BERLIN — Hermès perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena was celebrated on Thursday night by the German fragrance industry. The French master perfumer was on hand to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Duftstars Gala.
New and iconic scents were also honored at the ceremony, held for the first time in Kraftwerk Berlin, a power station repurposed into a venue and club space.
In the Exclusive segment, Tom Ford Velvet Orchid and Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extrȇme received accolades, while Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum and Guerlain Vétiver were lauded as classics. David Beckham Classic Blue and Helene Fischer That’s Me! — a German celebrity scent created by Douglas Perfumeries — took top marks in the Lifestyle category.
In a spirited live voting event, Duftstars attendees chose Viktor & Rolf Bonbon as best print campaign, and Baz Luhrmann’s Chanel No. 5 ad with Gisele Bündchen as best TV spot. Valentino Uomo received the most nods for best bottle design.
The publicly chosen People’s Prize went to Boss Ma Vie Pour Femme and Cool Water Night Dive.
YSL Beauté’s Black Opium picked up the prize in the women’s Prestige category, and a Prestige win for Terre d’Hermès Eau Très Fraîche brought a smiling Jean-Claude Ellena on stage again to receive the final Duftstars award of the evening.