Marie Claire’s annual international fragrance awards anoint the most sublime, boundary-smashing, haute parfums of the year. Chosen for excellence by Marie Claire beauty editors around the world, this is the IT list of winners for 2014.
PRIX DU PARFUM FÉMININ
Best Women’s Fragrance: JOUR D’HERMÈS, HERMÈS
This haute, ultra femme EDP is a promise of dawn by Hermès, with perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena manifesting a very precise, sublime moment in time—the first light of day, capturing radiant light and blossoming nature. We love it because it’s got cache and is shrouded in mystery, with Hermès unwilling to reveal the exact notes—but on a sniff, our olfactory memories evoke accords of green notes and a femme bouquet of spring flowers at its heart. The striking flacon, designed and signed by Pierre Hardy, the French maison’s shoe and jewelry designer, makes it all the more decadent.
Finalists: Marni, Marni; 1932 Les Exclusifs de Chanel, Chanel; Sì, Giorgio Armani; Repetto, Repetto; Honey, Marc Jacobs; Elle L’Aime, Lolita Lempicka; Peony & Blush Suede, Jo Malone; Acqua Nobile Iris, Acqua di Parma; Dahlia Noir L’Eau, Givenchy
PRIX DE L’AUDACE
Most Daring Fragrance: SI, GIORGIO ARMANI
“Sì is my tribute to modern femininity, an irresistible combination of grace, strength and independence of spirit,” muses Giorgio Armani of the modern chypre spiked with light, musky wood tones. Chic, sultry, intense yet soft all at the same time, Sì was designed as an audacious declaration of independence, liberty and love, with a bewitching edge that entices and hides nothing: blackcurrant, like a forbidden fruit, is a full-bodied dark, intoxicating nectar, while sensual vanilla, amber, freesia and Rose de Mai mark the fragrance with unmatched subtlety.
Finalists: La Vie est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Légère, Lancôme; Jour d’Hermès, Hermès; Peony & Blush Suede, Jo Malone; Pleats Please Eau de Parfum, Issey Miyake; Honey, Marc Jacobs; Marni, Marni; Eau d’Ivoire, Balmain; Desire, Dolce & Gabbana; Repetto, Repetto
PRIX DU FLACON FÉMININ
Best Bottle: HONEY, MARC JACOBS
Honey’s fun, frisky bottle design and creative ooze tickled our fancy so much, we’ve given it the Best Bottle award. Honey is as girly and playful as they come, with the bottle a reimagining of Jacobs’ Dot design, dressed in a new, sunny buzz—white dots, a honey-yellow topper and striped bee-like butterflies adorn the flacon in place of Dot’s ladybirds, a nod to the fragrance’s delish cocktail of creamy notes of mandarin, honeysuckle, peach nectar, and - of course – honey. A whiff and a glance at the pearl-bodied bees and gold encircled neck is like inhaling sunlight, a joyful antidote to gloom.
Finalists: Pleats Please Eau de Parfum, Issey Miyake; La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Toilette, Guerlain; Marni, Marni; Elle L’Aime, Lolita Lempicka; Jour d’Hermès, Hermès; Flash, Jimmy Choo; La Vie est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Légère, Lancôme; Sì, Giorgio Armani; Flower In The Air, Kenzo
MC Malaysia Country Winner: 1932 LES EXCLUSIFS DE CHANEL
The essence of chic, and Coco Chanel’s bedazzling Bijoux de Diamants first jewelry collection, concentrated by Chanel into a quintessential fragrance with ingredients so intense, a few drops are enough to sustain the scent for hours. The main reason why Marie Claire Malaysia chose 1932 as the fragrance of the year, and besides, we couldn’t think of anything more decadent. Re-released this year in a deluxe extract, perfumer Jacques Polge decked out 1932 with a woody facet, tempered with a hefty hit of jasmine, whilst iris, vetiver and musks give it a heady and grown-up appeal.