Celine has seen a drastic overhaul since new artistic, creative, and image director Hedi Slimane came on board. The former Saint Laurent and Dior Homme designer has sparked polarised responses — much of that outrage — with changes in Celine that include the doing away of the accented ‘e’ in the name and the elegant, quietly powerful aesthetic for his signature style of sexed-up rock ‘n’ roll glamour. Now, Slimane is once again making waves with the debut of a new fragrance at Celine.
Celine has steered clear of fragrances for a long time. Its first foray into perfumery was in 1964, with the creation of the Vent Fou — means “wild wind” in French — comprised of a fresh, green blend of galbanum, jasmine and rose. Its last scent, the Celine Collection Pastel, was launched under Interparfums, which once held the brand’s fragrance license.
Here’s what we know so far about the new haute perfumerie collection. It’s made up of 11 scents for both men and women, with names like “Saint-Germain-Des-Pres”, and “Eau De Californie”. “Black Tie” and “Nightclubbing” hint at a darker, more sensual style that the maison is now known for. As for the flacons, they are rectangular-shaped and designed by Slimane himself in a modernist style, but traditionally crafted by French glassmakers.
The Celine Haute Parfumerie collection will be available in all Celine boutiques in late October.