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Who is Dries van Noten, and why has Frederic Malle named a perfume after him? Dries van Noten, Age 54,  is a Belgian fashion designer, known for his innovative layered designs and unique use of colours, original patterns, and textures in his garments. The New York Times describes him as “one of fashion’s most cerebral designers".
Malle and van Noten have been friends for a long time, so when FM decided to expand his creative strategy beyond using important “noses”, and build a new collection using interesting people as inspiration, Van Noten was his first choice.
Malle says he sees raw materials - perfume notes - like colours, so developing the scent for Dries was like painting his portrait. Malle’s role was Creative Director who worked closely with Bruno Jovanovic, the artist.
And what is Dries van Noten’s portrait like?  Malle says it’s very special, and it fits him perfectly. It starts with a “bowl of comfort”, the creamy soft base of vanilla and Mysore sandalwood, which is then deepened with patchouli, rounded with musk and jasmine, and brightened by adding the “colours” of safran, clove, nutmeg, lemon and bergamot. Just like Dries’s designs – comfortable to wear, layered, textured and colourful.
Dries says the scent is unusual, not in the sense to be different or to disturb, but to be intriguing. To him, the scent feels like it has personality and comfort, there is a feeling of ease in it. Malle says he feels it has an understated sensuality.They are both right.  It’s a quiet scent easily worn by both men and women, with soft sillage which is deceptively and deliciously persistent.
Notes: Lemon, bergamot, sandalwood, jasmine, tonka, cashmere woods, saffron, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and musk
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Bruno Jovanovic

Price: $8.00