Thanks for the info. Hopefully this will be something good.
The following in an exert from a recent interview Francis Kurkdjian gave, where by he discussed a collaboration with designer Rick Owens, which has seemingly been in the works for years.
Hopefully this is something which will be released soon!
Rick Owens:I recently read that you loved Rick Owens and that you worked for him.
For me, Rick Owens is the new Azzedine Alaïa. There is no one else like him. He has consistency, a vision, a rigor, and he makes no compromise. He has an extraordinary aesthetic sense. I work closely with him. Rick wanted a custom-made scent. So someone introduced me to him four years ago. He didn't have the same notoriety then.
He was not what he is today. So I met him, and I went to his headquarters, and we worked on the scent together. It's just the two of us. There is no one else during our meetings. We communicated by phone or email. Now we've just finished the two fragrances. The launch is planned for next year, if everything goes well. He really is uncompromising. I don't know anyone else like him.
Did he challenge you?
First he told me “I want it to be as popular as Angel.” I'm like an actor. I work for people. I try to interpret their visions. If I always did the same perfume, I'd be bored. So I looked at his inspirations, his models. I ask myself, Why do they walk this way? Why do they look like amazons? You know, there is a specific Rick Owens look. It's very sharp. When I go there, I'm sure people think I'm the deliveryman. I don't have the Rick Owens look, although I love what he does. I don't have the guts to wear his clothes.
Plus, Rick is super-elegant. He is the only designer who invites me to all his shows. Meeting Rick Owens is something I will never forget. I am more than proud he trusted me to create his fragrance. You know, I wasn't the best at my perfumery school. But then eventually something will be triggered in your mind, and then suddenly you'll get things. The important thing is motivation, and the love of the job. By dint of working, you can make it. But you need thus unremitting effort and this love of great work. You should also want to service your art.
The scent idea is one I’ve been mulling over for a while. I like perfume. Scent is one of those mysteries of memory, allure and dreams that’s so tempting to harness, manipulate and possess. But perfume can be a big business that might take a label further than I’m willing to go right now. If it’s done with one of the larger fragrance companies, their distribution and promotion might be overly enthusiastic and a bit hard to restrain. Not that I need to lose sleep over it because no one’s asking me.
So I’m just producing it myself with a master perfumer in Paris whose work I’ve followed over the years. I have no deadline or boundaries and have gotten exactly what I want. It’s like sinking into a beautiful, dense, slightly unhealthy Gustave Moreau painting. Well, to me at least.
Although expect something a little off beat and challenging! Not sure if he's talking about the same scent, this may just be a quirky one off commission he's had made for his stores.
Full interview with FK here.But first, this morning I have to go to my store in the Palais Royal to test the scent diffuser that’s been installed. I’ve had a personal scent made and want to have it fill the shops, but frankly, everyone hates it but me. It has Easter lily, civet, eucalyptus and a mothball-like pungency. I admit it might be a little challenging.
Thanks for the info. Hopefully this will be something good.
it should be interesting to see how it plays out. Thanks for this.
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I am sure the Rick Owen's fragrance will be polarizing just as Mcqueen's Kingdom was.
I've read that interview with Rick and even though I like his designs the idea of his personal fragrance (easter lily and civet) doesn't sound like something wearable...
Awesome. Love Rick Owens. Wasn't more than a couple of days ago I was wondering if he and his wife wore perfume.
The launch date?
Thanks for posting this! Being a fan of Rick Owens and Francis Kurkdjian, I think this could be spectacular... and/or too weird to wear. Looking forward to finding out.
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I have no idea who Rick Owens is but if Francis Kurkdjian is creating a fragrance for his line then I'm all for it! It looks like they're really going all out with this fragrance and I can't wait to read some reviews and maybe blind buy it in the future if the price is affordable. I bet this will be one that will be discontinued quickly soon after release but will be highly sought after in the future.
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I highly anticipate this release from among two of my favourite creators in their respective fields.
His interior designing my be a source of inspiration and is usually based on marble, wood and taxidermy. Which might explain the introduction of civet in the fragrance, with the hope that Kurkjian can pull a new trick similar to the wet concrete accord in NR For Him, as a representation of cold marble.
Considering his business practices and the time he has put on this project, I would think this may be a signature fragrance for his brand.
On the other hand, will he go the Cavin Klein route in producing a fragrance for the masses?
His clothing used to be "street couture" worn only by bourgois goths and Yamamoto affectionados, until Kanye West pushed it into the the hip hop realm, thus into the mainstream. If this venture is used for, and is successful at popularizing Owens to the masses (this consumer reaction is dependent on the price point below the niche market as Klein did), as other fragrances have for fashion designers in the past, then I would definitely see future release to be limited releases (with those having the exclusive price points).
It's all very exciting news indeed, thanks for the heads up Duke!
Last edited by Arij; 5th February 2014 at 11:50 PM.
Having used some pairs of Rick Owens´ creations, I would say that his perfume will smell like Yatagan, M or Bel Ami.
It must be dark, leathery, dark woody, cold etc..
If he wants his creations to be as famous as Angel, then I will bet that the price will move in the mainstream..
I can't wait to get a whiff of this stuff. I am not afraid of wearing Rick Owens, nor will I have a problem wearing this. Like you Temptation, I hope it is dark, leathery, and woody.
He's a very talented designer. Too bad his clothes don't fit me
Love the packaging
Before reading this, I'd never heard of Rick Owens.
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I'm all ears. Rick Owens is perhaps (one of) my favorite designers EVER.
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Has anyone heard anything further on this? I'm curious to see what became of this.
I smelled the fragrance last year. some/things magazine did a story on the fragrance and the issue came wrapped in a Rick Owens cashmere sleeve scented with the lilly fragrance. At first I thought there was no fragrance (i don't think cashmere is the best for keeping scent)... But after a few deep inhales the smell of rotting flowers was there. Just like any Rick owens creation, it was beautiful and made me uncomfortable at the same time.
If anyone is interested in the article I can post some photos. It was quite beautiful!
While I respect RO I hate his aesthetic, especially the streetwear end... the tailored looks can be quite good, though they aren't what made him famous. The streetwear is way too heavily influenced by gang wear, I saw it develop in east coast cities when I was growing up and to me the relationship with gangs is way too obvious and makes me uncomfortable.
Anyway, I'd expect his fragrance to be nearly as polarizing as his clothing.