I was lucky enough to be invited to the Paris launch of Thierry Mugler’s latest fragrance WOMANITY, prices start from £38 and is available from 8th July, Exclusively from Selfridges and from 5th August Nationwide, www.WOMANITY.COM.
To say Mr Mugler is a visionary is a bit of an understatement. He is one of those sizzlingly and deliriously highly energetic and creative people. He trained as a ballet dancer in his youth, made his name with futuristic and mind boggling couture designs with his fashion label and gave the world….wait for it Angel. Love it or hate it Angel launched in 1992 and was the first of its kind, creating the new olfactory family of Oriental Gourmand with its vanilla, caramel and praline notes, which has now been copied a thousand times over and still is one of the best selling fragrances of all time.
Mr Mugler also directed George Michael’s iconic music video 'Too Funky' and set the screen ablaze with his avant garde and electrifying outfits, which touched the 14 year old me very deeply and made me think to myself, “that’s the kind of world I want to live in”. Obviously I didn't want to wear the Mugler motorcycle dress to Tesco- but live in a world where high art, fashion and beauty collide, which is very Mugler. He recently designed Beyonce’s concert tour outfits, which is a divalicious match made in heaven. His designs are cartoon meets fetish, which is simply fabulous. I was really honoured I got to meet the man himself, as I’m a huge fan of his work. Dita Von Teese was also at the launch and was really charming and warm and I can imagine is one of Mr Mugler’s dream women to dress.
Like the man WOMANITY doesn’t disappoint. Again with this fragrance Mugler is pushing boundaries and it's a potent mix of sweet and savoury, which harnesses the latest technology with molecular extraction to create the salt/ savoury notes without going down the traditional marine accord route.
The top notes are that of a fleshy juicy fig, which is both sweet and green and earthy mixed with an almost animalic caviar note. The woody base notes of fig wood and leaf are elegant, green and sensuous. The fragrance leaves you a bit dazed (in a good way) as your head tries to get around it, as it really is in a category of its own. Me likey.
The bottle is also nuts which I love. It looks like an Alien (very Mugler) ship had landed in an ancient Mayan community where the woman have all run wild and killed their menfolk and taken over and the aliens have left this bottle behind as a little present. Then centuries later Mr Mugler dug it up and made it into his fragrance bottle. Fantastic. Grab a bottle of genius asap.