When you’ve built your brand and your fashion identity on a single successful product, branching out into other sectors can be daunting and with good reason! Can you imagine Philip Treacy selling bracelets? Or Manolo Blahnik selling makeup? Fashion is fickle, but there are some designers who are up to the challenge of this sink or swim game. Christian Louboutin, who’s status was once cemented in our minds as a stiletto god and red-sole artist, is now building a vastly successful beauty business in small but powerful increments. After creating uber-popular lines of nail colors, lipsticks, and -earlier this year- lip lacquers, the designer is adding another feather to his cap with a new fragrance collection.
The three fragrances are called Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde, and Trouble in Heaven are all intriguing and sultry, just like the Louboutin woman. Each one suits a different mood and has something different to offer from tantalizing heat to feminine sensuality to raw sex appeal.
Bikini Questa Sera
This scent is all about getting hot under the collar, reminiscent of the heat of the day, the sun on hot skin, or the voluptuousness of the beach. As day blends into the evening, the fragrance remains an intimate reminder of sultry heat with notes of jasmine and tuberose. The deep amber and gold colors of the bottle evoke the warm colors of an Egyptian sunset.
“Not a color, but a fragrance and a state of mind,” says the Louboutin website. You don’t have to be a blonde to enjoy the sensual spirit of Tornade Blonde. With notes of a red rose as well as sweet violet and cassis, this fragrance is adventurous, feminine, potent and even a little animalistic. This one is definitely for when you’re in the mood to embrace your wild side. Don’t be fooled by the flowers, this Blonde is no wallflower! Shades of garnet and light gold capture the daring and enchanting spirit of this fragrance.
Trouble in Heaven
An intoxicating blend of iris, patchouli, and tonka absolute and oriental amber, Trouble in Heaven is mysterious and sexy. At once intimate and brazen, this perfume will get heads turning and heartbeats racing. This one should definitely be worn with a cocktail dress and a pair of Louboutin high heels! The colors of royal purple and gold ombré reference the iris which is one of the fragrance notes and also the works of French Art Nouveau glass artist, Emile Gallé.
“I wanted to celebrate woman and her desires. I wanted these fragrances to enhance an aspect of her personality, or perhaps reveal something about her that no one knew before, maybe not even her, tell a secret, a story. In a way creating these fragrances is like being a film director, some directors want to control the acting process, others want to reveal the power of character and personality. This is what I try to evoke with shoes and now with the alchemy of fragrance. I want to give women the means to express themselves and to delight in their femininity,” said Louboutin.
“I want you to experience the fragrance in the same way as you experience a piano note being played. So there is the ‘ping’, the first burst of the scent like the striking of the piano key, followed by a beautiful resonance as the note echoes its sound. There is one present moment, and then there is the trace, le sillage, I think of it as its memory,” he added.
To create the hypnotic bottles, Christian worked alongside Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio. “Thomas is a fantastic designer,” said Christian. “He has wide-eyed energy that I love which he puts into all his work. His design process is the same whether he is working on a building or a bottle.”
Each fragrance is priced at $275 for an 80 ml bottle and can be purchased on the Louboutin website. We’ll be snagging one bottle of each! The fragrances sound irresistible while the bottles are like beautiful pieces of art. We can already tell these will sell out soon so you better order yours as soon as you can!