The last 60 years has seen the creation of many of the most iconic fragrances available today, and though some may appear to be similar to each other, or have been released by the same brand, they are all unique.
The inspirations behind these scents may not be something you’ve given much thought to before but learning what the fragrances represent to the people who created them might help you understand your own taste a little better.
These are the inspirations behind some of our favourite fragrances.
Balmain – Balmain Homme
Balmain’s 2015 menswear collection was inspired by the formula 1 racing scene from the 1960s, with Native American influences and their signature couture edge.
Their men’s fragrance from the same season, Balmain Homme, is similarly influenced, with fresh scents like bergamot, cedar and moss presented alongside heavy leather and violet notes. This brings a masculine edge and the metal, leather and fresh scents really put you in mind of that F1 feeling.
The bottle was designed by the brands creative director, Olivier Rousteing, and is a military-looking oblong in royal blue, with patches like epaulettes on the top corners, giving real military chic.
Jimmy Choo – Various Scents
Fashion brand Jimmy Choo was founded in 1996 and has since seen huge success, even being the footwear designer of choice for the late Princess Diana. Releasing their first fragrance in 2010, they have since released more than 25 others.
Inspired by the world around him, Jimmy Choo’s fashion collections have had political, cultural and natural inspirations, whereas the brands perfume range focuses more on ideas of modern life and what that might be represented by.
Our range has 8 Jimmy Choo fragrances available, with everything from the sweet to the seductive, and will undoubtedly have more in the future.
Jean Paul Gaultier – Classique
Jean Paul Gaultier – a name which instantly brings you to the world of fashion and fragrance – has been around since the 1980s and has been pushing boundaries the whole time.
With designs inspired by cultural patterns, street wear and futuristic designs, the brand expanded into perfume in 1993, with their hugely successful debut scent, Classique.
Classique is ladies’ fragrance and is inspired by the impact and power of a woman’s body. The iconic bottle, in the shape of a corseted torso, was considered provocative and somewhat scandalous at the time of its release, which only emphasised the ideas that inspired it.
So next time you’re having a nose around your favourites, have a think about what they represent to you and how that has been achieved. Our sense of smell is the sense most closely linked to our memories, and the relationship these scents have to the times in which they were created is unbreakable.