NEW YORK — Michael Kors, one of America’s most traveled designers, has come up with a fragrance concept that matches his wanderlust — Island Michael Kors.
It is the first scent to be launched since the Estée Lauder Cos. acquired the charismatic designer’s fragrance license from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in May 2003. The fragrance will be launched this spring.
“And I think I’ll do personal appearances only in places that are islands — like Capri and Hawaii,” Kors cracked during a recent interview at his Midtown headquarters. Noting that he grew up on an island — “Long Island, that is” — Kors professes to have an affinity for them. “I now live in Manhattan, vacation in Capri, the Caribbean — the connecting thread is an island theme,” he said. “An island can be a total escape, it can be glamorous, it can be suburban. There’s something about seeing a horizon that gives you a change of perspective.”
Kors’ first scent, the tuberose-infused Michael Kors, was first released by LVMH in September 2000, followed by a men’s version in September 2001. A second women’s fragrance, Kors Michael Kors, was released by LVMH in February 2003 and is no longer being produced. But Kors obviously believes the third time’s the charm.
“There’s room for more than one,” said Kors of his scent lineup. “The first fragrance was all about intense indulgence. This one’s all about casual living — you can wear it to the gym, or you can wear it to a black-tie event. It’s like your astrological sign. You have your sun sign and your rising sign. This scent is my rising sign.” (For the record, Kors is a Leo with Aquarius rising.)
The juice, developed by the Estée Lauder Cos.’ Karyn Khoury in cooperation with International Flavors and Fragrances, opens with notes of Kauai waterfalls, oxygenated water and Chinese kiwi; relaxes into a middle accord of hydroponic honeysuckle, parrot tulip, champaca flowers, ginger lily, shimmering Bulgarian rose and stephanotis, and dries down with white bark accord, Galapagos driftwood and rice fields.
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