KATY’S CLASSROOM: Katy Perry was in studious form when she held a scent workshop to launch her latest fragrance with Coty — called Killer Queen’s Royal Revolution — at London’s Rosewood Hotel Friday. The singer piped up with plenty of her own questions for perfumer Pierre Negrin of Firmenich, who worked with Perry and Coty to create the fragrance.
“I’m very curious — whenever I do something, I want to know about the whole process, how it happens — do you take those flowers [in the fragrance] and just steam the oil out? How does that happen, how do you get there?” said Perry, who was clad in a teal green Versace leather minidress, with green streaks dyed into her black bob.
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During the workshop, Perry and Negrin helped the gathered editors re-create the fragrance from its various notes, which include pink freesia, jasmine and blackthorn, with Perry choosing the latter ingredient for its supposedly mystical properties. “They used to use it in the Middle Ages to cast spells with it, so I’m all about that,” she said.
Afterward, Perry chatted about everything from her style maxims to beauty icons.“I like Liz Taylor, and I love the spontaneous excitement of Daphne Guinness and the punk rock…of Chloë Sevigny,” she said. Fashionwise, Perry said she’s currently “obsessed with Nineties Versace and Chanel” and likes to channel “a soft grunge look.”
Discussing her collaboration with Coty, Perry noted that she takes a full-on approach to the fragrances. “[The fragrances] take up a lot of time, but they’re a very pleasurable experience. They’re very creative, it’s not like I just get handed something. We all kind of dream this up together,” she said.
Perry mused that nails is another beauty avenue she’s considering exploring. “I’ve always wanted to venture into nails, but…it hasn’t worked out just right just yet,” she said. “But I love to show my personality off, whether it’s in the lip color or nail bed. It’s just like, God is in the details, so I like the little things to be detailed.”