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Frédéric Malle is Partnering With Alber Elbaz for a New Fragrance

This scent is bound to be chic as hell.
Frédéric Malle and Alber Elbaz. Photo: But Sou Lai/Frederic Malle

Frédéric Malle and Alber Elbaz. Photo: But Sou Lai/Frederic Malle

Designer Alber Elbaz, the former creative director of Lanvin who abruptly left the label a year ago, will be teaming up with French perfumer Frédéric Malle for an upcoming fragrance. Elbaz announced the news on Monday during a ceremony in which he was named an Officier in the Légion D'Honneur in Paris. The scent, which will be called "Superstitious," marks the second-ever fragrance Malle has created in collaboration with a fashion designer — he previously partnered with Dries Van Noten in 2013 — and will be released in March of 2017.

"The word 'Superstitious' was the starting point of it all, something we agreed upon immediately. We are both superstitious," said Elbaz via a press release. "It's not about a collaboration, it's about friendship and respect."

Malle pointed to Elbaz's elevated take on fashion as one reason the designer stood out to him. "I have always admired Alber for making the women who wear his clothes appear even more beautiful," Malle said. "Like Alber's dresses, Superstitious elevates the women that wear it, it empowers them."

No word yet on what, exactly, the scent will smell like, though lucky guests at the ceremony in Paris got to experience it firsthand before its forthcoming launch. (The duo worked with perfumer Dominique Ropion — who is responsible for a number of Frédéric Malle scents, including standouts Carnal Flower and Portrait of a Lady — to concoct it.) One thing's for sure: It's bound to be chic as hell.

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