Sure, notes of rose, amber, saffron, vetiver, and patchouli smell great in a scented candle. But if you're trying to recreate the rarefied aroma of the Mudd Club, the grittiest of underground anti-disco punk clubs in late 70s New York (and name-checked in songs by the Talking Heads and the Ramones), you'll need a little more. You'll need to slum it up!
Enter MiN, New York-based connoisseurs of concept scents. They're latest concoction, MUDD CLUB, combines those lovely ambrosial fragrances with seedier scents: sweat, tobacco, leather, Sharpies, and spray paint — all housed in a pot of bone china hand-gilded in platinum, of course.
$195 at MiN
Over the holidays, Rudy's Barbershop will once again plant a pop-up in Williamsburg — and this time they're bringing friends. The grooming company with a location in Manhattan's Flatiron District will temporarily open shop on Grand Street, sharing space with Poler Camping Stuff and Verve Coffee Roasters, all three hailing from the West Coast — Seattle, Portland, and Santa Cruz, respectively — and all three packing huge cult followings.
November 15, 2013 - January 31, 2014 at 33 Grand St, Williamsburg
The word 'soft' hardly comes to mind when you think of Vivienne Westwood, but in typical anti fashion, her new scent runs contrary to preconceived notions. Mon Boudoir is an extension of her original scent, Boudoir, with soft and subtle notes of Lily of the Valley, rose, and jasmine to create a delicate and feminine fragrance. You could say she's getting a little more comfortable.
Mon Boudoir eau de parfum, £32 (30 ml) and £47 (50 ml) at Vivienne Westwood stores and online
You might have thought you were done with the Jazz Age for the time being, but no, you are not. Maison Martin Margiela has introduced Jazz Club, the first men's scent in its Replica series, intended to give wearers a déjà vu-like sense of familiarity. With its visceral mix of rum and cigar essences, the fragrance evokes an old-timey Brooklyn jazz club of yore — the gritty kind, not the stylized Gatsby kind.
A photo by Inez & Vinoodh called "Kristen 1996" inspired Byredo's latest scent, 1996 (also the year the duo bought their boho paradise in New York). A rich blend of black amber and violets, the eau de parfum is intended to throw the wearer into a fit of angelic ecstasy, where Kristen appears to be, with her closed eyes and berry lips. The scent started as a private edition, a gift among friends, but soon developed into a full-fledged craze, prompting the Stockholm founder and nose, Ben Gorham, to bottle it for the masses.
"These are the notes that we’ve always been attracted to that come from the different countries we have memories of, this is our house full of warm wood and high end design," say Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. "This picture represents the duality that underlies our work and our life together [and] the scent is very much Ben's impeccable and sensitive interpretation of that."
$175 at Byredo
Robert Pattinson isn't having all the face-of-a-fragrance fun. Kristen Stewart once again fronts Balenciaga's Florabotanica scent, a role started during Nicolas Ghesquière's tenure at the Paris house, and which continues with Alexander Wang at the helm.
Perhaps suggesting the scent is growing on her, she's shown with a colorful vine creeping up her topless back, a vibrant sprig on otherwise statue-like skin. It implies — while nowhere near as wild as the first campaign — new signs of post-scandal life for the actress.
It turns out that single teaser image of Robert Pattinson that Dior released on its Twitter a little while ago was just the beginning. The entire fall campaign for Dior Homme Fragrance has now been released — and it has shows a lot more range than the British actor's young fans are probably used to.
Shot by Nan Goldin — whose intimate, behind-closed-doors style of portraiture predates all current practitioners of point-and-click T&A — the campaign combines black-and-white and color imagery, conveying a sense of indulgent, ephemeral young love. It's classic Nan Goldin, who, incidentally, told The Guardian, "This Dior campaign right now, where the girl is really dope-sick then she sprays Addiction perfume and suddenly she's high. I find that really reprehensible and evil." But that was a whole decade and designer ago.
Pulchritude and pain often go hand in hand. Givenchy knows this, thus they bring you an abrasive lip scrub and soothing lip balm. The latest in the house's cultish Le Soin Noir (Black Care) line of black algae-infused products, the glamour goo means business. First up in the two-part application process, an army of abrasive micro-grains go at your lips with the exfoliating force of a desert dune. Next up, that black algae injects concentrated sea plumpness into your dazed smackers. Two in one, yin and yang — think of it as slap and tickle for your lips.
Le Soin Noir lip scrub and balm, $105 at select Givenchy and Sephora stores
An idea so genius you could have sworn it already existed, Marc Jacobs has launched a cosmetics line, in addition to his fragrances with Coty Prestige. But he hasn't just launched it, he's created a whole corner store for it (formerly his accessories store) on the same strip of Bleecker Street where his other boutiques live.
Designed by New York-based Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects, who've created nearly all Marc Jacobs stores around the world, the jewelry box of a store features as its centerpiece a massive black granite table, for makeup stations, as well as a custom chandelier by Polish artist Kacper Dolatowski.
Marc Jacobs Beauty, 385 Bleecker Street, NYC