Recently, Kenzo had a fragrance bottle on display at the MOMA. (Technically, it's still there, but only until October 19th).
This fragrance is the UFO (Unidentified Fragrance Object), and is part of an exhibition for designer Ron Arad. They asked him to create a "vehicle for fragrance that breaks with traditional industry codes and evokes sensuality when in contact with the skin." What he gave them is pictured above: a bottle from Zamac (a metal alloy, apparently) that is hand polished. It doesn't sit up, but rather is meant to be cradled in the palm of your hand.
To compliment the fragrance they had Aurélien Guichard create a fragrance to match the bottle. He drew on the memory of his mother's scent, who was a sculptor. The scent is meant to invoke marble powder against a woman's skin. This scent doesn't have the typical base, middle and top note structure of other fragrances. Rather, the notes mix together and I did not notice a change throughout the day.
The perfume is not defined by the traditional olfactory pyramid of top, heart and base notes. Its structure is a balance between a powerful heart, “the marble accord”, and four natural raw ingredients that add facets to the note. The floral notes (orange blossom, Bulgarian rose) add femininity, tenderness and elegance. Frankincense intensifies the pure, mineral character of the lingering notes. Vanilla amplifies intimacy and sensuality.
To me, this scent is not marble powder. It is however, wonderful. This is not a "pretty" scent. It is more aggressive but feminine at the same time. This is a scent to wear with really high heels and a mini skirt. The frankincense and vanilla are the strongest notes on me, but there is a little bit of the rose to create balance. It lasted all day on me, and I love it!
The bottle is extremely limited, only 1000 will be made! It's available at Kenzo's Online Store and Bergdorf Goodman.
Kenzo Unidentified Fragrance Object