Vogue Nippon, December 2009
And here are a few words about the scent in English:
‘If it were a painting it would be The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. If it were an outfit it would be a vintage sequined jacket; something classic, well worn, timeless… If it were a piece of music it would be The Ring Cycle by Wagner,’ says the heiress and fashionista, Daphne Guinness of her first scent, Daphne, which launched at Dover Street Market in London in September.
Daphne is a rich, sensual scent, which incorporates smells associated with her past. There is tuberose for example, which she used to gather as a child from the family garden in Cadaques and frankincense, which is associated with her memories of church rituals. It also contains Florentine iris, bitter orange from Sicily, rose, jasmine and patchouli.
It was surely only a matter of time before Guinness should try perfumery. The socialite, known for her idiosyncratic style had already turned her hand to designing (a collection of white shirts for Dover Street Market in London), writing, styling and filmmaking (her second film coincided with the launch of Daphne). She created the scent in collaboration with Comme des Garçons following a suggestion from the company’s president, Adrian Joffe. Considering their often unconventional, approach to perfumery this was an apt partnering – Guinness is by no means ordinary. This might account for her aligning the scent with one of the most extraordinary paintings ever made and the longest piece of music ever written. To the woman who likes her scent opulent and exotic, this is fantastic.