14 posts tagged "Comme des Garcons"
The arrival of a new Comme des Garçons fragrance elicits a visceral Christmas-morning kind of response around this office. The bag arrives, heads swivel around in cubicles, and before you know it, a crowd has gathered to inhale the complex, often esoteric, blend. And so it went yesterday, when CDG’s new LUXE series graced us with its presence. Using the finest ingredients, the idea was to hone in on two ancient aromas and build around them: Champaca, the mythical flower from the magnolia family that has long been used in Hindu ceremonies, has a ritualistic, powdery, incense-like undertone that is rounded out in flacon form by hints of white pepper, cardamom, white musk, and iris. Patchouli, which harvests its titular ingredient from Sumatra, is something of an effort in redemption. Liberally used by born-again hippies—and by some of the world’s best noses as a grounding base note—the earthy, spice-laced leaf is sort of misunderstood by the masses. Blended here with a soy accord, cedarwood, and oakmoss, it has a savory quality at first, which tapers into a dank, resinous richness. “No expense has been spared in the choice of materials,” reads the perfumes’ release, although the true mark of luxury in this offering just might be its packaging. Each scent comes housed in two interconnected metallic red boxes: One holds the lacquered black bottle, the other is completely empty for dichotomy and, well, because they could. How lavish is that?
Despite her NorCal roots, Raquel Allegra is championing L.A. with each piece of her eponymous collection. The Berkeley-born designer, who first caught the eyes of fashion folks with the deconstructed tees she was making while an associate at Barneys in Beverly Hills, specializes in draped silhouettes in whisper-weight fabrics that come in a palette of muted neutrals, as well as a finessed tie-dye technique that puts our backyard efforts to shame. While their structured ease happens to work just as well across the Continental Divide, they are the stuff this lifelong East Coaster imagines any well-heeled Topanga Canyon resident would ascribe to. Ditto Allegra’s dedication to health and wellness. Here, she shares some of her own go-tos for body, mind, and soul.
The Body Indulgence: Massage with Keiko
“When I just want to indulge, I call Keiko Matsuo over for her brilliant deep-tissue massage and Reiki work. Breathe through the hard parts! It can be pretty painful, but it’s well worth it. And her oxygen facial at the end is epic! In NYC, you can catch her once a month at Yasmine Djerradine.”
For more information, visit www.yasminedjerradine.com.
The Desert-Island Product Line: Sunday Riley
“You know that question people ask about being stranded on an island and only having one thing? Well, for me it would be two things: The Bionic and Juno Oils by Sunday Riley.”
Available at www.sundayriley.com.
The Nude Nail Favorite: Deborah Lippmann
“About a year ago, Deborah Lippmann sent me a box of goodies; now her nude polish, Fashion, is all I ever wear.”
Available at www.lippmanncollection.com.
The Spiritual Guides: Triple Threat
“I have three Sikh gurus that I absolutely adore, who I go to for my health and spiritual wellness. Guru Prem Singh Khalsa, who first introduced me to, and opened my world to, Kundalini yoga, and Tej Kaur Khalsa, who is a brilliant teacher who I’d recommend to anyone looking to explore the Kundalini community in L.A. And then there’s my doctor, Dr. Soram Singh Khalsa, who blends Eastern traditions with Western medicine.”
Guru Prem Singh Khalsa, www.divinealignment.com; Tej Kaur Khalsa, www.ninetreasuresyoga.com; Dr. Soram Singh Khalsa, www.drsoram.com.
Comme des Garçons’ latest fragrance is described as “exhilaration, unleashed,” and that’s exactly what Amazingreen smelled like when I first spritzed on the unisex eau. But that’s less because of its lush verdant essences of damp leaves, green pepper, and coriander seeds blended with vetiver, smoke, and a curious “gunpowder accord,” and more because the metallic dark jade flacon bears a scent that is a near exact match to the smell of a boy I once loved (OK, still love). He was my introduction to New York hipsterdom when I moved to the Big City ten years ago, and as he dragged me along to fashion functions, underground dance parties, and downtown art shows—long before the Lower East Side became a destination for Murray Hill transplants—it was this same aroma of intermingling organic, mineral, and fresh notes that lingered in his wake. I called him on it once, insisting that he reveal what cologne he so often wore—to which he replied, “I don’t wear cologne,” as any real lothario would. If a bottled version of the unbridled excitement that would wash over me every time I inhaled a deep whiff of him didn’t actually exist then, it sure does now.
After successful designer collaborations with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Betsey Johnson, cult-favorite tool brand Tweezerman has teamed up with Cynthia Rowley on exclusively patterned nail files and slant tweezers that will launch next month. [WWD]
J. Lo has gone short. The American Idol judge has chopped off her long locks in favor of a shorter, texturized lob. [Us]
Attention, cult of Comme: Rei Kawakubo’s well-loved brand is set to add another brutally original fragrance to its main line of perfumes. Amazingreen boasts vegetal notes and will reportedly include mineral notes like traces of flint and gunpowder. Never a dull moment over there. [Basenotes]
Three years after the WHO classified indoor tanning beds as known carcinogens on par with asbestos and arsenic, college-age youths still don’t get it. 59 percent of 20-year-olds surveyed agreed with statements like “everything causes cancer these days” as a reason why they won’t give up concentrated UV exposure. [U.S. New & World Report]
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.