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LE MALE: Anatomy of a Fragrance

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It’s hard to believe it was 1995 when Jean Paul Gaultier released his first fragrance, Le Male. I’m sure he didn’t realize then that as of today, every 6 seconds a bottle is sold somewhere in the world. Well such is the case and this past Friday in conjunction with the opening of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn museum, JPG was on hand to discuss its significance.

Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk takes a look at JPG’s avant-garde fashion designs and includes 140 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces and costumes created for and worn by Beyonce and Madonna. The selected pieces are stunning and the talking lifelike mannequins, which were specially created for the exhibit, add a layer of specialness to this incredible experience.

From L to R: Francis Kurkdjian, perfumer and creator of Le Male, Jane Larkworthy, moderator and Beauty Director of W Magazine, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

From L to R: Francis Kurkdjian, perfumer and creator of Le Male, Jane Larkworthy, moderator and Beauty Director of W Magazine, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum


To mark this occasion, Beaute Prestige International held an artist talk where the perfumer behind Le Male, Francis Kurkjdian and the exhibit’s curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot discussed how the scent was created and the influence JPG’s fashion had on it. The panel discussion was moderated by W Magazine’s Jane Larkworthy and included a multi-sensory exploration of the scent. The audience was given a booklet that included scented blotters that explained the layers that make up Le Male and the many advertising campaigns that went into creating the now iconic scent were presented. Listening to Kurkdjian explain his thought process in making the scent and smelling it along the way gave me a new appreciation for it. JPG’s surprise cameo made the experience even more special and he even stuck around for an impromptu autograph session afterwards. Attendees rushed the stage at the end of the talk for him to sign their booklets and I’m not ashamed to say, I was one of them.

Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is an incredible experience and will be on hand at the Brooklyn Museum February 23, 2014. It is a must see.

Good Read..Scents of Spring

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With Daylight Savings going into effect this weekend, we’re all looking forward to spring. Those extra moments of sunlight will be celebrated with outdoor cocktails, breezy strolls and flirty innuendos. As a precursor to the season of relief, LifeStyle Mirror produced a piece about the Scents of Spring. They asked me to be a part and to my surprise, I’m in the midst of great company. My thoughts are alongside Chad Murawczyk of Min New York, David Moltz of DS & Durga, Francis Kurkdjian, Christopher Cervasel of Atelier Cologne and Carlos Huber of Arquiste. Check it out when you have a moment.

Forget about the hour of sleep you lost and look forward to spring baby…it’s right around the corner.

Four Office Friendly Scents That’ll Keep The Peace

Now that summer is behind us and its excesses have become apparent, e.g., one too many beers, I’m putting in time at the gym. During a recent trip, I discovered many if you had the same idea; the gym was packed. As I entered the locker room, a potpourri of aquatic/citrus scents greeted me. It smelled like every guy in there went to the same store and left with the exact same cologne.  Continue reading

A Fragrant Night Out at Osswald

Another Fashion’s Night Out has come and gone and in my own tradition, my night had a fragrant twist. With so many events happening, I decided to take the prudent approach and choose wisely. I went to one event. Continue reading