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Lady Gaga’s black-hued perfume Fame, and Calvin Klein’s woody-spicy Encounter (fronted by actor Alexander Skarsgård), took home the Consumers’ Choice Award in the women’s and men’s categories respectively at last night’s seventh-annual staging of the Canadian Fragrance Awards by Cosmetics Magazine at the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal.
The choice of Fame and Encounter illustrate the judges’ and the zeitgeist’s love of scents and ideas that pay homage to perfume’s rich past while rethinking that history with modern-day thinking. That held true whether an award celebrated a perfume that was inspired by an iconic city—as in Chanel’s Venice-loving Coco Noir, which won in the Best Limited Launch in the women’s category—or it was the acknowledgement of a new kind of interactive beauty magazine—The Whale & The Rose took home the award for Best Broadcast/Web Media Editorial for our high-service Fragrance Buying Guide feature.
Yes, it was an industry event, but dear readers, if you’re in the market for a new spritz, you really can’t go wrong with any of the winners of this year’s awards.
So, for the record, here are the trophy recipients.
Best Niche Launch: Acqua di Parma Blu, Holt Renfrew
Best Luxe Launch (women’s): Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay, Estée Lauder Companies
Best Luxe Launch (men’s): Lalique Hommage À L’Homme, Prestilux
Best Limited Launch (women’s): Chanel Coco Noir, Chanel
Best Limited Launch (men’s): Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb, L’Oréal Canada
Best Full Market Launch (women’s prestige): Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, Lancome/L’Oréal Canada
Best Full Market Launch (women’s mass): Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted, Elizabeth Arden
Best Full Market Launch (men’s): Calvin Klein Encounter, Coty Canada
Best Private Label Launch: Wisteria, Crabtree & Evelyn
Hall of Fame (women’s): Trésor, Lancôme/L’Oréal Canada
Hall of Fame (men’s): Azzaro, Clarins Fragrance Group
Favourite Scent (judges’ choice): Balenciaga Floribotanica, Coty Canada
Favourite Scent (consumers’ choice, women’s): Lady Gaga Fame, Coty Canada
Favoruite Scent (consumers’ choice, men’s): Calvin Klein Encounter, Coty Canada
Best Print Media Editorial: “When Night Falls”, by Lesa Hannah of Fashion magazine
Best Broadcast/Web Media Editorial: “Fragrance Buying Guide” by Deborah Fulsang, thewhaleandtherose.com
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