5 posts tagged "Rei Kawakubo"
After successful designer collaborations with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Betsey Johnson, cult-favorite tool brand Tweezerman has teamed up with Cynthia Rowley on exclusively patterned nail files and slant tweezers that will launch next month. [WWD]
J. Lo has gone short. The American Idol judge has chopped off her long locks in favor of a shorter, texturized lob. [Us]
Attention, cult of Comme: Rei Kawakubo’s well-loved brand is set to add another brutally original fragrance to its main line of perfumes. Amazingreen boasts vegetal notes and will reportedly include mineral notes like traces of flint and gunpowder. Never a dull moment over there. [Basenotes]
Three years after the WHO classified indoor tanning beds as known carcinogens on par with asbestos and arsenic, college-age youths still don’t get it. 59 percent of 20-year-olds surveyed agreed with statements like “everything causes cancer these days” as a reason why they won’t give up concentrated UV exposure. [U.S. New & World Report]
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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Any word of a new fragrance from Comme des Garçons raises pulses around these parts as Rei Kawakubo has a way of churning out highly unusual yet entirely wearable unisex eaux. CDG’s Incense series has always been our personal favorite, although Kawakubo’s latest, simply titled Eau de Parfum, is making a strong case for top of the heap. There was initial skepticism, sure; that’s to be expected with a perfume that boasts notes of glue and brown Scotch tape. But there’s something about the organic aldehydes that open up into a bouquet of hawthorn, lilac, and musk that makes the scent totally addictive. “I can’t explain it, but after smelling—and disliking—the fragrance the first time, it got into my head,” one of our esteemed coworkers said. (Editor’s note: said coworker has since absconded the misshaped glass flacon from our desk). Funny as this may sound, it just might be the packing tape note that brings everything together. It’s ultra-modern—and reminds us to reorder office supplies.
This month, Comme des Garçons is dabbling in the existential. Working off the premise that words, like fragrance, convey messages that can be interpreted and experienced in a variety of different ways, the reliably avant-garde perfume division of Rei Kawakubo’s design house has spoken, and its holiday message is clear: Peace, Love, and Freedom. The three words have been etched into a black lacquer cover slipped over the silver mirrored bottle of Comme des Garçons 2, the classic unisex scent in which base notes of ink blend with incense, patchouli, cumin, and vetiver for a woodsy finish with spice. “Silver Words,” as this limited-edition is aptly called, is intended to be a beacon of hope in flacon form—as well as a must-own collector’s item for true brand devotees. For more information, call (212) 604-9200.
With all he buzz surrounding Comme des Garcons soon-to-arrive collection for H&M, it’s definitely possible that another Rei Kawakubo collaboration has gone under your radar. That would be the most recent addition to the Comme des Garcons fragrance family, a new scent produced by the brand’s olfactory brain trust and directed by Stephen Jones. The famed British milliner, whose long-standing fragrance ambitions could’ve been fulfilled by any number of the fashion houses who call on him to, er, “head” up their accessories enterprises—he counts the hats at Marc Jacobs’ acclaimed Spring show and those in the forthcoming Chanel biopic among his most recent credits—Kawakubo was always the one he’d envisioned as co-pilot on his pet perfume project. He candidly calls her “the most important designer of our time.” The result of the joint venture is a fragrance based in violets with hints of clove, carnation, rose, jasmine, heliotrope, and amber (and for a twist of kitsch, it comes packaged in a hatbox). Officially available at CDG flagship stores since mid-September, it rolls out to more accessible distributors later this month.
Photo: Courtesy of Comme des Garcons