Hold the front page. Drop whatever you’re holding (not your phone, you’ll need that to read this). Hedi Slimane has created CELINE Haute Parfumerie, his first olfactory offering since becoming creative director of the brand last year. But you knew that already, right? And if you were one of the millions of people praying to Nefertem (God of perfume, but you knew that already, right?), you might have been part of some sort of contributory hyperstimulation factor that made eleven CELINE scents come into existence at once, rather than the one we all would have been happy with.
There are nine out this year, two more coming in 2020, and they all come from his own nostalgic scent journal, based epitomised in the french spirit. (With the exception of Eau de Californie which talks to his time in California). While Hedi is not one to make rules, or make his scents gender specific, he does suggest which of the collection are more day or night appropriate. To make your decision making even easier, we’ve created an entire CELINE squared scenario. A look from the collection that personifies a scent from the collection.
For now, you can dive in with your eyes open but your nose closed (we don’t have a release date for you yet). Team BURO is wearing them already and we love what we smell. This is the BURO.download.
There’s a definite holiday vibe, it’s the bergamot and neroli - but also a bit softer, more powdery. Attention grabbing but in a leopard-print-coat-over-basics kind of way.
It’s a suits-all-sophiesticated kind of scent, yes, like your favourite jeans, but with a playful edge that lifts the vanilla into a fresher place, yes like the shearling in your thigh high boots.
So vanilla-ey you could almost cook with it, but thank goodness for the coriander seed to give it a sharp, addictive edge.
If this is the epitome of french spirit, the breton stripe of the perfume world, then fig tree and tree moss must be what filled the air for Hedi.
It’s got that rose that makes it a nostalgic classic, but like your aunt with impeccable taste; it's powdery, slightly stern, cooler than your mum.
This one isn’t out till next year, so we have time to save for THAT oversize but still understated dress of the season to wear it with. Similar scent values.
Inspired by the french poet of the same name, everything is effortlessly chic and unassuming, but you can’t stop smelling it.
It is not possible to have a scent inspired by California, and not include the dual bohemian delights of Palo Santo and Patchouli.
Honeyed, rich and sexy. It’s a clandestine liaison at a high society gala dinner. It started with a wink and ended with a scandal. Ooh la la.
If you’re going literal with the fashion iteration, the fragrant one is, erm, also kind of literal. It’s leathery and spicy, totally sexy.
Studio 54, look 54, but make it quietly confident. Party upstairs, practical at the bottom, a bit like the notes that balance forresty green galbanum with a vanilla musk base.
While you wait to complete your CELINE squared look, some accessories to set it all off
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