Parfum’s debut collection of peculiarly frayed and sensual scents has urgency
and mischief in its juices. They proved popular at Esxence in March this year
as did Creative Director Kristian Hilberg himself with his striking Nordic good
looks and intricate knowledge of both the natural and synthetic components of
his chic new house.
Creative Director Kristian Hilberg enjoying a quieter side of Cannes 2015
Reading the notes for the extrait strength parfums on the website Kristian has
chosen interestingly to list the traditional head, heart and base notes
separately from the synthetics such as Exaltolide, Toscanol and Ambrofix.
The glorious Sheats-Goldstein residence juts
out of tropical LA fauna into the sun with unashamed glittering brilliance and
angular arrogance. It is a modern cave, a spiky fuck-off-statement of exquisite
harmony and brooding privacy. An alien abode containing no 90º angles or painted objects, it built
from concrete, glass, stone and leather. I have loved it for decades and always
wanted to visit it. Depending on how it is viewed, it seemed to hover and float
next to the trees and flora, from other perspectives it seems to be reaching
out like one of Ray Bradbury’s haunted Martian architectural maws into the
It is photographer Miguel Sandinha’s
emerald-suffused image of the Sheats-Goldstein residence that has inspired Panorama, the latest release from Céline
Verleure’s artistic and über-chic niche house Olfactive Studio. I have only
just treated myself to the solemn, shadowed stickiness of Ombre Indigo created by Mylène Arlan a young Roberet parfumeuse who studied under Jacques
Flori and Michel Almairac. The image for OmbreIndigo by Gustavo Pellizzon is a
haunting one, a shadow creature walking water or perhaps waiting at the edge
for passage across a darkening lake.