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18 posts tagged "Comme des Garcons"

Pharrell Joins Forces With Comme des Garçons to Produce an Olfactory Hit

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Pharrell Performs Live In Brisbane

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.

Photo: Getty Images

Stephen Jones Thinks Outside the Hatbox

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stephen-jonesA party at the Trading Museum Comme des Garçons this week in Paris celebrated British milliner Stephen Jones’ second fragrance collaboration with the house: Wisteria Hysteria. “It’s truly the counterpoint,” he said, his first eau being a violet-based scent. “I really wanted to do something that wasn’t a rose perfume or a jasmine perfume, but something a bit more esoteric.” The wisteria growing outside his home in London served as the inspiration, particularly the second flowering of the bloom that occurs in August. “Where before you might have a thousand flowers, it will only produce twenty the second time—but the scent of those is extraordinary,” he explained. “They smell peppery, almost like a carnation, and they’re unbelievably rich.” Combined with the resinous oils that have become a CDG signature, the final aroma is warm but not heady, clean but seductive. The composition was entirely Jones’ vision, a rarity in the fragrance business. “I remember reading a book by Luca Turin where he talks about Sarah Jessica Parker going in with this oil and that oil [for her perfume], and they said to her, ‘You’re doing a white floral, babe.’” The celebrity scent, however, is about churning out hundreds of thousands of bottles for the masses, whereas this is decidedly more niche. “What people want is individuality, that’s why they buy hats. It’s not necessarily the hat itself but the whole experience: They love the box, veiling, and these little bits of finishing.” And if you love the hat honcho’s chapeaux, you’ll particularly enjoy the coffer (a scaled-down hatbox) stuffed with white netting that holds the flacon. The summer breeze that blows the alluring aroma through the milliner’s home may come and go, but this bottle will re-create the olfactory experience year-round.

$165, available at the Trading Museum Comme des Garçons, 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, alongside an exhibition of fourteen Stephen Jones hats, including the first chapeau he created for the label’s Fall collection in 1985. The fragrance launches stateside in the Comme des Garçons boutique in New York City’s Dover Street Market next week.

Beauty 411: Rachel Antonoff

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It’s a trick of only the cleverest designers: Take an item once deemed hopelessly uncool and, with a bit of style wizardry, succeed in giving it an entirely new spin. That is precisely what sprightly New York designer Rachel Antonoff did for the humble penny loafer via her collaboration with G.H. Bass & Co., transforming a tired preppy stalwart into the uniform for an entirely different set. Antonoff, who started her fashion career as a writer before cofounding the much-loved label Mooka Kinney and eventually launching her eponymous label in 2009, has, as far as style sensibility goes, the corner on quirk. Offbeat prints, rompers, tented baby dolls, prim collars, and sharply tailored high-waisted shorts and pants are all Antonoff hallmarks—so too are the perfectly idiosyncratic women (Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat, et al.) who serve as models in her biannual lookbook. This spring marks the release of her second short film and another soon-to-be-announced collaboration. Here, Antonoff shares some of her bicoastal beauty favorites.

THE RELAXATION PIT STOP: Olympic Spa
“This place is the best. You go and sit in a hot tub with a whole bunch of naked ladies, which is an interesting experience unto itself, and then you get an incredibly thorough body scrub that leaves you feeling like a new person. They also do great manicures and massage.”

3915 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A.; olympicspala.com.

THE PETITE RETREAT: Angel Feet
“One of my favorite places ever. It’s tiny, they can only take two people at a time, and it’s just fantastic foot reflexology. So basically you get an amazing foot massage and then they tell you cool things about your body that they learned from your feet.”

77 Perry St,, #2, NYC; angelfeet.com.

THE ONE-AND-ONLY WORKOUT: Ballet Beautiful
“I really can’t say enough good things about Mary Helen Bowers and Ballet Beautiful. I started with her when it was five of us in an apartment, and it’s been thrilling to see her take off. It is genuinely the only workout I’ve ever done that actually changed my body.”

See balletbeautiful.com.

THE SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE: Comme des Garçons Wonderwood
“I’m not a big fragrance person, but I adore this cologne. It’s really clean and distinct.”

See luckyscent.com.

THE HOTEL PAR EXCELLENCE: Sunset Tower
“This place is so cozy and special, and they have a way of making you feel like Eloise even if you’re there just a few nights.”

8358 Sunset Blvd., L.A.; sunsettowerhotel.com.

THE HAIR HONCHOS: Tabitha Baker and Rheanne White
“There are two people without whom I would perpetually be in a hat. Tabitha Baker at Arrojo is a sensational colorist. She brought me from dark brown to platinum blond, and she is the only colorist I want to see for the rest of time. Rheanne White cuts my hair and is a real dream. She just opened up her own salon in Tribeca and it’s heaven. Bonus perk: She has the most adorable daughter who sings like Aretha Franklin-meets-Barbra Streisand and will serenade you if you ask.”

Arrojo, 180 Varick St., (212) 242-7786; arrojonyc.com and Rheanne White, 14 Jay St., (212) 966-2928; rheannewhite.com.

THE FOREVER FAVORITE: Jason Lavender Body Wash
“Simply put, it’s what I imagine parts of heaven smell like.”

Available at drugstore.com

Shine On

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thierry-mugler-glitterGlitter, in all its shiny glory, keeps making an appearance on the runway. It ranges from delicate (like the “glamorous sand” sprinkled on lids at Jason Wu’s Spring 2014 show) to disco-worthy (such as the jumbo kind used at Chanel for Fall 2013). And hair hasn’t escaped the shiny stuff, either—wigs were laden with gold for Comme Des Garçons’ Fall 2011 collection. At an industry event last night celebrating Thierry Mugler’s newest fragrance, Alien Eau Extraordinaire (more on this later), models were streaked with sparkles from their foreheads to their necks. Paired with natural makeup, the finished product was nothing short of dazzling.

Comme des Garçons’ Luxe Life

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CDG-LUXE-PATCHOULIThe 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?

Photo: Courtesy of Comme des Garçons