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MARNI Fragrance
MARNI Fragrance

Way back in November I sat down with Trudi Loren who is the Vice President, Corporate Fragrance Development at Estèe Lauder Companies. She was in Toronto to introduce Marni’s first fragrance to members of the press. I’m a big fan of Marni and head designer Consuelo Castiglioni. I see her clothing in person at Holt Renfrew and I find myself coveting everything. I wanted to know if she could translate that feeling to a fragrance. Marni isn’t stereotypical feminine either, how would that translate into scent.

MARNI Fragrance Preview
MARNI Fragrance Preview

Trudi starts with the origins of the fragrance. Consuelo had specific ideas for the fragrance when she met with Estèe Lauder perfumers. They tweaked her custom fragrance after numerous design cycles using their knowledge to take the fragrance to market and still be true to Consuelo vision of Marni. She was very involved in every step of the design process, treating it like editing a collection.

MARNI Fragrance Preview
MARNI Fragrance Preview

The starting point was typically material: it was woods and spices and the incense that Consuelo wanted, somehow reminiscent the woody landscapes of her Swiss days in St Moritz. But that was just the initial input. Subtle contrast and sudden accents were what she was looking for. Consuelo worked intensively and extensively to arrive to the final olfactory narrative and its multifaceted subtleness. Her aim, always, is to avoid pre-conceived ideas. Typically, the perfume she had in mind was a bit masculine: woody and bitter. The addition of rose, smoothed and softened the scent, while pink peppercorn added an element of effervescent quirkiness, much like an accessory. The final result is unexpected. (source:press release)

MARNI Fragrance Preview
MARNI Fragrance Preview

The fragrance contains many things I love like Bergamot, Cardamom and Cedarwood. Marni skews more masculine and androgynous scent which I really like. I have a few mens fragrances in my collection that I enjoy wearing. Top notes are Bergamot, Pepper, Ginger and Pink Peppercorn. Heart notes are Cardamom, Rose and Cinnamon Bark. Bottom notes are Patchouli, Incense, Vetiver and Cedarwood. At the preview I received a sample of the Marni fragrance and I’ve worn it a lot since then. I had an instant connection with this fragrance, it pushed all the right buttons for me. I enjoy wearing it day after day and I’m usually someone who likes to switch it up.

The Marni fragrance collection is available at Holt Renfrew.

Marni Eau De Parfum 120 ml: $175, Marni Eau De Parfum 65 ml: $125, Marni Body Lotion 200 ml: $62,Marni Shower Gel 200 ml: $52, Marni Body Crème 200 ml: $95, Marni Purse Spray 10 ml with Huggy Doll: $60

images: me, marni.com and courtesy of Marni

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – 1932

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – 1932

Silly me mixed up my dates and I missed the launch for the newest fragrance in the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection. I was really excited about it because it would mean playtime at the beautiful Chanel fragrance bar in the Holt Renfrew Bloor Street store.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL collection is a modern take on the fragrances created by Ernest Beaux, Chanel’s original nose and Coco Chanel in the 20s and 30s.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – 1932

Chanel’s current nose, Jacques Polge launched the collection 2007 and has released more fragrances over the year. These fragrances all take inspiration from the history of the house and each one explores a singular theme.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – Advert for Chanel Fragrances

1932 is the year that Chanel launched her first designer jewellery collection in her home. The Bijoux de Diamants collection had stars, comets, crescent moons and suns; all inspiration from the lights and signs that shine at night on the Champs-Élysées.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
CHANEL  Comet Necklace, 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – 1932

In 2012, Jacques Polge creates the Bijoux de Diamants Collection inspired fragrance. 1932 includes top notes of Aldehydes, Bergamot, Neroli, middle notes of Carnation, Jasmine, Lilac, Rose, Ylang Ylang and base notes of Musk, Coumarin, Mulberry, Ambrette (Musk Mallow), Orris Root, Incense, Opoponax, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Vetiver.(source) I’m a fan of fruity, floral and woody fragrances so I do like 1932. Initially, it’s very floral smelling but after an hour it calms right down and the woodiness comes to the forefront.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection – Jacques Polge

1932 is available at select Chanel Boutiques and the Chanel Espaces Parfums in the Bloor Street, Vancouver and Montreal Holt Renfrew locations. The collection is $145.00 for 75ml and $240 for 200ml.

Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection - 1932
Les Exclusifs de CHANEL Collection

Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection also includes

  • Jersey (Aromatic Floral Powdery)
  • Beige (Powdery Floral)
  • Sycomore (Woody)
  • No. 22 (Aldehydic Powdery Floral)
  • Gardénia (Floral)
  • Bois Des Iles (Oriental Woody)
  • Cuir de Russie (Leather Oriental)
  • 31 Rue Cambon (Smooth Woody Floral)
  • No. 18 (Oriental Fruity Woody)
  • Coromandel (Woody Oriental)
  • Bel Respiro (Green Floral)
  • 28 La Pausa (Powdery Woody Floral)
  • Eau de Cologne (Citrus)

Like, 1932 they all retail for $145.00 for 75ml and $240 for 200ml.

images: courtesy of Chanel, chanel.com