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April 19 2014

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The 12 Days Of Christmas: Day 12

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Swedish parfumeur Ben Gorham of Byredo is no stranger to homages in scent. He recently debuted Mister Marvelous, a cologne inspired by the life and work of Christiaan Houtenbos, the seventies hair god who coiffed the likes of Grace Jones as he circled the globe. But my favorite of his paeans is to the late, great Warhol Superstar Candy Darling. A mini-Darling revival was kicked off a few years back when Antony Hegarty put Peter Hujar’s portrait of Darling in her last hospital bed on the cover of Antony and the Johnsons’ beloved album I Am a Bird Now. (And while we’re on the topic of Hujar, if you’re in New York, run, don’t walk, to the Hujar show at Matthew Marks, closing this weekend!) Darling’s reign continued last year, when documentarian James Rasin released Beautiful Darling, a look at the life of the muse and occasional actress (born James Slattery in Long Island in 1944), with Chloë Sevigny providing the voice of the late Superstar. It’ll be out on DVD soon, the filmmakers promise. Until then, there’s Byredo’s Candy Darling candle, redolent of coriander, rosewood, patchouli, and musk. A fitting tribute—not to mention the beginnings of a pretty good séance.

Byredo Candy Darling bougie parfumée, $65, available at Barneys, www.barneys.com.

PLUS: Missed a day? For our complete 12 Days of Christmas gift guide, click here.

Photo: Byredo.com

The Prada Book Tour, London Edition

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Swedish fragrance kingpin Ben Gorham, in town for 24 hours, looked around him at the Prada book launch last night and wondered, “Is everyone always this happy at parties in London? It’s like they’ve just been let out of a cage.” It wasn’t quite that wild, but the crowd of attractive young creatures was doing its best to make up for Miuccia’s no-show (she headed straight back to Milan after the MOCA gala in L.A. on Saturday night). Inevitably, she was on partygoers’ minds. Marc Quinn was remembering her extraordinary generosity when he showed at the Fondazione Prada. “Antagonism…and her childlike quality” were two qualities Russell Marsh said he loved most about the designer. “I couldn’t pinpoint one thing,” added Christopher Kane. “She’s everything.” Her guest list had a bit of everything, too: artist Barry Kamen, Judy Blame channeling Crocodile Dundee, a fresh-from-the-pampas Astrid Muñoz (in Pucci, not Prada), a rare sighting of Suede’s Brett Anderson (aging well), an Erdem Moralioglu/Trish Goff date, a couple of Kennedys (OK, it was Jan and Lulu, not The Other Kind), plus Assisi Jackson with her grandmother Bianca Jagger. And yes, Ben, everyone is always this happy at parties in London…as long as the Billecart-Salmon is flowing.

Photo: Nick Harvey / WireImage