Picasso inspires Serge Lutens\' latest scent La Vierge de Fer


In September, French niche perfumerie Serge Lutens will launch an addition to the ‘exclusives’ collection, La Vierge de Fer. It will cost €125 for a 75ml bell jar from its European website and flagship store, the Salons de Palais Royal de Shiseido in Paris, or $300 from its new US website or Barney’s New York.

La Vierge de Fer is based around notes of lily. The firm never releases notes for its fragrances, but the accompanying text by Lutens reveals it to be inspired by Picasso’s picture Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. The juice is pale yellow-grey in colour.

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The firm has also announced the 2013 additions to the ‘vaporisateur Tout Noir’ format, which consists of a 30ml fragrance in a glass bottle inside a hexagonal black metal case, plus a 30ml spare, costing €90. The two perfumes chosen this year are Iris Silver Mist (1994) and Fourreau Noir (2009). The house is also releasing a limited edition (30 pieces) engraved version of last year’s export release La Fille de Berlin, with the oblong bottle featuring a shattered rose in embossed platinum, costing $600, and a limited edition powder compact (15 pieces) in real black Japanese lacquer featuring a snake in eggshell work and costing $1,900. Both are available from the Paris salon or (by request) from selected outlets.