23 posts tagged "Thierry Mugler"
It’s been a busy month here on the blog. With a whole new crop of A-listers signing beauty contracts, pop stars dyeing and straightening their hair, and one very prominent face painter dabbling in fashion to write about, we barely had time to do our own makeup. In case you missed them, we’ve compiled a top ten list of June’s most important posts. Read up.
Some people will always remember Thierry Mugler for his impact on eighties fashion—strong-shouldered, futuristic, Blade Runner-style frocks that received a bit of a revival last year when Beyoncé enlisted the reclusive designer to costume her I Am Sasha Fierce tour. But it’s really with fragrance that he’s made his biggest mark. Through a long-standing partnership with Clarins, Mugler revolutionized the perfume industry in 1992 by introducing Angel, a newly minted “gourmand” scent that blended foodie aromas with a strong patchouli base. Not content to rest on his laurels, he did it again in 2005 with Alien. “Thierry wanted to create something that was the contrast to Angel,” olfactory consultant Pierre Aulas recalls of Alien, an amber eau. “A feminine Buddha” is how Mugler actually described the concept for Alien to Aulas—”a woman who arrives on the earth with a positive message.” Right. “Sometimes [Thierry's] wishes are very hard to translate into perfume,” Aulas admits. “But the way I work with him is never to present a final fragrance but to present ideas—rough ideas,” like, say, devising the world’s first sweet and savory scent. Womanity, Mugler’s latest olfactory effort, which launches in August, combines fig and—wait for it—caviar for a surprisingly unique blend that you need to smell to fully understand. (Luckily, a limited-edition 10 ml bottle of the pink juice goes on sale today.) We caught up with Aulas to talk Womanity, a little thing called molecular distillation, and why mango chutney just may be Mugler’s next source of inspiration.
Mary J. Blige’s new fragrance with Carol’s Daughter, My Life, will finally make its debut this summer, and according to MJB, she created the perfume for herself and her fans as “a special tribute to us as women.” As such, it is intended to represent “every female’s everyday life,” which is perhaps why she is launching it on HSN, rather than in a high-end department store. Nothing says “everyday life” like ordering luxury goods from the privacy of your own home. [WWD]
Speaking of a tribute to women, Thierry Mugler will also honor the fairer sex this fall with Womanity, his latest olfactory effort that blends sweet and savory accords together in a pink gothic-design bottle. And when we say sweet and savory, we’re not kidding. Fig and caviar essences come together to frame this fragrance. Intriguing… [WWD]
Penélope Cruz will be the new face of Lancôme Trésor. With Julia Roberts already hawking its mascaras, the French beauty brand may win the award for “Best Celeb Spokesperson Roster” this year. [StyleList]
And in other A-listers-in-the-beauty-game news, Scarlett Johansson will continue her face time for Dolce & Gabbana’s The Makeup by shooting a campaign for its summer collection, for which she has reunited with old friends Pat McGrath and Oribe. The images are as iconic, old-Hollywood-glamour as it gets, as to be expected; color collections may be seasonal, but big blonde hair, boobs, and pouty lips are forever. [Grazia]
Angel fans, get ready to welcome a new flacon to the family. It’s nearly summer, which means Thierry Mugler’s cult fragrance has morphed into the Sunessence version of itself—a lighter, citrusy incarnation of the original gourmand. This year, Mugler and Givaudan nose Aurelien Guichard have unleashed the Blue Lagoon edition, which is meant to evoke the dreamlike quality of a pool of turquoise water. Die-hard spritzers of all things Mugler will get their fix with spicy patchouli and vanilla notes, and newcomers (i.e., those of you who, like us, have shied away from the pungent eau since it debuted in the early nineties) will enjoy a newfound freshness here, thanks to the unusual blend of frozen starfruit and ginger flowers. This is an airier embodiment of the perfume—and for that reason, perhaps its most universally appealing yet. It’s definitely worth sniffing out if you’re still looking for the right olfactory element to properly scent your summer.
As many devotees of Thierry Mugler’s Angel will recall, the 1992 gourmand oriental sent shock waves through the smelling establishment, indoctrinating a new scent family and securing a large group of lifelong fans. For the holidays, the French designer is indulging his penchant for mold-breaking once again, putting a personal spin on the season’s limited-edition flacons and reformulations. His Angel Superstar Eau de Parfum collector’s bottle, for starters, comes equipped with a 38mm Swarovski crystal dangling at the center, and the popular juice itself has been given an equally bourgie revamp. Liqueur de Parfum, as its name suggests, is inspired by cognac production techniques and is the result of placing the chocolate, caramel and patchouli fragrance in a cherry wood casket for eight weeks. Soft honey overtones and essences of candied fruits now pepper the familiar vanilla and amber notes. Alien, his woody jasmine sambac scent, has been paired with oak wood to achieve a similarly distilled effect. While it won’t give you the same kind of “cheer” as kicking back a few snifters of Rémy Martin, it’s still worth adding to your shopping list.