Bond No. 9 founder and owner Laurice Rahmé wonders where all the women in the fragrance business have gone.Accepting an award from the International Perfume Bottle Association, known as IPBA, on May 5 in Princeton, N.J., Rahmé lamented the lack the feminine touch in contemporary packaging.“I find them [bottles] masculine…it makes sense because they are men,” she said referring the current leaders in the industry. “I don’t see many women, before there were a lot of women in the industry. I don’t know what they are doing, but they are not in our business right now.”Rahmé was honored for her artistry in bottle design, her business acumen and passion by the IPBA, the first award of its kind for the association. Annette Green, president emeritus of The Fragrance Foundation and a member of the planning board for IPBA, and International Flavors & Fragrances’ Laurent Le Guernec accompanied Rahmé.[caption id="attachment_10883443" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Annette Green, Laurent Le Guernec and Laurice Rahmé[/caption]During her presentation, she shared the history of Bond No. 9 including challenges finding a bottle to match her groundbreaking concept. Frustrated with companies showing her “the same round or square bottle,” she looked outside the industry for inspiration, landing on the star-shaped human-like bottle that can be “dressed” up to convey the concept behind the scent. “Wall Street looks very masculine, we can give a bottle a necklace or give it a lipstick,” she said referring to Bond No. 9’s new Nolita, billed as the first fragrance-lipstick duo. Many collectors in attendance purchased Nolita, which Rahmé autographed.[caption id="attachment_10883424" align="aligncenter" width="224"] The Perfume Bottle Auction.[/caption]The award was part of a three-day event, which also included a perfume bottle and vintage vanity show, lectures on collecting, a bottle design contest and a Perfume Bottle Auction expected to bring in more than $450,000 — one Lalique bottle fetched $30,000 — when tallied. Among the 250 treasures up for auction were an 1820 Charles x Palais Royal Baccarat perfume fountain, a Twenties Czechoslovakian Ingride lapis crystal perfume bottle and stopper and 1926 DeVilbiss Imperial perfume bottle, according to Ken Leach, director of Perfume Bottles Auction.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews