Frédéric Malle’s new perfume ménages à trois

Frédéric Malle’s new perfume ménages à trois

By Deborah Fulsang

Designer collaborations are terribly de rigueur—hello H&M, Gap, Target et al. On that note, scent-obsessives will be happy to know that perfume maker Frédéric Malle has linked creative forces with fashion designer Dries Van Noten.

In the past, Malle has teamed with some of perfumery’s most distinguished noses, from Dominique Ropion and Edmond Roudnitska to Jean Claude Ellena and Pierre Bourdon, but now intends to open a new chapter in his olfactory escapades.

According to WWD, he “has embarked on what he describes as [a] series of fragrance portraits of highly creative, interesting people, from fields such as fashion, photography, the arts and film.”

Malle’s first perfume portrait will be “Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle.”

“It’s not a duet between the perfumer and myself,” Malle told the New York-based journal, “it’s literally a ménage à trois.”

Reports have it that the fragrance will be a “modern oriental.” It debuts this week in Europe and in April for North American markets.

Browse other Frédéric Malle fragrances in our Perfume-o-pedia.


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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.