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CELINE HAUTE PARFUMERIE - RIMBAUD

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Nuevos productos / Casa - 6/1/22

CREATED BY HEDI SLIMANE, RIMBAUD IS ENRICHING THE CELINE PERFUME COLLECTION. THIS NEW OPUS COMPLEMENTS THE NINE PERFUMES
ALREADY LAUNCHED IN 2019, COMPRISING:
PARADE
SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS
DANS PARIS
COLOGNE FRANÇAISE
LA PEAU NUE
EAU DE CALIFORNIE
BLACK TIE
REPTILE
NIGHTCLUBBING
LIKE THE OTHER CREATIONS IN THE COLLECTION, RIMBAUD REVIVES THE TRADITIONAL SAVOIR-FAIRE OF FRENCH HAUTE PARFUMERIE. 
IT COMES TO JOIN THE DAY COLLECTION IN THE FRAGRANCE RANGE: PARADE, SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS, COLOGNE FRANÇAISE, DANS PARIS, LA PEAU NUE AND EAU DE CALIFORNIE

THE ESSENCE OF YOUTH AND ITS POETIC GRACE
FOR THIS PROJECT, THE COUTURIER RECONNECTS WITH HIS FAVORITE THEMES: THE NOTION OF IDENTIT Y BEYOND GENDER, THE ESSENCE OF YOUTH AND THE FRAGILITY OF A STATE SUSPENDED SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CHILDHOOD AND ADULTHOOD. BUT ALSO, THE FRENCH SPIRIT AND ITS CULTURAL ROOTS THAT WEAVE A CLASSIC FRAMEWORK PERPETUALLY REINVENTING ELEGANCE.
THESE THEMES WERE ALREADY AT THE HEART OF THE HAUTE PARFUMERIE COLLECTION, WHERE THE PERFUMES SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS AND DANS PARIS RELATE PARISIAN YOUTH, TOGETHER WITH PARADE CELEBRATING THE IMMUTABLE RITUAL OF APPEARANCES.
THE PROJECT’S CONCEPT IS ALSO AUGMENTED BY A CULTURAL ELEMENT, NOTABLY FRENCH LITERATURE AND POETRY. A TRIBUTE CRYSTALLIZED IN A NAME, RIMBAUD, WHICH TAKES ON A DOUBLY SYMBOLIC AND PERSONAL DIMENSION.

AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL CHAPTER IN THE OLFACTORY JOURNAL
LITERATURE AND WRITING ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COUTURIER’S ARTISTIC VISION, IN BOTH HIS INSPIRATIONAL AND CREATIVE APPROACH. 
FOR HEDI SLIMANE, IT’S ABOUT PLACING WORDS SO THAT HE CAN OUTLINE HIS OLFACTORY PROJECT AND DEFINE THE FEATURES OF A CHARACTER WHOSE CHARISMA IS INTERPRETED IN THE PERFUME’S TRAIL.
THE CHARACTER IN THIS NEW PERFUME IS ARTHUR RIMBAUD. THE COUTURIER DEDICATES A NEW CHAPTER TO HIM IN HIS OLFACTORYJOURNAL RECOLLECTING AN EPISODE FROM HIS OWN ADOLESCENCE. LIKE GENERATIONS OF TEENAGERS, HE AND HIS FRIENDS WERE FASCINATED BY THE YOUNG POET’S IMAGE. AN IMAGE THAT ALREADY SEEMED TO BE ONE OF ETERNAL AND UNIVERSAL YOUTH.
HEDI SLIMANE HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO CREATE A PERFUME ILLUSTRATING THIS PORTRAIT OF RIMBAUD OR THE PHOTOS OF THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN HE HAS TAKEN OVER THE LAST THIRTY YEARS OR SO.

A DELICATE AND NEO-CLASSIC DUALITY
RIMBAUD RECAPTURES THE STYLISH CODES OF THE COUTURIER, IN PARTICULAR MASCULINE-FEMININE AND NEO-CLASSIC LITERATURE.
AT THE HEART OF THE COMPOSITION, TWO NOTES CONTRAST AND REVISIT TOGETHER TWO EMBLEMATIC ACCORDS IN PERFUMERY; LAVENDER WHOSE AROMATIC FRESHNESS IS TRADITIONALLY USED IN MEN’S SCENTS AND THE ROOTS OF THE IRIS, KNOWN IN PERFUMERY AS ORRIS, USUALLY WITH MORE FEMININE POWDERY ACCENTS.
IN THIS PERFUME , EVERY THING PLAYS ON PARADOX AND DUALIT Y. LAVENDER’S UNEXPECTED AND DELICATE NUANCES BECOME SOFT AND MELANCHOLIC IN CONTACT WITH IRIS PROUDLY DISPLAYING ITS EXUBERANCE, AS IF INTOXICATED BY THE PROMISE OF A NEW OLFACTORY ADVENTURE. CHOSEN BY HEDI SLIMANE, THE DUO SIGNS A DELICATE, ALMOST INTROVERTED CRAFTSMANSHIP, A FORM OF OLFACTORY FRAGILITY, SUSPENDED OUTSIDE OF TIME, CLINGING LIGHTLY TO THE SKIN. LAVENDER ONE OF HEDI SLIMANE’S FAVORITE INGREDIENTS, IT ALREADY SIGNED HIS OLFACTORY CREATION EAU NOIRE FROM THE MAISON DIOR’S COLLECTION PRIVÉE IN 2004.
WITH ITS VIVACIOUS AND SUBTLE CAMPHOR-LIKE SCENT, LAVENDER IS AN ARCHETYPE FOR MASCULINE FRAGRANCES. FOR RIMBAUD, IN DUO WITH ORRIS FROM THE RHIZOMES OF THE IRIS, IT REVISITS THIS TRADITION IN REVERSE. AT THE HEART OF THE COMPOSITION, THE NOTION OF THE ACCORD’S GENDER VERY DELICATELY GIVES WAY TO THE MULTITUDE OF FEELINGS RESOUNDING IN EACH ONE OF US. 
THE ESSENCE, AS WELL AS THE LAVENDER ABSOLUTE SELECTED BY THE MAISON CELINE, COMES FROM THE DRÔME IN HAUTE PROVENCE WHERE THE PLANT HAS BEEN CULTIVATED SINCE ANTIQUITY. IT IS THANKS TO THIS FLOWER THAT WE OWE THOSE VAST AND ENDLESS FIELDS OF BLUE LAVENDER BLOSSOMING UNDER THE PROVENCAL SUN. THE SPRIGS OF LAVENDER ARE HARVESTED BETWEEN THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST WHEN
THE FLOWERS BEGIN TO BLOOM AND DIFFUSE THEIR PERFUME. SO THAT THEY DON’T LOSE ANY OF THEIR OLFACTORY SUBTLETY, THEY ARE TREATED AT
THE FOOT OF THE FIELDS IMMEDIATELY AFTER HARVESTING. 100KG OF FLOWERS ARE NEEDED TO OBTAIN BETWEEN 500 AND 800ML OF ESSENTIAL OIL.

IRIS
THE IRIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF THE COUTURIER’S MUCH VALUED MATERIALS. ITS ELEGANT FRAGRANCE WAS ALREADY A PREDOMINANT OLFACTORY NOTE IN DIOR HOMME CREATED IN 2004. ITS GENTLE AND MUTED SCENT IS EMBLEMATIC OF THE POWDERY ACCORD SIGNING ALL THE CREATIONS IN THE CELINE HAUTE PARFUMERIE COLLECTION.
ORRIS, ONE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS INGREDIENTS IN PERFUMERY, IS OBTAINED FROM THE RHIZOMES OR ROOTS OF THE IRIS. IT OWES ITS RARITY TO ITS LOW CROP YIELD: 100KG OF DRIED RHIZOMES ONLY YIELD 300 GRAMS OF ORRIS BUTTER.
IT TAKES SIX YEARS TO OBTAIN THE ESSENTIAL OIL KNOWN IN PERFUMERY AS “ORRIS BUTTER”. IT IS NECESSARY TO WAIT PATIENTLY FOR THREE YEARS SO THAT THE PLANT, WHICH CONCENTRATES ITS PERFUMES IN ITS RHIZOMES, CAN BE HARVESTED. THEN ANOTHER THREE YEARS, THE TIME IT TAKES FOR THE RHIZOMES TO UNFOLD THEIR EXTRAORDINARY OLFACTORY RICHNESS.

THE POWDERY SIGNATURE
A POWDERY THEME CONNECTING ALL OF THE CREATIONS IN THE HAUTE PARFUMERIE COLLECTION IS ALSO TO BE FOUND IN THIS COMPOSITION, GUIDED BY THE IRIS AND ITS ELEGANT ROUNDNESS. A GENTLE AND IMPERCEPTIBLE VEIL OF SCENT, PERHAPS THE ONE IN THE PORTRAIT OF THE YOUNG POET,
STILL AN ADOLESCENT, BUT BURNISHED BY THE YEARS AND THE EYES OF GENERATIONS FASCINATED BY HIS MELANCHOLY GRACE.

THE BOTTLE
THE RECTANGULAR B OT TLE DESIGNED BY HEDI SLIMANE FOR CELINE IS IN KEEPING WITH THE GRE AT TRADITION OF FRENCH GLASSMAKING.
THE COUTURIER WISHED TO GIVE THE BOTTLE GREATER B ODY, BY WORKING ON THE LUXURIOUS WEIGHT OF GLASS AND THE BLACK LACQUER.
THE BOTTLE FOR THE CELINE HAUTE PARFUMERIE COLLECTION IS DECORATED ON T WO SIDES WITH SHARP-EDGED FLUTING AND TOPPED WITH A FACETED BLACK LACQUERED CAP. AN AESTHETIC INHERITED FROM LATE 17TH CENTURY CLASSICISM, WHOSE DISTINCTIVE MINIMALISM IMBUES THE B OT TLE WITH THE MODERNITY OF ART DECO: SPARE , TAUT LINES, A TOUCH OF BLACK LACQUER AND TRANSPARENT GLASS WHOSE CRAFTSMANSHIP HIGHLIGHTS THE REFLECTIONS OF THE PERFUME , NUANCED WITH SOFT AND VERY PALE ROSY GREY TONALITIES, THAT UNDERLINE THE DELICACY OF THE COMPOSITION AND THE P OETIC CHARACTER INSPIRING IT.
THE BOX IS ADORNED IN PAPER WITH A “GRAIN DE POUDRE” FEEL AND EMBOSSING THAT RECRE ATES THE EFFECT OF 17TH CENTURY MOLDINGS. THEY ARE INSPIRED BY THE WOODWORK PANELING IN THE HÔTEL COLBERT DE TORCY WHERE THE CELINE ATELIERS ARE
HOU SED AT 16, R UE VIVIENNE IN PARIS.
THE MAISON’S EMBLEM, THE “TRIOMPHE” IS ENGRAVED ON THE TOP OF THE CAP. IT WAS CHOSEN BY ITS FOUNDER, CÉLINE VIPIANA WHO, ONE DAY IN 1971, SAW HER SPLIT INITIAL C DESIGNED IN THE LINKS CINCHING THE “ARC DE TRIOMPHE”. IT COMES TO COMPLETE THIS B OTTLE’S SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE HISTORY OF THE COUTURE HOUSE .

JOURNAL OLFACTIF
RIMBAUD

AT THE AGE OF 14, AFTER OUR LESSONS, MY FRIENDS AND I WOULD RECITE RIMBAUD’S LE DORMEUR DU VAL (THE SLEEPER OF THE VALLEY) LYING IN THE GRASS, BEFORE DIVING BODY AND SOUL INTO LES ILLUMINATIONS. LIKE OTHERS BEFORE AND AFTER US, WE WERE FASCINATED BY THE FRAGILITY AND GRACE OF THE YOUNG POET AND FELT HIS TORMENTS AS IF THEY WERE OUR OWN. I REMEMBER THAT PICTURE OF RIMBAUD WHICH I KEPT WITH ME RELIGIOUSLY. ALREADY, IT SEEMED TO ME TO BE THE IMAGE OF ETERNAL AND UNIVERSAL YOUTH. I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO CREATE A PERFUME THAT EVOKES UTOPIA, THE VERY ESSENCE OF YOUTH, ILLUSTRATING THAT PICTURE OF RIMBAUD, OR THE PHOTOS OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN I HAVE MADE OVER THE LAST 30 YE ARS. IN AN OLFACTORY MANNER, I HAD TO DEFINE THE GRACE , THE SOUL- SE ARCHING AND THE SPLEEN OF ADOLESCENTS, TO DISTILL THE QUINTESSENCE OF YOUTH. I OPTED FOR DELICATE AND INTROVERTED ACCORDS, A KIND OF OLFACTORY FRAGILITY, SUSPENDED, OUTSIDE OF TIME, SKIMMING LIGHTLY OVER THE SKIN. LAVENDER, NEROLI, ORRIS BUTTER, WHEAT ACCORD, MUSK AND VANILLA NOTES

available exclusively in CELINE HAUTE PARFUMERIE boutique, 390 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, followed by a worldwide launch on January 21, 2022.

picture: @HediSlimane


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