Francis Kurkdjian: My Beauty Moodboard

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Apr 16 2017 / 18:46 PM

The famed perfumer tells Bazaar about the inspirations behind his latest fragrance for Elie Saab

Francis Kurkdjian: My Beauty Moodboard

Francis Kurkdjian: My Beauty Moodboard
Elie Saab Resort 17
Francis Kurkdjian: My Beauty Moodboard

Elie Saab Le Parfum Resort Collection, 50ml, Dhs460, Elie Saab.

Francis Kurkdjian: My Beauty Moodboard

Bracelet, Dhs3,750. Elie Saab.

Francis Kurkdjian: My Beauty Moodboard

Bag, Dhs8,900, Elie Saab

Francis Kurkdjian: My Beauty Moodboard
Elie Saab Resort 17

Celebrating the glamour of the red carpet in all its flash bulb-popping excitement, French perfumer Francis Kurkdjian chose sparkling fruity notes that brighten Elie Saab’s signature white flowers for the spring edition fragrance. “The idea is to bring diversity and flexibility, to offer an array of possibility to the wearer of this fragrance,” Francis tells Bazaar. Luminous jasmine sambac and orange blossom are fused with juicy red mandarin and pomegranate nectar, a colourful new variation mirroring the beauty of the Resort 2017 collection. Francis describes the Elie Saab woman as “intensely feminine, magnetic, and radiant, who wants to live exceptional moments, where she feels absolutely feminine.” He wants his fragrances to speak to all women, as he believes Elie Saab does with his collections and feels the new fragrance will resonate particularly well in the region. “Women in the Middle East are very knowledgeable with scents. It’s part of the culture. Their taste leans towards powerful and distinctive, and that’s why the Elie Saab fragrances are popular, they speak volumes to the Arab woman.”