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Arts Décoratifs Students Create Fragrances

The project, called Mode & Sens, was feted Thursday night with presentations and a cocktail party.

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Dominique Ropion

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MAKING SCENTS OF FASHION: Eight students graduating from Paris’ École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs worked with eight International Flavors & Fragrances perfumers — including Olivier Polge, Anne Flipo and Jean-Christophe Hérault — to create fragrances inspired by their end-of-year fashion collections. The project, called Mode & Sens, was feted Thursday night with presentations and a cocktail party.


Attendees milling about the Paris Observatory’s verdant gardens stopped to take in the clothing and sample the scents. Perfumer Dominique Ropion stood near Lysmina Attou’s collection, called L’Ève Future, for which he created a fragrance.


“I saw what she does and what she wanted to say in her design,” explained Ropion, adding he presented Attou some notes, such as osmanthus, jasmine and tuberose. In the end, they concocted a juice that’s both “very carnal and something metallic,” he said.


Mathilde Laurent, Cartier’s in-house perfumer, was among the Mode & Sens event’s guests. Although not one to have teamed with the Arts Décoratifs students, she generally likes collaborating with creative people outside the perfume world.


“It’s always a moment to reconsider my way of working and my view on perfumery — and to start from zero, in one [sense],” she said.

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