“I wanted to evoke the mystery and opulence of perfume, to renew the way precious oils were treasured in the past and to celebrate a woman and her desires.” – Christian Louboutin
Launching this month, Christian Louboutin’s new collection of perfume oils (the latest additions to the Christian Louboutin Beauté beauty collection) are a new and highly luxurious way to experience his three signature women’s fragrances: Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble in Heaven. These perfume oils caress the skin; they are the most indulgent and sensuous way for a woman to apply fragrance and to delight in her femininity. Each of these Christian Louboutin fragrances has its own unique personality, but what unites them is Louboutin’s idea behind their construction. Intimate and compelling, Bikini Questa Sera takes the heat into the night. A trail of golden light, Tornade Blonde is the scent of desire. Intoxicating and mysterious, Trouble in Heaven is the scent of provocation.
Formed in 2012, Christian Louboutin Beauté (CLB) is a global joint venture between French luxury accessories brand Christian Louboutin S.A. and Batallure Beauty, and is headquartered in New York City.
The designer is instrumental in the development of every product, infusing his distinctive sense of creative wit, style, passion, and innovation into each creation. In August 2014, Nail color launched as the most natural entry category for CLB, the original inspiration for the iconic red soles having come from a stroke of red nail color in 1992.
One year later, the brand launched a collection of 38 jewelery-inspired Lip Colors offering three different finishes; Silky Satin, Matte Velvet, and Sheer Voile alongside five lip definers to suit all lip tones and in June 2016, Loubilaque, a high-shine and high-pigment lip lacquer was introduced. September 2016 saw the launch of an entirely new facet of the Christian Louboutin vision of beauty with parfum created for women in three unique scents: Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble in Heaven.
The alchemy of precious oil touching the skin produces a scent that is utterly personal to the woman wearing it. The perfume oil is an exceptional elixir containing the highest concentration of fragrance oil and no added water or alcohol, which means it provides a more intimate experience than a conventional form of fragrance. The olfactive construction as the parfum, which is what Christian calls the “ping.” The first burst of scent, like the striking of a piano key, is followed by a beautiful resonance of scent as the note echoes its sound. “There is one present moment,” says Louboutin, “and then there is the trace, le sillage, I think of it as its memory.”
Louboutin has always loved the idea of the ritual of beauty, which is why he wanted the perfume oil to be applied with a glass dabber contained within the bottle. Each woman can delight in her own very personal ritual, choosing where to apply the oils: décolleté, wrists, collarbone, along her legs, her inner arm, and the nape of her neck. The oil is intended to be massaged into the body inviting the pleasure of sensation.
The perfume oil bottle is a gorgeous objet d’art that is both visually hypnotic and tactile. A collaboration between Louboutin and Heatherwick Studio, it undulates with harmonious and dynamic energy. A unique and luxurious metallic finish gives to the bottles an iridescent, radiant effect and differentiates the oils within the Christian Louboutin fragrance range.
Christian Louboutin (the company) was created in 1992 when Louboutin opened his first boutique at 19 Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Paris. An artist and a craftsman with a true passion for shoes, his designs are unique and instantly recognizable, thanks in part to their signature and now trademarked red lacquered soles. Louboutin’s collections for both women and men combine wit, glamour, elegance and technical proficiency like none other.
Since the brand’s launch, his creations have been immortalized in museums, on fashion week runways, red carpets, and in pop culture around the world. A woman’s beauty has always been at the center of Louboutin’s inspiration, and 2014 welcomed the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté with its first nail color, Rouge Louboutin. The brand’s highly anticipated ‘second chapter’ of beauty, lip color, launched in September 2015. This year saw further expansion, entering the world of fragrance through the launch of three signature Christian Louboutin fragrances in September 2016.
With a prolific collection of women’s and men’s shoes, day and evening handbags and small leather goods, Christian Louboutin now counts more than one hundred boutiques around the world, including several locations dedicated to men’s and a one-of-a-kind beauty boutique located in the heart of Paris’ 1st Arrondissement, just two doors away from 19 Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
British designer Thomas Heatherwick founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring craft, design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace.
Today a team of 180, including architects, designers and makers, work from a combined studio and workshop in King’s Cross, London. Rather than identifying with any particular style or aesthetic, Heatherwick Studio is best characterized by its working methodology. The studio explores and tests responses to produce a design that fulfills spirit and letter of the brief in an inventive way.
This process is independent of scale: from developing a chair or a masterplan, the same system of collaborative inquiry and experimentation is applied. The studio is currently working on approximately 25 live projects on four continents.
Christian Louboutin’s Beauty Collection, including the new perfume oils (available this month: 30 ml bottle – USD $320.00/CAD $415.00/GBP 245.00/ EUR 320.00), is available at Christian Louboutin boutiques worldwide, online at www.christianlouboutin.com, and at select retailers.