1957 is a fragrance project that would terrify most perfumers; like a painting created almost entirely in shades of white, it is a perfume composed mostly of white musks; a reinterpretation of US musk-based fragrances, but articulated in Polge’s voice. He enjoys the challenge.
— Perfumer Olivier Polge talks to Irish Times about Chanel 1957, which goes into wider distribution this month. Read more at 1957: Chanel’s new fragrance is as subversive as Coco herself.
As I strolled in downtown Seattle at Christmastime, the cold, moist air was scented with pungent whiffs of “fragrance” — a fragrance I would buy if it came in a bottle. No, I wasn’t smelling snickerdoodles baking in ovens, espresso, chocolate or evergreen trees; all around me floated the scents of thousands of sweet box flowers, horse sweat and…yes…horse merde. A mounted police officer’s horse relieved herself right next to the blossoming plants and created a superb floral musk bomb. (Parfum d’Empire: get on the case!) While relishing this “street accord” I thought to myself: “How many people would enjoy this scent as much as I do?” Maybe you have to come from horse-loving, plant-loving Virginia? Or England? Or just notice the floral notes in horse manure and the fecal facets of certain flowers?
Chanel will launch 1957, a new addition to the Les Exclusifs collection. The fragrance is reportedly being introduced at the brand’s flagship store on 57th Street in New York City, which will re-open today after two years of renovations. The last fragrance added to the Les Exclusifs collection was Boy, in 2016…