “M” was Sombre Negra, and her latest, König, delves even deeper. Named after the German word for “king,” König was meant to evoke royalty, specifically kings on the hunt speeding through Bavarian forests. But one whiff of the fierce scent, a union of saddle leather, smoky firewood, amber, aromatic bitters, and cypress notes, and it wasn’t the Bavarian forest we were transported to, it was the continents of Westeros and Essos in Game of Thrones. The manly men of the dueling families would surely revel in Konig’s primal aroma, but that doesn’t mean the fairer sex can’t also appreciate its distinctive charms. In our humble opinion, it’s a truly noble choice for those days when you are channeling the fierce spirit of Daenerys Targaryen or Arya Stark. And those days are many.
$130 each, available at Barneys New York and luckyscent.com