Forget the Superbowl and award shows. For NYC-based fragonerds the big event of the season is the Elements show. Expectations are always high. Everyone is eager to smell the next big thing and meet the perfumers behind promising new lines. This year the show wasn't entirely focused on perfume. There were fewer perfume brands and a lot more makeup, nail polish, and jewelry.
I was delighted to spend quality time with reps from my favorite independent makeup companies: Kjaer Weis, Ellis Faas, and Rouge Bunny Rouge. If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen the first look at the new eye shadow palette. I'll post the swatches tomorrow, but I can tell you I was smitten.The highlight, though, was meeting Rouge Bunny Rouge founder, Alexandra De Montfort. I was trying hard not to act all fangirl-like, and mostly managed to control the squealing. I also got a sneak sniff of new RBR perfumes, which are getting more and more interesting.
Other perfume highlights included the two new magnolia fragrances from Australian florist Grandiflora. One was composed by the late Sandrine Videault, and the other one by Michel Roudnitska who's already working on another Grandiflora project. Magnolia perfumes are usually not high on my list, but there was no doubt these two perfumes are beautifully composed and blended. I was also taken with SULÉKÓ, a line of four fragrances composed by perfumer Cécile Zarokian. The bottles come in refillable handmade porcelain cases that are little works of art. Out of the four fragrances I was most impresses with the dark forest of Baba Yaga and the spicy hay of Djélem. I'm looking forward to exploring them more.
As you can tell, I had fun. I do hope the next Elements show will have more to offer in terms of perfume, because there's nothing like this show in NYC and we need more perfume. A lot more perfume.