Shoe designer extraordinaire Christian Louboutin began expanding his red-heeled empire back in 2014 when he added a range of nail polish to his name. The futuristic bottles and the killer shades contained within them were a hit with the beauty crowd, as well as the brand's long-time devotees, and he soon released a set of complementary lipsticks in a range of lust-worthy shades.
The next logical step? A fragrance, of course! The French designer is turning his hand to the world of perfume with his debut scents (there are three in total) to be released this October. The scents - titled Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble In Heaven - each reflect a different Louboutin woman in a range of scenarios. Bikini Questa Sera is rich and warm, with notes of tuberose, green nectar and Australian sandalwood, reminiscent, we're told, of the power of summer; Tornade Blonde is the feminine addition with notes of rhubarb, Bulgarian rose, and sweet violet, and Trouble in Heaven, with its notes of bergamot, patchouli and amber, is "mysterious, sexy and intoxicating."
Christian shares a laugh with Thomas Heatherwick as they design the bottles for the fragrance together. Photo: Ash Reynolds
The design of the three bottles is the same, but the colours of each represent the notes within, though Bikini Questa Sera will hold a special place in the region as its bottle was inspired by an Egyptian sunset.
Egypt is a city dear to Christian, and the face of his fragrance, former Bazaar cover star Elisa Sednaoui Dellal (who is also his goddaughter), is from the city also. “I needed someone close to me, someone capable of expressing the many nuances of the fragrances,” Christian said of Elisa. “I remember Elisa as a child when she used to play with the children in her village in Egypt. Then I watched her grow up as a teenager in Turin, a young woman, now as a woman and mother. She keeps every aspect of femininity alive within her. She is the personification of the fragrances, which are intended to express women’s many changing facets."
L-R: Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble In Heaven. Photo: Ali Madhavi
Harper's Bazaar Arabia Fashion & Beauty Editor Gemma Deeks caught up with Christian in Lisbon earlier this year for a top-secret reveal of the perfumes. Her exclusive interview with the designer will appear in the October issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia, on shelves from October 1, ahead of the fragrances launch next month.