11 posts tagged "Flowerbomb"
Observant members of the audience at Viktor & Rolf’s show this weekend likely noticed something recognizable dangling from a few models’ wrists. There, among the tightly edited collection of black and white pieces, were black and white accessories in a strikingly familiar shape. Were those Flowerbomb bottles in minaudière form, the astute guest may have asked? And the answer, it appears, is yes. The house used its Fall presentation to introduce the Flowerbombette, a clutch that takes its faceted form from the grenade shape of V&R’s best-selling perfume bottle. It’s available in lacquered ebony and glossy ivory, so now you can wear the sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, and patchouli eau—and accessorize with it, too.
Viktor & Rolf earned a whole new crop of fans this October after debuting one of their more wearable collections to date for Spring. But wrangling popular support has never been an issue for the Dutch duo’s fragrance arm; its 2004, cult classic Flowerbomb has been an international hit since its launch. Keeping fans of the sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, tea, bergamot and patchouli eau happy with a range of ancillary products and variations on the original scent has been part of the grenade-shaped flacon’s success story, which gets another chapter for the holidays. Joining Flowerbomb’s Bombalicious line of beauty accessories is a rollerball eau de parfum and shimmering pink lip gloss duo that gives new meaning to the word “touch up.” That it can be stuffed perfectly into all manner of stockings is certainly not a coincidence.
Spring and summer are ripe for fragrance reinvention. As the weather gets warmer, perfumes get softer and lighter to appeal to the overwhelming desire to strip off winter’s heavy layers and look on the bright side. The East Coast winter of 2012 will go down as perhaps the mildest on record, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still excited about refreshing our perfume arsenal. Yesterday, we discussed Agent Provocateur’s seasonal offerings, and today, it’s all about Viktor & Rolf’s limited-edition Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose. Back for its fourth annual appearance, the classic scent’s patchouli base has been blended with hints of just-blossomed rose and then spiked with zesty citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin as well as a crisp green apple accord. The resulting eau is a bit more sparkling and tangy than the original and no less addicting; ditto its collectible grenade-shaped, faceted bottle, which features an ombré fuchsia color. If you somehow managed to miss the flacon’s appearance last year, now is the perfect time to add it to the growing Flowerbomb shrine every true enthusiast keeps on her vanity.
The holidays are a particularly exciting time for Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb fans. In a sea of limited-edition seasonal packaging, the Dutch design duo’s cult-favorite sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, orchid, and patchouli scent always seems to get the most covetable revamp. And if you’re a diehard user of the spicy floral, collecting each annual release is an essential component to swearing your undying devotion. For 2011, the fragrance has been draped in a new, metallic fuchsia flacon, then tied in pink and white bows, a direct homage to the fabrics used on dolls at V&R’s 2008 exhibition at the London Barbican Centre. That it’s prime stocking stuffer material goes without saying; it basically comes pre-wrapped!
Today was our first day back in the office following what seemed like months on the road following the Spring shows, and amid the piles of boxes and bags that are currently blocking the pathway to our desk was an adorable pink book called Fairy Tales. Upon further inspection, we realized that said hardback was penned by none other than Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. Turns out the Dutch design duo has tried their hand at writing for the holidays, debuting the first English adaptation of their original tome, Sprookjes, which is intended to illustrate the beautiful world from which they draw inspiration. And you can see a parallel between some of the vignettes and their own creations, too; take Candy Floss, one of the book’s many protagonists, whose hand-drawn mane of texturized pink hair seems to recall the oversized dolls from the men’s Spring collection, with their invisibly crimped locks and hot pink, 3-D eyeliner. Additional anecdotes focus on the lonely “disco hedgehog,” who is ashamed that he glows in the dark; the apologetic, firespitting dragon butterfly; and, perhaps most interestingly to fragrance fans, the story of Flowerbomb. The jasmine, rose, and patchouli eau will be reimagined with a host of limited-edition offerings that are prime for gift-giving over the next few months, but reading Horsting and Snoeren’s fantastical account of how it came into existence through a plot to foil the sooty, gunpowder-filled bombs that had turned a colorful land black with the stain of war will make peering at the grenade-shaped flacon on your mantel that much more endearing.
Fairy Tales, by Viktor & Rolf, $20, www.amazon.com.