I once waited three hours to meet Karl Lagerfeld. He’d just released a book, the somewhat grandly titled Metamorphoses of an American, which was, and not to reduce art to a sound bite, a book of pretty good photos of a pretty good looking man. I don’t know; I’m no photography critic. At any rate, Uncle Karl was in town to promote the book and tangentially, Lagerfeld Confidential, the documentary about him that was arguably the most candid portrait of the designer to date.
We at the gallery that night knew he’d arrived before we saw him; such was the electricity surrounding his presence. When it was my turn to greet him, I handed him my copy of Lagerfeld Confidential, told him how much I loved his work, was granted a hastily scribbled autograph, then promptly scooted aside by Sebastien Jondeau, Lagerfeld’s (very handsome) body man. (You can follow Jondeau’s adventures here.)
I’m aware of many of the silly things Lagerfeld has said in the press over the years, about weight, sweatpants, tattoos, and on and on. And yet, I find myself still interested in his seemingly endless list of projects and collaborations -- with Fendi, Chanel, even Diet Coke.
Currently, one of Lagerfeld's biggest projects is his own brand, Karl Lagerfeld. There are watches, sneakers, jackets, leggings -- you name it, Karl’s name is on it. And now, he's launched a fragrance, Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Parfum.
This is not Lagerfeld’s first foray into fragrance. Most recently, there was Kapsule, a kollection (sorry!) of three very uncommercial scents that were more interesting to Karl obsessives and beauty editors than consumers. But this one is the complete opposite: a straight-ahead fruity-floral that’s neither complicated nor pretentious.
The floral component, heavy on rose and magnolia, is balanced pretty well by some citrusy notes (more juicy peach than sparkling, overall). At the end is some creamy amber. It’s just very pretty and very easy to wear. And starting at $25 for a roll-on, as well as being a Macy’s exclusive, just about everyone can own a piece of Karl.
What designer's perfume are you obsessed with? What new perfume do you love -- or want to try -- right now?