Talk about a drink with a twist: Inspired by the molecular cooking movement, Dario Comini dreamt up “Scent” cocktails as a way for his customers to sample their favorite fragrances in a new way. At his eclectic Milanese bar, Nottingham Forest, Comini pours a concoction of liquor, spices and juices—often using notes of a particular fragrance—into a white glass goblet, and serves it with a few spritzes of the same scent. Comini claims the goblet’s form allows the cocktail to mix with the fragrance’s vapors for a multisensorial experience.
“Taste is 60 percent influenced by smell,” he says. “If you put a peg on your nose and tasted a slice of apple and potato, you won’t be able to tell them apart.”
This winter, Nottingham Forest’s menu carries three “Scent” cocktails inspired by best-selling fragrances: Anaïs Anaïs by Cacharel, a favorite of female customers, is made with a flower-based liqueur. Sicily by Dolce & Gabbana (the drink) features lime, vanilla and vodka as its key ingredients, and Jean Paul Gaultier 2, a hit with the bar’s gay male clientele, is a potent rum and bitters drink laced with port.
The lineup changes each season. Stuffed with paraphernalia from around the world, the bar itself is considered one of Milan’s most intimate and kooky, and boasts more than 500 drinks on its list. The “Scent” cocktails are among the most ordered.
Notes Comini: “They’re very popular with clients who are fragrance lovers.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast