Prelude to Autumn: Wonderwood by Comme des Garcons

by Katie on June 29, 2010

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You know its that time of year when its mid festival season, Wimbledon’s on TV, there’s scorching heat and mugginess in London and the designer stores are already ridding themselves of Spring/Summer by tempting us with 50% off sales and sneaking in loads of Autumn/Winter 2010, when we’re still in flip flops and looking distinctly unglam.

I visited Selfridges yesterday and they are already hinting at Autumn/ Winter windows with the launch of Wonderwood fragrance by Comme des Garçons. The window’s theme is like stepping into an lush mountain forest. The fragrance perfectly captures this and evokes the musky, dark dampness and powerful woodiness of a forest. In this respect, the scent is distinctly for Autumn/Winter wear and is a bit incongruous when wearing in 28 degree city heat.

Inspired by a world of overflowing woods, woody notes and synthetic wood compositions, Wonderwood by Comme des Garçons mixes woody bases with Patchouli, Vetiver, Javanol and Cashmeran. This powerful mix promises the crinkle of Autumn leaves underfoot and the tingle of moss as it brushes against your skin. It’s almost like a walk in an enchanted forest as you expect Hansel & Gretel to come strolling by and happen upon a gingerbread house.

Like the smell of hard to find prized wild mushrooms or truffles, the earthy fragrance festers beautifully, hinting at decaying logs, ferns and foliage. There is a definite blackness to it so its best to wear with a sombre and serious approach. This is no lightweight and hints at the glory days of designerism in the 1980’s, of sombre Japanese designer brands partial to black and structured lines such as Commes des Garcons (naturally), Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto. It is slick though and good for men and strong willed women alike. It cuts through in clean lines despite its woody warmth. This is no shrinking violet…even if you are likely to come across one in a wild wood.

Launched at Selfridges and mark the worldwide exclusive launch, the Selfridges fragrance hall and windows have been transformed into a conceptual Wonderwood scheme, created by Comme des Garçons’designer Rei Kawakubo.

Wonderwood by Comme des Garçons is available in 50ml (£48.00) and 100ml (£63)

What is your favourite Autumn/Winter fragrance? Do you change your fragrance at the first sign of Autumn? Plus, what do you think of the annual change to A/W clothing in stores when still in the heat of Summer? Leave me a comment below or in the ‘shout mix’ box opposite. It’s very easy to do!
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