Celine have released Haute Parfumerie, a collection of 11 fragrances- their first venture into perfume since the Vent Fou scent back in 1964. Announced in August earlier this year, nine of the fragrances are available to buy now with two more to follow in 2020. Brought into fruition by Hedi Slimane, the French luxury brand's artistic, creative and image director, the collection has been designed as an ode to Slimane's hometown with each scent reflecting a facet of the Parisian experience. The perfumes further define the refined, sophisticated French temperament of the couture house, whilst promising to give Slimane followers a glimpse into the notoriously private designer's mind.
Haute Parfumerie is made up of daytime scents Parade, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Dans Paris, Cologne Française, La Peau Nue, Bois Dormant, Rimbaud, Eau de Californie and evening scents Black Tie, Reptile and Nightclubbing. Failing to be distinguished as masculine or feminine, the scents mirror Slimane's experiences of Paris where he grew up in the 19th arrondissement. Although a new venture for Celine, Slimane is well-versed in the world of perfume having launched three scents during his tenure at Dior Homme. Slimane told WSJ: 'Perfume is like music, a time capsule that strongly impacts us' and the collection hits the wearer with nostalgia for memories in Paris. The musky Nightclubbing references Slimane's years as a teenage club kid at Le Palace, whilst the glamour of rock stars Slimane has photographed - including Lou Reed - were in mind when designing Reptile which includes pepper and cedar. The day scents meanwhile feature fresher offerings; Parade includes notes of bergamot and neroli looking to past dandies and 60s rockstars, whilst Rimbaud is a nostalgic nod to his youth and the 18th-century French poet. It is a highly personal and self-reflective collection, with Slimane also explaining to WSJ: 'Working on this perfume, I had to recognise the emotions I felt growing up to adulthood'
The scents are available to buy both on the Celine website and in a new perfume boutique on the chic Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, with the black-marbled interior and glass ridged perfume bottles designed by Slimane with late 17th-century classicism and Art Deco style in mind. Haute Parfumerie returns to approaching the art of perfume as a couture craft and with prices set at an exclusive £260, Slimane allows the select Celine customer into his world.