Christian Dior has given the creative reigns to renowned Japanese floral artist, Azuma Makoto, for their latest release. Makoto was assigned the task of composing 8 unique floral sculptures that are inspired by olfactive signatures from Dior’s Collection Privée.
Created in his Tokyo-based studio, Makoto expresses his art through poetic floral sculptures. He strives to capture the fleeting beauty of flowers, surprising viewers with each and every design.
In a conversation with Dior’s team, Makoto had this to say about the private collection: “La Collection Privée Christian Dior is an Olfactory world bursting with beauty and sophistication. With this collaboration, I wanted to visualize and incarnate ‘The Story’ of each of these exceptional fragrances through spectacular floral sculptures.”
La Collection Privée X Azuma Makoto: Jasmin des Anges
Jasmin des Anges inspired Azuma Makoto to compose a bouquet of fresh flowers with honey hues. Here’s what he has to say about the scent: “I was struck by the soft scent of Apricot and Jasmine intertwined, something you can enjoy in the late summer to early fall.”
At the top, the fragrance opens with a lone Bergamot note. It then dives into Jasmine, Apricot, Osmanthus and Peach in the heart. Finally, this Collection Privee scent concludes with classic notes of White Musk and Vanilla.
La Collection Privée X Azuma Makoto: Gris Dior
“What if the Dior gray was a fragrance? This emphatic gray is not merely a mix of black and white, but the result of a chromatic blend. This profusion of colours inspired a composition that melds Jasmine and Bergamot with notes of humid undergrowth. The colour is transformed into an emblematic fragrance. Its lively scent is multifaceted and effortlessly elegant,” described Francois Demachy on the Dior website.
Gris Dior utilizes a linear note breakdown. Rose, Oakmoss and Patchouli tie themselves into a singular citrus note: Bergamot. It then all rounds out with Cedar, Amber and Sandalwood.
La Collection Privée X Azuma Makoto: La Colle Noire
“Touched by the beauty and vitality of the roses at La Colle Noire, artist Azuma Makoto shares this intense poetic experience in a floral sculpture conceived like a château of blossoming roses,” explains Dior.
This unisex fragrance begins with top notes of Black Currant and Lemon. It then transitions into a floral heavy heart: Rose, Peony, Raspberry, Lily-of-the-Valley and Peach. Finally, it rounds out with White Musk, Honey, Oud, Sandalwood and Amberwood.
La Collection Privée X Azuma Makoto: Lucky
“Fresh and joyful, the scent of Lucky enchants the senses with its evocative lightness, clarity and transparency. Inspired by the radiant beauty of this fragrance, Azuma Makoto used a harmony of flowers to give body to Lucky.”
Lucky from La Collection Privée utilizes a mere three notes. Lily-of-the-Valley and White Flowers merge with an unspecified Ozonic note.
La Collection Privée X Azuma Makoto: Sakura
When smelling Sakura, it created “an intensely bright scene, bathed in a halo of pale pink that symbolizes the acute sense of beauty we have in Japan,” for Makoto.
Sakura opens up with a broad Green note, before finding itself marching towards florals in the heart. Japanese Cherry Blossom and Rose pair up with Jasmine and Hedione as Mimosa, Violet and Musk conclude the base.
La Collection Privée X Azuma Makoto: Oud Ispahan
Following a similar pattern as Sakura, Oud Ispahan opens with the singular note of Labdanum. The profile then tapers off into Rose, Patchouli and Saffron in the heart. Finally, the fragrance concludes with Oud, Sandalwood and Cedar.
“Oud Ispahan opens the doors to an ochre-walled palace filled with captivating fragrances. The smoky trail of smoldering Wood, the softness of floral water lingering on washed hands. It is the fragrance of this voluptuous atmosphere where scents of Rose, Frankincense and Resin waft in the air. A fragrance as velvety plump as the Roses of the Far East.”– Francois Demachy
La Collection Privée X Azuma Makoto: Purple Oud
Azuma Makoto chose to give a majestic role to violet, the joyful purple flower in question. “surrounded by perennials that express all the passion of a scent imbued with precious woods.”
Purple Oud is another linear fragrance from Dior in terms of its note breakdown. Oud combines with Saffron, Pink Pepper and Orange to create this spicy and energetic fragrance.
La Collection Privée X Azuma Makoto: Oud Rosewood
The final fragrance from Makoto is Oud Rosewood, a fragrance with notes so soft you could watch the sun’s rays pass through it. For his final piece, Makoto chose “shades of brown and soft and creamy round flowers, as if illuminated by precious sparks.”
At the top, Oud Rosewood utilizes Raspberry and Quince: A pear-like fruit that is native to European and Middle Eastern countries. Down in the heart is Sandalwood and Animals notes. Finally, it concludes with Oud and Palisander Rosewood.
Makoto’s entire collection is available in standard Dior Collection Privée sizing, starting at 40ml and capping off at 250ml for the time being. All of the pricing is also based on standard Dior costs, with 40ml retailing around $125 USD and $260 USD for a 125ml.
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