16 posts tagged "Frederic Malle"
As a follow-up to the obligatory book she launched this month, Jersey Shore‘s Snooki has plans to go big in 2011 with denim, home wares, and, you guessed it, beauty products. Looks like she’ll be facing some stiff competition, too. [Village Voice]
Miss America airs next week and Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, who suffers from alopecia areata, the rare autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, is out to prove that bald is beautiful. [Sify]
Wondering which 2010 perfume launches were a big holiday hit? That would be Gucci Guilty, Acqua di Gioia, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Belle d’Opium, all of which dominated sales at department stores last month. For the niche-minded fragrance aficionados, Byredo Parfums’ M/Mink and Frédéric Malle’s Portrait of a Lady came out on top. [NYT]
So what lays ahead for the fragrance world? If you’re Bond No. 9, it’s a new storefront in New York’s Meatpacking District—a fitting home for its High Line-inspired flacon that launched last year. [Racked]
Glee‘s Heather Morris, a.k.a. Britney S. Pierce, just nabbed herself a makeup contract with Flirt cosmetics. Don’t worry, Diana Agron. Your day will come. [WWD]
You are what you eat, and this guide to skin-healthy foods will help you chew your way to a better complexion. Spoiler alert: Holiday-themed sugar cookies are not on the list. [Hello!]
Kate Beckinsale was spotted at Barneys this week putting in a lot of time at the fragrance counter—the Frédéric Malle fragrance counter, to be specific. Oh, to be on her holiday gifting list… [Grazia]
Last year was a big one for New York City’s Mark Hotel and Parfums Frédéric Malle. After extensive renovations, the former reopened on the Upper East Side with its signature Jean-Georges-designed 24/7 room service menu and Frédéric Fekkai salon fully intact, and the latter delved into home fragrance for the first time. Both marked momentous occasions for lovers of high-end creature comforts everywhere. This month, perhaps inspired by other recent hotel-fragrance collabs, the two brands have joined forces. Malle’s popular Bigarade Concentrée, a citrus-y unisex eau crafted by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, and its Jurassic Flower candles—which come in those signature red hand-blown glass jars—are now available for purchase in every room and suite at the Mark. If that doesn’t persuade guests to flex their charge-it-to-the-room muscles, Malle has enlisted famed nose Carlos Benaïm to devise a custom room-spray version of his Jurassic Flower scent—a magnolia, lavender, peachy aroma that is spritzed throughout the hotel. We dare you to resist its fruity-floral siren call.
Considering the devoted fan base he has stateside, it’s almost shocking that Frédéric Malle has been operating sans U.S. flagship since starting his company nearly a decade ago. But that wrong has finally been righted with the opening of his new atelier at 898 Madison Avenue. Malle is calling his fourth stand-alone store a “profound evolution of our brand’s aesthetic,” a change he attributes to French artist and architect Patrick Naggar. Naggar designed the 900-square-foot boutique with a distinct nod to the early-twentieth-century Rive Gauche salons and studios that color Malle’s early childhood memories. The Art Deco-inspired interior boasts oak frames and bookshelves, wall-to-wall carpeting with a tribal-inspired geometric print, and custom couches and chairs commissioned by Malle’s grandfather from famed furniture designer Jules Leleu. Artwork from Malle’s personal collection—as well as black-and-white pictures of the esteemed noses he frequently collaborates with—also spruce up the space, although we found ourselves most impressed by its “smelling columns,” which are glass-encased portals that ensure an untainted olfactory experience. It’s worth making the trip uptown, especially since Malle’s home collection is exclusively available at his new digs through the end of the month.
Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, 898 Madison Avenue at 72nd Street; 212-249-7941.
When we ran into Barneys’ Simon Doonan at the Fifi Awards last month, topic one, of course, was fragrance, followed by a somewhat disjointed segue into President Obama’s stand on gay marriage—but we digress. As to the former, Doonan was extolling the virtues of the latest scent from perfumer Frédéric Malle, who frequently debuts his niche offerings exclusively at the Madison Avenue department store. We’re fans of Malle’s work (we happily accepted an invitation to toast his last olfactory achievement, Dans Tes Bras, when it premiered last fall), but at first we weren’t tempted by the laudatory tales of his latest endeavor, Geranium Pour Monsieur, as there seemed to be a slight retail bias at foot. Doonan’s enthusiasm did seem genuine, though, so we eventually got a hold of the new perfume, had a sniff, and have this to say: Sorry we ever doubted your intentions, Simon. With the help of perfumer Dominique Ropion, Malle has created a new, modern take on the forgotten scent of geranium, intended, he explains, as a clean alternative to what he describes as “the all-too mundane fern-type smells that dominate men’s perfumery.” Anise, refined white musks, mint absolute, clove, and cinnamon round out the fragrance, which, although it’s branded as a men’s scent, happens to smell pretty darn good with our female pheromones—so good, in fact, that we are considering switching up our signature eau, which has been with us for the last four years. Change, after all, can be a good thing.