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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thierry Mugler's Stars, Angels & The Source

perfume fountain
star shaped bottle
It was a star-filled night. Thierry Mugler unveiled The Source at Tuesday’s InStyle Magazine summer social. It was an impressive space-age looking fountain dispensing the company’s top fragrances.

When Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume debuted, it was the must-have fragrance that every one of my fashion school friends and I had to have. The fashion designer was already a constant source of inspiration to us in our design sketches.  We were in love with the innovative star-shaped cut glass bottle that was so innovative at the time. It is still one of my favorite bottle designs.

In the 1990’s, it seemed to be a decade of “clean” fragrances and androgyny. There were a lot of watery scents that were chic for its time, but not sexy. Then Angel came along. It was described as the first “gourmand” fragrance. This was a term in the beauty industry that would become very important as countless brands followed Mugler’s lead in the years to come. The “gourmand” aspect of this perfume referred to the notes of vanilla, caramel, berries and bergamot. These were aromas associated with food rather than things like flowers. The perfumers figured out these flavors were already aphrodisiacs in food, why not the body?

At the summer social, representatives treated guests to mini versions of the Alien and Angel perfumes filled from the fountain. The futuristic look of the bottle and fountain takes its inspiration from 18th Century luxuries. Wealthy aristocrats would collect intricately carved crystal bottles filled with their favorite scent. Marie Antoinette even indulged in her personal perfume fountain. Now super-fans of Thierry Mugler can enjoy a version of that by refilling their bottles at The Source fountain. It’s an eco-friendly way to prolong your time with your favorite bottle.

Reach for the stars and you might find your Angel.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Thierry Mugler

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