Have you ever wondered where designer perfumes get their inspirations to craft that one-of-a-kind scent? These five iconic labels complement their housename bags, baubles and shoes with signature standouts that are anything but trendy.
Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum
From luxurious lace frocks to their signature woven totes and stone necklaces, the company’s pieces convey a certain timelessness. Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier took the same tack with the brand’s newest fragrance, combining bergamot, patchouli and oak moss. “More than anything, I want this to be a classic,” Maier says. “It’s built to last.”
Along with transforming the brand’s iconic trench into new incarnations of brightly colored wool and fur—and presenting caselike bags for the fall season—Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey launched Burberry Body, the line’s boldest fragrance yet, featuring a blend of rose, iris, and woodsy notes.
“It’s romantic, but with a sharp side,” says Givenchy’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, of his first fragrance, Dahlia Noir, which—with a recipe of rose, iris, and patchouli that’s both mysterious and elegant—is in keeping with his floral-accented clutch.
Say the word “lady” and the first designer who probably comes to mind is Oscar de la Renta. Whether it’s a wedding dress, a ballgown, or a jewel-encrusted open-toe pump, de la Renta’s signature elegance is front and center. His new scent, Live In Love, reflects a floral mix of bergamot, hyacinth, and lily of the valley. “It’s something you identify with,” de la Renta says. “It’s like an invisible dress.”
“Women forgot about the magic of perfume,” says Diane von Furstenberg. “It’s something that’s been used since antiquity to seduce.” Like most of her creations—from her lively wrap dresses to her rings, created in partnership with H. Stern—Diane, her new fragrance sparkles with frangipani and violet warmed with myrrh, musk, and patchouli.
What’s your signature scent?