The Mick Jagger Of Scented Candles
Frédéric Malle has been crafting coveted perfumes and fragrances for years, but until now, had never done a candle. Why? The answer is simple: “Most candles are designed to cover bad smells, but my clients don’t have bad-smelling houses,” he said. Not these. Malle applied the same discerning nose to his votives that he did to his eaux, and the result is a line of candles unlike most others on the market. “It took me ten years to do a candle, and we are giving access to fragrances that no one else would do,” Malle explained.
At last night’s launch dinner, hosted by Anjelica Huston and Paul Fortune (pictured with Malle, left) in L.A., guests like Gina Gershon, Peggy Moffitt, and Decades’ Cameron Silver all stopped by for a sniff. (“I just thought it would be fabulous to show Freddie that L.A. can be just as interesting and nuanced as Paris, so I assembled a groovy crowd,” said Barneys’ Simon Doonan, the man behind the fête.) Following the event, Malle will go on a nationwide Barneys tour—Scottsdale today, Beverly Hills on Saturday, Chicago on October 6, New York on October 8. “I feel like I’m Mick Jagger,” Malle laughed.
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