Jasmine, rose, lily of the valley. Classic, yes. Stodgy, no, as you’ll discover in the new crop of rich floral fragrances.
Hermes Kelly Calèche With a four-figure price tag and mile-long waiting list, an Hermès Kelly bag may be out of reach for most. Happily, its newest fragrance, which infuses leather with a floral twist, isn’t. ($75-$110; Hermès)
Givenchy L’Interdit Audrey Hepburn was furious when Hubert de Givenchy launched this in 1957—up until then, the blend of aldehydes, rose, iris and tonka bean was hers alone. Now, in honor of its 50th birthday, Givenchy is reintroducing the storied scent. ($85; Nordstrom)
Yves Rocher Rose Absolute Cinnamon and tonka bean add a modern note to a profusion of Bulgarian and Turkish roses. ($47; Yves Rocher Beauty Centres)
Lalique Le Parfum Lalique’s hand-blown bottle is as unique as its contents. Accents of laurel, almond and cumin highlight jasmine, heliotrope and Egyptian violet leaf. ($150-$750; Neiman Marcus)
Chanel No. 5 Eau Première Perfumer Jacques Polge updates an icon with ylang-ylang from the Comoro Islands and jasmine from Chanel’s fields in France. ($125; Chanel counters)
Leiber Leiber’s first scent is as lustrous as its crystal-encrusted minaudières: Bergamot, magnolia and mimosa provide sparkle, rose and jasmine richness. ($95-$110; Bloomingdale’s)
Very Michael Kors The monogrammed flacon contains a twist on Kors’ original tuberose fragrance: Citrus, Chinese osmanthus and golden sugarcane bring out the flower’s sensuality. ($65; Lord & Taylor)
Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia One whiff and you’ll understand why Aerin Lauder kept this blend private for years. Neroli, lilac and rosewood form the top notes; orange flower, jasmine and white lily the middle, carnation and vanilla bourbon the base. ($65-$300; Saks)
Manuel Canovas Ballade Verte From the French fabric house, violet leaves, ylang-ylang and ginger mingle with sandalwood, vanilla and white musk. ($95; Bergdorf Goodman)
“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
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
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