Christian Louboutin x Thomas Heatherwick

The houses of Louboutin and Heatherwick have joined forces to create a new range of fragrances that simply refuses to be ignored...

BY AMY BRADFORD

London buses, gin distilleries and now scent bottles – British wünderkind Thomas Heatherwick seems determined to prove he really can turn his hand to anything with the launch of his latest design. He’s the slightly leftfield choice to create the debut scent bottle for ultra-glam French shoe designer Christian Louboutin; it turns out the unlikely pair make a dream team (although Louboutin is a trained landscape architect, so perhaps the partnership isn’t as outlandish as it first appears). They spent lengthy sessions discussing, sketching and making prototypes, trying to realise Louboutin’s notion that 'liquid is alive' and could be made to flow dynamically through a bottle. Heatherwick’s final design – a glass rectangle that splits and twists, forming a central aperture before fusing together once more – was pronounced unmakeable by glass experts. But here it is: perseverance paid off.

To fill this stupendous vessel, Louboutin created three fragrances, each coded with symbolic colours. ‘Bikini Questa Sera’ evokes the idea of sun on hot skin at dusk and the intense colours of the Egyptian desert; it contains jasmine, tuberose and sandalwood and its bottle is coloured with a wash of gold and amber. ‘Tornade Blonde’ is a bright red-rose scent with a fruity aspect from rhubarb and cassis; its bottle is flushed with garnet red. Last but absolutely not least is ‘Trouble in Heaven’, a real femme-fatale number clad in deep purple with notes of iris, patchouli, amber and tonka bean. 

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Bikini Questa Sera', 'Tornade Blonde', and 'Trouble In Heaven' eau de parfums
ABOVE RIGHT: Thomas Heatherwick (left) and Christian Louboutin discuss the bottle design
BELOW: Christian Louboutin tests his inaugural perfume collection

ABOVE: The supercharged metallic versions of Heatherwick's sculptural bottle for Louboutin's perfume oils

These fragrances are unabashedly raunchy and should probably only be worn by women who appreciate the more extreme of Louboutin’s stiletto fantasies; they’re basically supermodels in liquid form – the curvaceous, caramel-of-skin variety who slink down Victoria’s Secret runways wearing nothing but a few strategically placed feathers, and always look hot on their Ipanema beach hols. They’re full-on divas, and they’re fabulous: fashionistas won’t regret a penny of the £215 they’ll pay for the juice and Heatherwick’s art-glass objet. 

Finally, all three scents are also available as sensuous perfume oils that mix with the wearer's skin chemistry to create an entirely personal fragrance. Once again the bottles were designed by Heatherwick but given a beautiful iridescent metallic lustre. If you want to stand out from the crowd this Christmas, look no further...
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'Bikini Questa Sera', 'Tornade Blonde' and 'Trouble In Heaven' eau de parfum, £215 for 80ml. Perfume oil, £245 for 30ml.

Pictures: Ali Mahdavi, Ash Reynolds