Youth goes by too quickly for most people and the most frustrating thing about it is that once it’s gone, it’s gone. There’s no getting it back. That doesn’t mean that you can’t at least pretend to be a teenager again, even if just for a night.
Celine’s latest perfume launch, Rimbaud, evokes the spirit of the teenage rebel poet who composed his entire oeuvre of dazzling, transgressive verse between 1870 (when he was just 16) and 1875. It comes as no surprise that literature’s most volatile enfant terrible is a hero to Hedi Slimane, whose fervent obsession with youth culture has shaped his work as Celine’s creative director.
Slimane remembers lying in the grass with his schoolmates as a young teenager, reading Rimbaud’s poetry and being ‘fascinated by the fragility and grace of the young poet and [feeling] his torments as they were our own.’ Celine’s latest fragrance, named after Rimbaud, bottles the quintessence of that Arcadian atmosphere with a powdery blend of lavender and iris, tempered by a hint of musk.
‘I have always wanted to create a perfume that evokes Utopia,’ says Slimane. ‘Illustrating that picture of Rimbaud, or the photos of thousands of young men and women I have made over the last 30 years.’
It is a celebration of youthful hedonism that is complemented by the glittering, holographic makeup of Berlin’s Uslu Airlines and London’s The Unseen. Uslu’s silver lipstick makes for stand-out clubwear, especially when paired with The Unseen’s reflective Spectra eye cream, which transforms under a phone camera’s flash from a silvery grey in real life to a glittery black in photographs. It is teenage debauchery all grown up.
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