ONE IN A MIL­LION Paco Ra­banne’s ob­ses­sion with metal un­earths a sen­sual new fragrance that leaves a last­ing im­pres­sion. By SC Chua.

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Paco Ra­banne once said: “Cre­ativ­ity is not about se­duc­tion. It’s about shock­ing. I try to cre­ate pow­er­ful mo­ments be­cause emo­tions speak only the truth.” This is how “the met­al­lur­gist” – as nick­named by Coco Chanel – stirred up the fash­ion scene with his cut­ting-edge take on style and de­sign. From shiny chain-link dresses (re­mem­ber Jane Birkin’s “Ra­ban­nette” mesh metal num­ber?) to plas­tic ac­ces­sories made of clear ac­etate, the Span­ish designer – who is also a trained ar­chi­tect – brings cloth, metal, leather, and plas­tic to­gether to cre­ate jaw-drop­ping avant-garde fash­ion. This ob­ses­sion with metal extends to Ra­banne’s fra­grances, start­ing with Ca­lan­dre, his first scent re­leased in 1969. For this, he mixed metal and glass as a re­flec­tion of his favourite ma­te­ri­als. The name is French for ‘ra­di­a­tor grille’ while its mas­cu­line fla­con is said to draw in­spi­ra­tion from the United Na­tions build­ing. As for the scent, it also gives off the im­pres­sion of metal: Ca­lan­dre is a har­mo­nious bou­quet of fresh green flo­rals burst­ing with rosy, woody, and pep­pery notes.

THE AL­CHEMIST

This scent would be­come the plat­form for his “Ra­ban­nian” vi­sion of ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign, and fra­grances. What fol­lowed was a suite of iconic scents, each borne of the no­tion of metal as a show­piece in Ra­banne’s eyes. A re­cent cre­ation, One Mil­lion, is the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tion with French designer Noé Duchau­four-Lawrance. Within a gleam­ing gold in­got is a strik­ing men’s fragrance that sym­bol­ises op­u­lence, flam­boy­ance, and suc­cess.

The spicy leather blend echoes the fa­mous Paco Ra­banne dress worn by French singer Françoise Hardy 40 years ago, a di­a­mond-en­crusted minidress in nine kilo­grammes of thin gold plates. Then came Lady Mil­lion for women: “Gold is the sym­bol of power and roy­alty, and of­fers some­thing pro­foundly vir­ile. But it is also some­thing ma­te­ri­ally re­as­sur­ing, some­thing sta­ble that, at the same time, holds some­thing magic,” said Ra­banne.

ON THE RISE

To­day, the new Lady Mil­lion em­bod­ies power and more. In cam­paign model Hana Jir­ick­ova’s words: “The world is her oys­ter. Strong yet fem­i­nine, she knows what she wants and how to get it.” Born in the Czech Repub­lic, Jir­ick­ova made her mark fu­elled by her am­bi­tion and hard work. The face of Lady Mil­lion goes by her motto that “se­duc­tion is my art, free­dom is my job,” and the ever avant-garde Ra­banne saw this in the 24-year-old from the start.

The eau de toi­lette, in con­trast to the orig­i­nal, is an em­blem of fem­i­nism and fem­i­nin­ity. This sparkling cock­tail is a rich bou­quet min­gling with fruity ac­cents of mango, neroli, and grapefruit, un­der­scored by sexy notes of musk and am­ber. “Lady Mil­lion loves life, is full of at­ti­tude, and pushes things to the limit,” smiles Jir­ick­ova. “She is my kind of woman.”

Hana Jir­ick­ova for Paco Ra­banne Lady Mil­lion Eau My Gold

Jir­ick­ova sparkles in the Lady Mil­lion Eau My Gold cam­paign

Paco Ra­banne Lady Mil­lion Eau My Gold EDT, RM275 (50ml) & RM349 (80ml)

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