Kapsule are new unisex fragrances from Karl Lagerfeld. Please to enjoy the press release, as it's as weird and wonderful as KL himself. My overall quite favorable impressions of the scents follow.
Fashion flows from Karl Lagerfeld with the ease that rain falls from above.
When the sky seems immobile, he senses the vibrations in the air. He decides on the weather, then gently blows the trend.
He has a divinatory eye, a free spirit and a precise hand.
With him, today is already tomorrow.
Everywhere, his magic is at work…
Clothes, accessories, photos, books, objects… His infinitely rich and perfectly coherent world defines new borders for our own.
Conventions, surplus and complications are tossed aside. Instead, a new world is invented, where sophistication and simplicity go together.
A SIMPLE STORY
Because he hates all that is pompous and excess, he goes straight to the point.
Through his creations, and on himself, he models elegance and modernity, and helps us to choose. The antidote to frenzied, frantic excess: the capsule wardrobe.
Three items of clothing: a jacket, jeans and a shirt. Indispensable pieces that can be mixed and matched to infinity, offering us the assurance of always being in step with fashion and our desires. Masculine? Feminine? "Everyone," says Karl, "has one head, two arms and two legs."
Gender doesn’t matter, as long as you have style…
The Kapsule collection, too, is designed for one and all…
It is just as short, just as clear, just as easy. It refreshes the art and the pleasure of fragrance.
Light, Floriental, Woody… In three fragrances, Karl Lagerfeld interprets the major fragrance families, recreating for us an ultra-simple and luxurious olfactory dressing room. As chic and accessible as a capsule wardrobe, and just as rich in possibilities.
An avant-garde concept illustrated by three exquisite and carefully composed fragrances. You can use one, exclusively. Or wear three in a row. Choose them to match how you're feeling or what you're wearing.
TO MAKE A BRIGHT START TO THE DAY - LIGHT (by Mark Buxton)
Under the sun or in the snow, the sharp and vibrant bitter orange bursts into a gallop. Freshness, energy… and then it takes off. The pace slows to a trot with the arrival of a beautiful water-drenched jasmine. The speed stays light, but the petals shiver as nutmeg and clove pass by. And musk leaves an enticing scent in its wake… Is this simple and perfect concoction falsely modest or… worse… a libertine ingénue?
TO FIND ADVENTURE AT EVERY TURN - FLORIENTAL (by Emilie Coppermann)
This sensual and unexpected scent beckons you to the surprises of love. It has stripped down the slightly heavy construction of its original family to reinvent its identity. More modern and subtle. With ravaging incandescence, it prefers the diffuse heat of the skin. It presents itself with distinction: green, acute, ivy leaves give it structure. And, ever so tactfully, it imprisons you in a fatal accord of violet and black tea leaves. It cannot be accused of lacking elegance. But who can resist its exquisite and languorous beauty?
TO MAKE THE MYSTERY LINGER - WOODY (by Olivier Cresp)
Intrigue them. Cover your tracks by being yourself more than ever before. Move from shadow to light. From bark to pulp. Play it dry and show your tender side. Finally, keep one thing in mind: refinement. This delicately faceted woody fragrance overflows with sensations. Magnificent cedar offers magnitudes of noble dryness and deep vibrations. Dense, dark moss adds a hint of mystery. And full plum shares its velvety freshness. No one can forget this aura that never ceases to amaze – without ever relenting to reveal its secret…
(bitter orange, jasmine, nutmeg, clove and musk) is the most masculine of the three, to my nose. It starts off with citrus, then takes on some spices over a dry background. Later the musk comes in to soften things up a bit.
(ivy leaf, violet, black tea) is my second favorite. Despite the listed notes it smells a lot like Obsession for Men to my nose - ambery, slightly spicy, not particularly floral.
(cedar, amber, plum, moss) is my favorite of the three. It's not as woodsy as the name might suggest. There's an interesting fruity richness that reminds me of one of my favorite sweets, Polish chocolate-covered prunes. As the scent dries down, the woods are more prominent and the scent takes on a slightly more masculine vibe, but an overall sweetness keeps it unisex.