Hot Launch: Christian Louboutin’s First Fragrance Collection

By Carolina Ospina-Giraldo


From left: Christian Louboutin Bikini Questa Sera, Tornade Blonde and Trouble in Heaven, $375, 80 mL EDP, at select Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom stores


The backstory: After dipping his toe into beauty two years ago with the launch of a nail polish collection, footwear legend Christian Louboutin is now branching into perfumery with three new scents: Trouble in Heaven, Tornade Blonde and Bikini Questa Sera.

The bottle: A collaboration with Heatherwick Studio (designers of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron) resulted in a unique design that’s as daring as Louboutin’s red-soled shoes. The twisted flacon plays with transparency and exposes a vibrant ombré colourway unique to each parfum.

The notes: All three editions are heady with florals. Inspired by the warmth of an Egyptian sunset, Bikini Questa Sera has top notes of the proprietary molecule Paradisone and green nectars, a heart of jasmine and tuberose absolute, and a base of Australian sandalwood, ambergris and Haitian vetiver. Tornade Blonde is sparkling and effervescent, opening with rhubarb, violet leaves and cassis before unfolding into a floral core of Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac absolute, orange flower petals and Brazilian gardenia, and a warm dry-down of ambergris, cedarwood, sandalwood and patchouli. Built around the purple iris flower, Trouble in Heaven is the most sophisticated of the bunch, starting with bergamot and the aquatic note Cascalone and finishing with amber, patchouli, tonka absolute and labdanum.