Elie Saab debuts first fragrance

by Judith Brockless, 05th September, 2011

This Autumn, Lebanese couturier Elie Saab will be revealing his first fragrance for women - Elie Saab Le Parfum. Saab’s twenty-five years as a couturier have inspired him to create a fragrance which he hopes will ‘celebrate the splendour and brilliance of the radiant femininity which has always inspired him.’ Saab’s designs are created without the use of patterns, draping fabric directly onto the body. “I like ‘womanly women’, women who twirl their dresses with desire and pride,” Saab says. “Ever since my childhood in Lebanon, I’ve examined the way they dress, I’ve always wanted to please them by flattering their curves.”

Created by world-renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, Elie Saab Le Parfum is based on a ‘floral, solar, woody theme’, with opening notes of orange blossom, ‘a solar evocation of Mediterranean petals whose light echoes the sun at its height’. The middle notes are jasmine and patchouli, then a white flower bouquet is combined with a cedarwood accord, finally finishing with rose honey.

Designed by Sylvie de France, the bottle was created to reflect Saab’s passion for design and architecture. “I wanted something simple. Straight lines, the rigour of a cube, and the sensation of an object made to be held in the hand, but with the density of beautiful objects,” says Saab. “And as always, light as the overarching theme. For me, light is eternal strength.”

The fragrance collection (1.0 oz EDP $60.00 USD/1.7 oz EDP - $90.00 USD/3.0 oz EDP - $120.00 USD/6.7 oz Body Lotion - $50.00 USD/6.7 oz Shower Crème - $42.00 USD/5.0 oz Body Crème - $85.00 USD [Saks Fifth Avenue Exclusive]) is available in the US now at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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    • Spoombung | 5th September 2011 11:37

      Well they're certainly off to a good start with a great photo!

    • illyria | 5th September 2011 13:17

      So, how do you pronounce his name, anyway? :-) I have a feeling it's not 'Elly'...

      As for the perfume, tried it, liked it. It's got a nice sillage and it stays bright.

    • Fleurine | 5th September 2011 19:07

      Does anyone know how this compares with NR for Her, and APOM? Thanks in advance.

    • Francop | 5th September 2011 22:28

      Sounds very interesting indeed...perfumer Francis Kurkdjian is behind it...hope it is as good as it looks...:smiley:

    • lilkcceleb | 6th September 2011 06:10

      Elly (Ellie, as per the Nordies rep) Saab, like the Saab Car. It's not a bad fragrance. Chose Jimmy Choo over this for mom.

    • illyria | 6th September 2011 14:10

      Thanks lilkcceleb. I also checked the pronunciation with Francis Kurkdjian last night at Liberty *shameless namedrop* :-) I'm never confident with a pronunciation until I've heard someone say it correctly.

      Fleurine - it's different from both of those. It's brighter than APOM, though the orange blossom is there. And it hasn't got the 'clean musk' of NR. (Which is fine by me, as I'm not a fan of that one).

    • Sillage6 | 11th September 2011 04:31

      This really is a cool stunner and really retains the sophistication of French-style perfumery. I was impressed!