BERLIN — Germany’s fragrance industry gathered to celebrate their own Thursday night at the Duftstars awards gala. The evening marked the 25th edition of the prizes, an initiative of the German Fragrance Foundation.
Mathilde Laurent, in-house perfumer at Cartier, was lauded with the Duftstars Personality Prize.
“Mathilde Laurent consistently surprises and excites the industry and the public with her creations,” commented Martin Ruppmann, head of the German Fragrance Foundation and the VKE, Germany’s association of cosmetics producers.
“Her compositions are distinguished by confident and effortless interpretations of tradition, resulting in pleasingly unconventional and innovative concepts,” he continued. “She enriches the fragrance world regularly with creations, adding new dimensions to perfumery.”
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Hermès had a strong showing, taking home trophies in the women’s exclusive category for Hermès Galop d’Hermès, and in the classic category for Un Jardin sur le Nil.
Lifestyle category accolades were bestowed upon James Bond 007 for Women II and David Beckham Beyond Forever, while the publicly chosen people’s prize went to 1 Million Privé by Paco Rabanne and Hugo Boss The Scent for Her.
New this year is the Artistic Independent Perfume prize, announced just a few weeks before the ceremony. The 26 nominees ran the gamut from Diptyque’s iconic Philosykos, first released in 1996, to small Berlin niche brand Urban Scents’ Vetiver Réunion, launched in 2016.
The winner was Ambergreen from Oliver & Co. Perfumes, released last year by the niche brand from Spanish DJ-turned perfumer Oliver Valverde.
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