Une collection masculine-féminine pour le jour et la nuit
CELINE’S CURRENT DESIGNS ARE BASED ALMOST ENTIRELY ON THE FRENCH STYLE OF THE 1970s, WITH ITS TYPICAL CODES AND PATTERNS, BUT THE FRAGRANCE COLLECTION ALSO BLENDS IN SEAMLESSLY WITH THIS LINE, REVIVING THE CLASSIC FRENCH PERFUMERY OF THE ERA.
The story of Celine fragrances did not just begin last year with the creation of the new line. Back in 1964, the traditional Parisian house launched its first fragrance VENT FOU – a floral green composition with notes of galbanum, jasmine and rose, available as a fresh eau de toilette. However, the perfume line was not pursued further and the fragrance was soon forgotten. But more than 50 years later, VENT FOU has been the inspiration to bring a new touch to the maison – the first Celine Haute Parfumerie collection, created under chief designer Hedi Slimane.
The line consists of eleven different fragrances and illustrates the most important stages in the designer’s life, translated into an olfactory experience. A reminder of very special times and stages in life – an essential translation of a memory of moments, places and people.
Celine’s current designs are based almost entirely on the French style of the 1970s, with its typical codes and patterns, but the fragrance collection also blends in seamlessly with this line, reviving the classic French perfumery of the era. The compositions make use of classic notes that can be found in the French perfumery of the 1970s, like iris root, moss, bergamot and sandalwood.
Together with a powdery footnote, a perfume line has been created that combines timelessness with a touch of nostalgia. The fragrance collection of Celine is unisex – masculine-feminine/feminine-masculine or simply gender neutral. Each note was intentionally selected to blur the lines between typical male and female notes. They are only separated into two worlds: day and night. So far, nine of the eleven fragrances have been introduced, six of them are classified into daytime and three into nighttime. The honey-colored scents are adapted to the passing of the day, PARADE is the brightest scent, NIGHTCLUBBING the darkest shade – reflecting the deepest night. A well-designed concept and aesthetically very satisfying when you think of the entirety of the fragrances and see the collection standing completely side by side.
THE DESIGN WAS REFINED WITH A SIMPLE BLACK SCREW TOP WITH THE TRIOMPHE INSIGNIA, THE EMBLEM OF THE MAISON
―IN THIS WAY TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS ARE COMBINED WITH A MODERN DESIGN.
Celine is of course also a house of objects, which is also visible in the design of the flacon. Somewhere between French Art Déco and international modernism is the best way to describe the look of the glass bottle, which is formed from pure and wavy lines. The design was refined with a simple black screw top with the ‘Triomphe’ insignia, the emblem of the Maison – in this way traditional elements are combined with a modern design.
DANS PARIS and BLACK TIE. Day and night. Light and dark. Opposites. DANS PARIS feels like the French capital summed up in a bottle – modern romance and vibrancy. The bright blue sky over the Seine, a cabriolet-drive through the streets of the city.
The passing house facades, wind blows through the hair. An elegant and powdery scent. With bergamot and coriander seeds in the top note. With vanilla, laurel blossom and a hint of musk. BLACK TIE is dark. A preference for black. Clearly settled in the night. An evening event. A date night. There is a clear dress code. A composition of vanilla, cedar, tree moss and a touch of iris.