Tonight the winners of the Fragrance Foundation France awards will be announced at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental, near the Paris Opera.
For the second year running, I was a member of the Specialists’ Award jury, composed of journalists and evaluators, to discuss a short list drawn from the niche and exclusives launches of 2010 -- this time I was joined by my friend Octavian Coifan. And I’m happy to say that true beauty and originality was acknowledged, even by those members of the jury who hadn’t had a chance to discover every product on the short list beforehand. The winner and two finalists are simply the most interesting perfumes to have come out last year – two of which I voted for quite abundantly with my skin over the past months, the third a very beautiful composition that got an excellent reception in the blogs.
I am now extremely curious to discover the winner of the Perfumers’ Award, voted on a by jury presided over by Edouard Fléchier. Last year, Mathilde Laurent nabbed both trophies for La Treizième Heure… It seems that this year’s selection is similarly original and challenging.
I will try to report as soon as I come back from the gala, which can boast the greatest concentration of fine noses in the world. I've picked the dress, but not what I'll spritz on my cleavage...
Now on to you : among the niche/exclusives launches of 2010, who deserves the Specialists’ Award in your opinion ?