In anticipation of Kilian Hennessy’s December 23rd in-store appearance, we thought we’d sit down and chat a spell….we’re always so intrigued by his collections and the inspiration behind them. Read on as we share our one-on-one interview:
BG: You’ve created a One of a Kind Fragrance exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman — PURPLE RAIN. We’d love for you to walk us through your process for creating such a rare and unique fragrance.
Kilian Hennessy: I created PURPLE RAIN thinking about what makes Bergdorf Goodman really unique…a blend of classic femininity with a very contemporary edge. For me, Linda Fargo IS Bergdorf! So I wanted to create a scent in her image…a scent that would be feminine of course but without using the classic feminine attributes. A scent that would make a statement. A scent that would leave no one indifferent. PURPLE RAIN is a careful balance of Violet leaf, Papyrus Wood and leather. Definitely not a scent for everyone! But the Bergdorf Goodman customer is NOT everyone! She deserves a unique creation.
BG. Your latest scented jewelry collection, Studio 54, is named after the iconic 80’s nightclub. What inspired you to revisit this particular era and scene? And how is Studio 54 reflected in the design?
KH: I wanted to create a collection that would take a festive twist for the holidays. Reminiscent of a disco ball adorned with black Swarovski crystals, this collection has been name STUDIO 54 in reference to the glamorous and iconic NYC club! The collection is composed of a bangle bracelet, a pair of earrings and a poison ring.
BG: Your scented necklaces are absolutely stunning. Are they to be worn as daily fragrance or as a special occasion piece? Do you have a favorite piece within the collection?
KH: Thank you so much! They were created to be worn daily. It is a new way of wearing your favorite perfume…more intimate, more precious. My favorite piece is the BLACK ONYX TASSEL…because it is the most versatile: it looks cool on a woman wearing a pair of jeans, T-shirt and stilettos or really elegant on a woman wearing an evening dress.
MEET KILIAN HENNESSY
As he presents his creative inspirations and introduces his two new collections: The Jewels of Oeuvre Noire & Addictive State of Mind
Tuesday December 23rd
4pm – 7pm
On the beauty level
212 872 2658