August 22 2014

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15 posts tagged "Le Labo"

Opening Ceremony Bottles a Designer Bouquet



Leave it to Opening Ceremony, a brand that’s known for being ahead of the crowd, to come up with a way to make floral fragrances suddenly seem über-cool: They’ve commissioned a floral artist, Thierry Boutemy, to create a new limited-edition scent (along with Le Labo and perfumer Barnabé Fillion) called Geranium 30, launching today. Boutemy may not exactly be a household name, but he’s been the go-to flower guy for the fashion and film world for years. The stunning arrangements that were almost like a background character in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette? Those were Boutemy’s work. He’s also lent his green thumb to designers like Givenchy, Lanvin, and Viktor & Rolf.

Boutemy’s dramatic installations have earned him a reputation for making something as inherently soft and romantic as flowers seem intense and, at times, even dark. That’s why the subtlety of Geranium 30 is so surprising. Even after spritzing both wrists twice, I still felt like I could squeeze into a seat on a coach flight and not annoy the passengers next to me—the spicy-floral blend is that delicate. And for those who want to wear his creations from head to toe, Opening Ceremony has plastered floral digital prints, designed by Boutemy, onto New Era hats, classic Vans, Manolos, and even Tabio socks. How’s that for a stylish bouquet?

Le Labo Geranium 30 Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony, $240;

Le Labo’s Flower Power


Le-LaboSince it opened its doors in Nolita seven years ago, Le Labo has been something of a paradox in the perfumery industry. In an often mass-marketed business, where new launches are almost mandatory in every quarter, the New York–based atelier only deals in freshly made eaux that are hand-poured at the time of purchase; it also rarely releases new scents. Which is why this month’s debut of not one—but two—flacons should not be taken lightly. “The way we work is that we keep creating, modifying, playing endlessly with formulas until magic hits. This time and after so many years of work, we finally got lucky twice with these two perfumes, which happened to mature at about the same time, creating very different kinds of effects and emotions,” the company’s co-founder, Fabrice Penot, explains of Lys 41 and Ylang 49—”imperfect twins,” as he affectionately refers to the two new floral compositions. The latter, a chypre floral that accentuates its titular ylang-ylang note with a strong undertone of Pua Noa Noa (Tahitian gardenia), patchouli, oak moss, vetiver, and sandalwood has a lush, dark richness, while the former, a white floral, blends jasmine, tuberose absolute, and lily with woods, Madagascar vanilla, and musks for an opulent effect that is likely to elicit a visceral response from anyone who gets in its wake (as we are not jasmine fans, that effect registers as a little overpowering to us, but we respect a fragrance that pushes our olfactory limits). As with all Le Labo creations, best to keep these out of the sun and stored in the refrigerator to preserve potency if you plan on wearing them sparingly. Freshly poured means preservative-free, don’t ya know.

Photo: Courtesy of Le Labo

Martha Tweets Marc; Emma Lives For Le Labo; And More…


Just in case you’ve forgotten, Martha Stewart wanted to remind you—last night, live from a WWD event, via Twitter—that Marc Jacobs is launching a makeup line with Sephora this fall, and that he “loved his supportive grandmother.” Her feed; her 140 characters. [Glamour]

Katie Holmes’ debut ads as the first-ever global brand ambassador for Bobbi Brown cosmetics are making the rounds this week. In them she wears a rosy cheek, nude lip, and subtly smoky eye. “I really like her philosophy that makeup makes you feel beautiful,” Holmes says of Brown. “You’re already beautiful, but it makes you feel stronger and better.” [Us]

Botox, meet the stem-cell facial. The treatment, which takes stem cells from your own fat and injects them into your face, is touted as a permanent alternative to the popular toxin. [Huff Po]

News flash: Emma Roberts is “really obsessed” with Le Labo Santal 33 right now. That is all. [E!]

For the statistics nuts out there, here’s a look at Kate Middleton’s hair by the numbers: The Duchess goes for a glossy “Chelsea blow dry” 73.4 percent of the time, a chic half-up, half-down 13.6 percent of the time, and wears her strands either loose, curly, or in a ponytail 6.5 percent of the time. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Courtesy of Le Labo

Le Labo Strikes Oil


Since opening its Nolita boutique six years ago, Le Labo has quickly become the preferred fragrance destination of many a well-heeled New Yorker—not to mention members of the style set in London, Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Venice, and Hollywood, where the brand has since set up shop. Its freshly made fragrance concept, which ensures that the myriad essential oils used in its core collection of 12 scents (plus a number of city-specific exclusives) are blended with water and alcohol on site and to order, was a winner with consumers tired of the mass production of fine fragrance. We imagine its new adventures in pure perfume oil will go over equally well. Using a botanical safflower-oil base, Le Labo founders Fabrice Penot and Eddie Roschi have made their entire perfume library available in concentrated dropper form, to afford fragrance fiends the opportunity to smell their favorite scent—be it Bergamote 22, Oud 27, Ambrette 9, Santal 33, or Musc 25—that much longer.

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Liberté, Egalité, Perfumerie


Le Labo is expanding its freshly poured perfume concept. In May, the brand’s co-founder Fabrice Penot teamed up with Strange Invisible Perfumes’ Alexandra Balahoutis to open the “perfume commune,” a.k.a. the Abbot Kinney Boulevard compound the two now share in Venice, California, where their brands and their collective belief that perfumes should be hand-blended and bottled in-house coexist in fragrant harmony. Now comes news that Penot has unveiled his seventh outpost. “The perfume revolution is spreading,” he jokes, referring to the fact that his new shop in Paris’ Saint Germain neighborhood makes Le Labo the alternative perfume brand with the most standalone stores in the world (other cities lucky enough to lay claim to one of its retail destinations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Tokyo). As to why Penot, a French-born New Yorker, decided to finally give the City of Light’s citizens what they want, he was quick to quote Audrey Hepburn. “Because Paris is always a good idea.” Selecting Saint Germain for his 600-square-foot atelier was a similar no-brainer. “It used to be the art and literature area, before fashion stores took over,” he says of the idyllic area on Paris’ Left Bank. “And it’s perfect because our counter at Colette is on the Right Bank.” Being bicoastal—never a bad thing.

Le Labo, 6 Rue de Bourbon-le-Chateau, Paris,

Photo: Courtesy of Le Labo