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DEBORAH FULSANG sat down with the young beauty Kate King during February’s Milan Fashion Week to speak about fragrance, food and living the fabulous life as the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s newest scent.
Fulsang: So you’re Canadian, how often do you go back?
KATE KING: A couple times a year, I live in New York so it is pretty close.
DF: When did you leave Canada?
KING: I left Canada when I was 13, we moved to the States because my parents got jobs there. I moved around a lot when I was a kid and my parents are from all over.
DF: And yet you look so Sicilian in the campaign images, what are your roots?
KING: Well, my mother is from Guyana, so she has a background of a bit Portuguese, a bit Indian; very diverse. And my father is Scottish.
DF: What is your relationship with fragrance?
KING: I grew up playing a lot with essential oils. I used to buy lavender, patchouli and jasmine and I used to mix them. I have always loved beauty products and fragrance in particular. So it is really special that [Dolce and Gabbana] asked me to do the testimonial for it. It’s always been apart of my life.
DF: How old were you when you were mixing around with your essential oils?
KING: Maybe like eight or nine.
DF: Tell me a little about the shoot, it looks like you’re in a grove of flowers.
KING: We recreated the outside of a stately Sicilian home – we shot the film in Sicily, but we shot the print campaign here in Milan. Domenico [Dolce] shot it and Stefano [Gabbana] is the creative director, so it was their vision coming to life.
DF: And what was it like? Tell me about the experience.
KING: It was really amazing, they are both so lovely. They have a definite vision, they know exactly what they want: They’ve been creating this vision and it is really going back to their Italian and Sicilian roots.
DF: You talked about patchouli and some of those oils that you played with as a kid but what is it about this fragrance, the floral nature of it, that appeals to you?
KING: I think the fact that it is different. It’s the first time the white amaryllis has ever been used in a fragrance. When I look for a fragrance, I look for something that original and unique and can be instantly recognized. Like, when my friends smell it they can [say] “that’s her!”
DF: Where do you wear your fragrance?
KING: I’ve been playing around with it a lot lately. It depends: Sometimes I like to spray it in my hair, on my pulse points. With this fragrance, I’ve been spritzing it everywhere.
DF: Of course you wear Dolce & Gabbana Dolce now, but what others are your favorites?
KING: I really love Light Blue, I just bought that for my sister, she really loves that. I wore them together the other day and they smell amazing together. Oh, and Dolce The One, I wear that sometimes! The men’s cologne I wear if I feel like mixing it up.
DF: Have you had a chance to travel through Italy much since you’ve been working with D&G?
KING: Yes! That’s one of the perks with working with them. You get to come to Italy, which is such a beautiful country, amazing culture, the food, the wine…
DF: Do you have a favourite place?
KING: It’s a toss up between Venice and Taormina, which is a town in Sicily – it is so beautiful. Venice is magical: the water, the architecture. It is so old; you feel the history. The food…There is nothing not beautiful there! And Taormina: It’s on a mountain and overlooks the sea; there’s the architecture…
DF: What’s your favourite Italian food?
KING: I just tried pasta Pappardelle – am I saying it right? With boar. I’ve never had boar and I think it is my new favourite!
Deborah Fulsang launched The Whale & The Rose in 2012 as a way to share her passion for fragrance. Follow her on Twitter @DeborahFulsang to tap her stream of consciousness on all things trend, pop culture and perfume-related.
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