Fall’s Most Anticipated New Fragrances
While the heat of summer still lingers, transitioning into fall is best approached with subtlety. My favorite way of anticipating cooler temps while it’s still 90 degrees outside is through beauty products, including nail polish, lipstick and fragrance.
Fragrance can be especially romantic, leaving a hint of velvety new scent on your skin while still wearing a sundress. Here are fall’s latest creations that are in anticipation of fall, a few new scents have hit the market and creating a buzz.
Last week, Chanel launched a new chapter in the brand’s fragrance franchise named Chanel Noir. Its predecessors include Coco (1984) and Coco Mademoiselle (2001). Perfumers Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake developed the concept of Chanel Noir by weaving together several major themes from Gabrielle Chanel’s biography, including her time spent traveling, the Baroque and the designer’s affection for Venice, Italy, at night.
The most obvious design reference to previous Chanel scents is the bottle, with thin, clean lines of gold trim. Despite the dramatic change to black lacquer from the traditional clear glass flacon packaging, Chanel Noir still features the brand’s classic rectangular topper.
The scent itself has a deliberate quality of sheerness. “When you first spray it, you’re looking for it—you’re wondering where it is,” said Sheldrake, the house’s director of fragrance research and development. “But once you get it on the skin, there is plenty there. We’re cocooning a bit; people have to come close to you to smell it.”
Chanel Noir’s notes include bergamot, grapefruit, orange, jasmine, rose, geranium, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, incense and white musk.
Chanel Noir (1.7 oz., $98, 3.4 oz., $130). Available at Chanel.com.
Lady Gaga Fame
Chanel’s latest is not the only juice getting the dark treatment. Lady Gaga’s debut perfume, Fame, is housed in an egg-shaped black bottle, designed in collaboration with Nick Knight and inspired by one of Gaga’s most memorable red-carpet moments—when she arrived at the Grammys in an egg.
Two years ago Gaga announced her plans to create a fragrance, boasting that it would have notes of “blood and semen” and would be suited for an “expensive hooker.” Clearly, she has a penchant for shock tactics; thankfully, she wasn’t serious.
Fame’s scent is built around three themes: dark, sensual and light. Working together to create a floral, fruity fragrance, the star ingredient, belladonna—a deadly herb—mixes with pulverized apricot, saffron and honey drops. Early reviews reveal that the scent is addictively sweet (perhaps a take on Gaga’s addiction to the fragrance’s namesake?).
A notable feature of Fame is that it’s the first ever black eau de parfum. Inside the bottle, the liquid is dark and murky, but becomes clear when airborne.
“The fragrance is called Fame. It must be black,” Lady Gaga told Vogue. “It must be enticing. You must want to lick and touch and feel it, but the look of it must terrify you.”
Lady Gaga Fame (1.7 oz., $55, 3.4 oz., $79) Available at Nordstrom.com.
If the dark and sensual are not what you’re feeling for fall, maybe something both modern and nostalgic is more appropriate. Enter German publisher Gerhard Steidl, master perfumer Geza Schoen and Wallpaper* magazine, who have collaborated on Paper Passion, a new unisex fragrance with packaging by Karl Lagerfeld.
The fragrance was conceived at last year’s Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition in Milan. The magazine’s execs were inspired by a comment Steidl made in the film How to Make a Book With Steidl, to the effect that his favorite scent is “freshly printed books.” The two collaborated with perfumer Schoen to capture the particular bouquet of freshly printed books in a bottle.
Packaged inside the pages of a “book,” Paper Passion is accompanied by texts from Karl Lagerfeld, Günter Grass, Schoen and Tony Chambers.
“You have a book, you open it, there’s a bottle inside and it smells of a book,” noted Schoen. “It might be quirky, but the idea has a simplicity, a linearity.”
Paper Passion, $79. Available at Steidlville.com
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