Francis Kurkdjian continues to trail-blaze across the perfumed globe with his perfume releases for top fashion houses (including Carven, Jean Paul Gaultier and Burberry). All the while, Kurkdjian does not neglect his own brand with its burgeoning releases, one of which, À la Rose must surely be this Summer’s prettiest, most feminine, apt-for-Summer release.
What Mr FK seems to do is blend two eras and two sensibilities, finely pitched and expertly blended. À la Rose may look modern in its beautifully contemporary FK square clad vibe but it has all the delicacy, whim and beauty of an old couture perfume master. To say that this release bursts with sweet, pink, subtle rose tenderness is an understatement.
Two varieties of rose imbue the radiance and richness of their petals in this eau de parfum – Rose de Mai absolute from Grasse for the base produces a sweet , carnal, bowl-you-over accent while Bulgarian Damascena rose oils create a fruity, juicy edge to the top note.
À la Rose practically skips from salon to Parisienne salon in its 1950s guise while remaining sure-footed and contemporary in its clean and assured delivery. How very adapt of Monsieur Kurkdjian. Thoughts of Audrey Hepburn in ‘Roman Holiday’ merge with West Side Story’s Maria midst her declarations of ‘pretty, witty and bright’ come to mind whilst wearing À la Rose. This is not for casual wearers or shirkers. This is a fragrance to highlight femininity with just the right exposure of good-girl leg or cleavage.
With the innocence and free spirit of untainted youth, À la Rose adds just enough penchant for the past to make herself doubly relevant.
Francis Kurkdjian’s À la Rose is available from Selfridges, Liberty, Harvey Nichols,John Lewis and Les Senteurs as well as from www.franciskurkdjian.com
À la Rose EDP natural spray is priced £145 (70ml)