August 30 2014

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Over-the-top deeds were on the collective brain at the launch of Outrageous, Frédéric Malle’s new unisex perfume for Barneys Co-Op. “I’m of the era of disco and Studio 54, so I do have some wild stories,” said the creator of the scent, which includes notes of caipirinhas, fresh laundry, and orange blossoms. “It was so sexy and brash, which I’ve taken for the perfume’s inspiration—but I edited out the heavy, dirty parts.” (Ed.’s note: It must be a trend. Fashionista reports today that Bond No. 9 has released a new fragrance, Andy Warhol Silver Factory, with notes of cigarettes, martinis, quaaludes, and speed, among other improbable things.) For more contemporary ideas, Malle did not have to look far. “You could say that Simon Doonan is my muse,” he said. “Who’s more outrageous than him?” The Barneys creative director, whose memoir Nasty is being turned into a BBC show by Jon Plowman (the man who brought us Absolutely Fabulous and The Office), was “profoundly flattered” to hear of his role in the fragrance’s creation. “I was much worse in my 20s, during the punk era, than I am now,” said Doonan. “By comparison, Lindsay and Paris look pretty conventional and bourgeoisie, give or take a thong or two.”
Jessica Ramakrishnan

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