Yep, the name we discussed and pondered over back before Fille de Berlin was released.
This promises to be a gothic lily with incense and iron - pollen heavy and heady. Sounds absolutely gorgeous (providing those metallic notes aren't too hard hitting!)
"Vierge de Fier, the latest perfume to adorn the sumptuous line means "Iron Maiden" (also referenced as 'Virgin of Nuremberg") and recalls the Inquisition dungeons we have come to associate with heavy metal bands, gothic tales and heavy SM tones. Personally it always reminded me of a 1963 Italian film of the same name starring Christopher Lee as the scarred keeper of a castle of torture, and of the blood-curling devices kept in the Museum of Torture in Toledo, Spain.
Apparently this hard-as-nails reference is, however, mixed: the fragrance pays tribute to Serge's own mother! How poignant, since the anthropomorphic device replicates the iconography of Mary, mother of Jesus. Aside from any notions (and involuntary misunderstandings) of grandeur, the concept of tending to fragility, to past traumas for the semi-abandonded Serge (much like a device of torture would reference), who was left to the safekeeping of relatives by his mother at a tender age, is at art's core and thus drives creation. And his fixation with 19th century romanticism and its darker side, all the way through to German Expressionism continues ...
The fragrance focuses on lily (a flower Serge has highlighted previously in his Un Lys) with a mineral, hard and cold aspect that recalls the hardness of iron and incense. According to Lutens himself: "The lily in Vierge de Fer is more glorious than in Un Lys. That one was fresher, more lily-like, actually. It played on the whiteness of lily. This one [Vierge de Fer] plays on the heady aspect. It's a lily whose pollen hasn't been dusted off, it has kept its stamens and anthers. This is a lily which affronts, once again."*
Vierge de Fer will be widely available in September at Les Salons du Palais Royal in the beautiful bell jars of 75 ml eau de parfum concentration and on the official Lutens e-boutique."