By and  on April 26, 2006

PARIS — It looks like Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren's appreciation for Rufus Wainwright goes beyond clothes.

Not only will the singer-songwriter wear Viktor & Rolf when he takes the stage at Carnegie Hall June 15 and 16 for a reprise of Judy Garland's 1961 concert, Wainwright is also linked to the designers' first men's scent for fragrance partner L'Oréal, WWD has learned.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Horsting declined to go into details for fear of "spoiling the surprise." But Wainwright's involvement will be explained when the scent is launched at an event also slated for June in New York.

The men's fragrance, a follow-up to last year's launch of Flowerbomb, is expected to arrive at retail in September.

Horsting and Snoeren met Wainwright late last year during an interview for Butt magazine for its spring 2006 issue. "We only discovered his music last year. We felt so stupid, like we missed something," Horsting confessed. "We were hooked. He's just an amazing musician."

The designers subsequently dressed Wainwright in a checked tuxedo-style jacket for a performance in Amsterdam, their home base, and are currently working on costumes for his Carnegie Hall appearance.

"More and more, we have the feeling that what really attracts us in people is not that they look good, but that they have the right mind style," Horsting said. "[Wainwright] is a true original."

Not that his music wafts through the Viktor & Rolf studio, where the designers are also working on future women's wear and men's wear collections. "When we work, we work in silence," Horsting noted.

Separately on Tuesday, Oslo airport authorities banned the sale of Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb fragrance at its concessions because of security concerns. The airport's information manager, Jo Kobro, said the scent "has packaging like a hand grenade, which is not in accordance with Norwegian security rules that forbid the sale of weapons or weapon look-alikes and forbid them to be taken through airport security."

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