2 posts tagged "Play"
Comme des Garçons fragrances are the stuff of legend. From the classic (think: 2002′s Series 3: Incense collection) to the obscure (Rei Kawakubo’s last olfactory release, Eau de Parfum, spotlighted notes of glue and brown Scotch tape), they quickly work their way into well-rounded collections and best-of lists alike. So it went in 2007 when this year’s CFDA International Award winner enlisted perfumer Aurélien Guichard to create a signature scent for Play, CDG’s diffusion line emblazoned with Filip Pagowski’s iconic heart-with-googly-eyes insignia. This month marks the bitter orange, black pepper, lime, saffron, sage, and musk eau’s expansion as three new Play “brothers” join the family. Boasting a tag line of “same bottle, different personalities, different smell, different box,” Red Play showcases notes of red mandarin, pink peppercorn, red cherry accord, cinnamon, and myrrh; Black Play features black pepper, pepperwood, violet, thyme, black tea, birch tar, and incense; and Green Play includes essences of mint nanah, lime, juniper berry, basil, vetiver, and cedar—all of which were created under the design philosophy of the Play brand itself: simple classic forever. And how.
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You’ve likely heard the hype surrounding Justin Timberlake’s lucrative contract with Parfums Givenchy, which surfaced last year when his ad campaign for its new scent, Play, debuted in Europe. But if you aren’t a frequent consumer of foreign glossies, it’s unlikely you’ve seen just how much sexy Timberlake is bringing back for the French company (see image above). The stateside launch of the fragrance, which is centered around Caribbean amyris wood, a soft woody note similar to sandalwood and cedar, was apparently held for a year so any “kinks” could be worked out before it debuted in the U.S. But with those imperfections presumably ironed out, its release is now slated for September. As for future contributions to the beauty industry, the pop star-cum-fashion designer-cum-actor and music producer told WWD that while he could see possibly doing a signature scent for his William Rast line, there will likely not be a “Justin” fragrance anytime soon. “There’s some level of narcissism you have to put in check,” he mentioned, referencing celebrity olfactory collaborations. “It feels like cheating, almost. It doesn’t seem like you’re creating anything.” (He said it, not us.)