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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.