13 posts tagged "By Kilian"
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Kilian Hennessy, founder of By Kilian fragrances
The Product: “Since as long as I can go back in my mind, I have the memory of my grandfather applying Christian Dior Eau Sauvage in the morning, after his bath, once he was dressed. He would pour the perfume from his 500-ml. bottle in his hands and wet his hair with it—it was his gel, in a way! Eau Sauvage is, for me, the scent of elegance. It’s clean yet present. It’s aromatic yet feminine. It was created in 1966, I think, yet it’s timeless. It is the masterpiece of Edmond Roudnitska. But the way this scent smelled on my grandfather was unique, because it blended with the smell of his pipe. That combination is my Madeleine de Proust. My grandfather and I were very close. When he passed away two years ago, I felt that I lost my spiritual guide, my compass. His scent memory has stayed with me, because when I was close to him, I always felt protected. And perfume is as much about protection as it is about seduction. People tend to forget that. But this is why I carved a shield motif on my bottle, to help people feel secure. I haven’t created a cologne inspired by him yet, but my next collection is very much inspired by his world.”
And the Fragrance Foundation Indie Award goes to…Amber Oud by Kilian. Congratulations all around. [WWD]
Author Margot Mifflin has just debuted a third edition of her book, Bodies of Subversion, a chronicle of the relationship between women and tattoos over time. The latest version includes updates on stories from earlier releases, as well as over one hundred new images of awesome ladies with even more awesome ink, from Kat Von D to Lena Dunham. [Flavorwire]
Dakota Fanning finally speaks out about her surprise at the uproar regarding her “scandalous” Marc Jacobs fragrance ad last year. “If you want to read something into a perfume bottle, then I guess you can. But it’s also like, Why are you making it about that, you creep? I love Marc and trust him, and we just laughed about it.” [Daily Mail]
Celebrities are cooling it with the nail art—or so says People StyleWatch, which has noticed an uptick in more simple shades of classic eighties red—to which we say, Amen. [People StyleWatch]
“Botox parties” as we know them have come to an end—at least in the U.K., where a new set of plastic-surgery standards has come into play that limits procedures to licensed facilities only. Also on the new agenda: a vocabulary update, which bans doctors from telling patients they will look “better” after cosmetic surgery. [Independent]
It’s easy to understand why the nine distinct eaux in Kilian Hennessy’s By Kilian L’Oeuvre Noire collection were actually dubbed “temptations.” Just look at their alluring monikers: Prelude to Love, Love, Beyond Love, Love and Tears, Taste of Heaven, Straight to Heaven, Back to Black, Liaisons Dangereuses, and Cruel Intentions. How’s that for a little olfactory plot development? For his fragrance novel’s much-anticipated denouement, Hennessy has just release the final entry in his ten-chapter tome, aptly called Sweet Redemption. Its name is fitting, considering the delicate cloud of orange blossom that dominates the scent thanks to the sturdy base notes that anchor it, including vanilla absolute, myrrh, and sour orange leaf absolute. The result is powerful but soft at the same time, which, as it turns out, is a very seductive combination and totally par for the course. As far as Hennessy’s plans for a sequel, it’s in the works, he says. “I already have a box and a story.”
Fragrance can conjure up memories, places, people. In some cases, it can also call to mind something far more ephemeral, like, say, fictional characters. A whiff of perfumer extraordinaire Kilian Hennessy’s latest olfactory offering made me immediately think of one in particular: Scheherazade. The narrator of one of my very favorite childhood tomes, One Thousand and One Nights, she seduced the notoriously cranky—OK, maniacal—sultan King Shahryar with her enchanting storytelling ability. I always imagined her with long, glossy black hair, flowy harem pants, and piles of gold jewelry. A few dabs of By Kilian’s new Incense Oud behind each ear would complete the picture. The third scent in his Arabian Nights collection (Pure Oud and Rose Oud launched last year, and two more will follow in Spring 2012 and 2013), Incense Oud is based around the exotic oud note. Rare and prized, oud oil is found in the resinous wood of the aquilaria tree in Southeast Asia and has an intoxicating sensual aroma. Combined with smoky incense notes as well as Turkish rose oil, cardamom, and pink pepper essences, it takes on a distinctly mystical quality in the latest installment from Hennessy. Should you want to alternate your ouds, By Kilian will release mini versions of all three flacons in the collection in May as part of a travel set.
“You should never want to throw away anything beautiful,” says perfumer Kilian Hennessy, whose latest olfactory object of desire is meant as a keepsake—and a refillable one, at that. After launching an eponymous Art Deco-inspired handbag collection derived from the black lacquered wood boxes that encase his luxe fragrances, the Hennessy scion kept with the same early-twentieth-century artisan theme when designing a limited-edition collection of bedazzled flacons that debuted this month. Drawing inspiration from renowned jewelers of the era—specifically Jean Després, Gérard Sandox, and Jean Fouquet—Hennessy has fashioned four different heavy-weight glass bottles. Just 40 pieces have been created (ten of each design), and each can be filled with any one of Hennessy’s 11 scents. The first design (pictured above at far left) is already sold out and just four remain of each of the other three collectibles. With an equally heavy-weight price tag ($395 at Bergdorf Goodman), they likely won’t be seeing the inside of a recycling bin anytime soon.