With the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Celine’s artistic, creative and image director in 2018, a new era of the French fashion house was birthed. From the replacement of the previous accented logo to the debut of the brand’s first male collection, Slimane has been dedicated to steering the brand in a fresh, new direction.
And now, the man is introducing fragrances to Celine’s offerings. Come October, the brand will be opening the doors of its first Haute Parfumerie boutique in Paris, which will house this 11-piece fragrance line that’s suitable for daytime and evening wear. As for us here in Singapore, we’ll be able to take a sniff of nine of the perfumes at Celine stores in October and the remaining two in 2020.
Slimane’s Haute Parfumerie collection will feature modern, gender-neutral fragrances that deliberately steer away from traditionally masculine and feminine notes in its accords and compositions. This seems only natural coming from Slimane, what with the man’s penchant for questioning the societal norms of gender through his collections and photographs.
Expect the fragrances to be stamped with Slimane’s powdery signature, which informed his olfactory creations in 2004 when he reigned as Dior Homme’s creative director too. Slimane also meant for this faceted (see: not basic like short compositions) collection to reflect the classicism and sophistication of the Parisian spirit. How? He does so by playing on emblematic notes of French perfumery from the ’60s and ’70s such as tree moss, iris, rose or chypre accords – since they are seen as timeless markers of perfumes back then.
Even the perfume’s bottle that was designed by Slimane himself draws inspiration from an aesthetic that was inherited from late 17th-century classicism. The bottle has sharp-edged fluting and a black lacquered cap to reflect minimalism with a side of art deco.