4 posts tagged "FiFi"
Known as the Oscars of the fragrance industry, the Fifi Awards were doled out to U.K. perfumers last night, preceding the American version of the Fragrance Foundation’s annual celebration, which is scheduled for May 27. If the winners in London are any indication for what’s to come in New York, Estée Lauder stands to do very well, as the company received top honors, taking home the prize for best new prestige female fragrance for its Sensuous scent, as well as getting wins in two additional categories. Other highlights included an appearance by Jean-Paul Guerlain, who was honored for his “creativity and services to the fragrance industry,” and the awarding of Best New Celebrity Fragrance to Katie Price’s Besotted. It just goes to show you that raunchy, former models-turned-reality television stars’ ability to push perfumes is now a global phenomenon.
WWD reported today that Marc Jacobs—designer extraordinaire and reviver of the kilt—will be honored at the Fifi Awards on May 27. Jacobs, who took home the Fragrance Foundation’s top honors last year, winning Fragrance of the Year for his Daisy Marc Jacobs scent, will get the Hall of Fame award this year, following in the footsteps of Vera Wang, who was the 2008 winner. Seeing as how Jacobs has only really been at the base note game for a decade, one can only imagine the ways he’ll influence the beauty industry in the future—a color cosmetics range, perhaps? Click here for a full list of this year’s Fifi nominees.
While we know that you rely on this blog’s editorial expertise to help you sift through the endless amount of new products that hit the market every year, the CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc.) has a fair bit of cred as well. A nonprofit organization comprised of over 4,000 executives in the beauty industry, it puts out its “Best Of” list every year around this time, selecting finalists in a number of categories before hosting a grand awards ceremony in May. If you’re interested in their new picks, click here, and while you’re perusing, scroll down to the “Women’s Scent: Mass” category. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Antonio Banderas’ Blue Seduction for Women has indeed made the final four—which might not come as a shock to the base-note junkies among you. The Zorro star has slowly become something of a fragrance darling over the past few years: His Spirit Antonio Banderas for Women scent won a FiFi (the equivalent of a perfume Oscar) in 2006, his Antonio by Antonio Banderas reaped the glory again in 2007, and his Blue Seduction for Men received a nomination in 2008. The experts have apparently weighed in, but we’re curious if Banderas’ smooth moves on the dance floor and masked swordsmanship are enough to make you a believer in eau d’Antonio. Well? Are they?
Last night, Vivienne Westwood was bestowed a prestigious award that most beauty legends would kill for—let alone a fashion icon who dabbles in perfumes and powders. Inducted into the Circle of Champions by the Fragrance Foundation, Westwood was honored at an industry-only affair at Claridge’s Hotel in London for making “notable and newsworthy contributions to the fragrance industry,” according to an article from Cosmetics Business. Following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Paul Smith, who won the award last year, Westwood was selected for an ability to continually create fragrances “evocative of decades gone by,” including Boudoir in 1998, Libertine in 2000, Anglomania in 2004, and Boudoir Sin Garden and Let It Rock in 2007. Her personal perfume strides have been noteworthy, for sure, and there’s also the fact that she produced Joe Corre, co-founder of Agent Provocateur, the brand that took home last year’s FiFi for best women’s prestige fragrance. A good nose apparently runs in the family.