August 22 2014

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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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Photo: Courtesy fo Cire Trudon

An Olfactory Archive Of Perfume’s Past


Scent memory is one of fragrance’s most compelling powers. You could be walking down the street when you catch a whiff of perfume on a complete stranger that immediately transports you to another place or time. Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps reminds us of our aunt who used to spritz the gardenia, rose, and jasmine eau liberally onto her scarves and hair before she came over to our house for dinner; Aqua Velva, meanwhile, will forever evoke memories of our father’s bathroom from childhood with its floor-to-ceiling blue and pink tiles. For Mexican-born architect Carlos Huber, it’s places more than people that he connects to scent. The interiors expert has just launched Arquiste, a six-piece collection of flacons at Barneys New York and The Webster in Miami, that uses what he describes as “clues” from archival research for inspiration. Anima Dulcis melds notes of Mexican vanilla, chile, and cinnamon to recall a November day in 1695 when a group of nuns at the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria in Mexico City prepared a Baroque cocoa recipe. L’Etrog, a citrus chypre with date fruit, vetiver, and Calabrese cedrat essences, is meant to simulate the aromas of a family gathering in a palm leaf hut to celebrate a good harvest in Calabria, Italy, circa October 1175. And Fleur de Louis, an orange blossom, Florentine orris, and white cedarwood scent, was created to evoke the exact day in June 1660 when Louis XIV first met his young Spanish bride, Maria Theresa, on the French and Spanish border under a newly assembled pavilion of freshly cut pine. Huber has also dedicated a fragrance to Maria Theresa, to embody the scent of her emotions on that fated day on the Isle of Pheasants. Infanta en Flor, as it’s called, boasts a fresh burst of orange flower water and immortelle extract with a tinge of Spanish leather to keep it from becoming too girly. It happens to be our favorite of the bunch, mostly because it smells like something else that we can’t exactly pinpoint but that we remember fondly.

Photo: Courtesy of Arquiste