The Fragrance Foundation’s French and German affiliates held their respective fragrance awards ceremonies in Paris and Berlin last week.
The Fragrance Foundation France and Marie Claire held the Grand Prix du Parfum 2009 — France’s version of the FiFi Awards — Monday evening, May 11. Among the laureates were the Chloé fragrance for best women’s scent in selective distribution and women’s fragrance bottle.
Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million swept the best men’s fragrance in selective distribution, best men’s scent advertising and best men’s fragrance bottle categories. The award for best women’s scent advertising went to Jean Paul Gaultier’s Ma Dame.
The prize for best fragrance in limited distribution was given to Giorgio Armani’s Collection Onde. Diptyque’s Collections Les Hespérides came in first in the category of best fragrance in exclusive distribution, and L’Occitane’s Notre Flore Jasmin got the gold in the category for the best fragrance sold in a brand’s own store.
Later in the week, the Duftstars, Germany’s Perfume Awards, celebrated the country’s favorites at a gala event Friday evening.
The Fragrance Foundation Deutschland asked members of the industry to choose the best new releases and classics and the public also voted for a People’s Prize.
Winners in the Exclusive category were Tom Ford White Patchouli, and Marc Jacobs Fig, as well as Bulgari Jasmine Noir and Dior Homme Sport in Prestige. Kate Moss Velvet Hour, which launched in Berlin almost a year ago, took the win for women’s Lifestyle fragrance; the men’s prize went to Replay for Him by Replay.
Chanel Allure and Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male both received the Classic Award.
Also each year, an industry talent is singled out for special recognition — this year, fashion designer Christian Audigier was feted for his prowess with the Ed Hardy brand and he received the Duftstar Marketing prize.
In the People’s Prize Prestige category, the women’s winner was Chloé and men’s was Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men. In the People’s Prize Lifestyle category, Bruno Banani Magic Woman took women’s honors, while Bruno Banani Magic Man won on the men’s side.
Red-carpet guests at the event included model Eva Padberg, designer Jette Joop, and Miss Germany 2009, Doris Schmidts.
“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