Drinking it all in at the Fragrance Foundation Awards. (Photo: Bruno Dayan/Trunk Archive)
After Estée Lauder spokesmodel Kendall Jenner strolled down the red carpet in a slim-fit red gown, the Fragrance Foundation Awards celebrated the world of innovative scents. With a Hall of Fame inductee, a lifetime achievement award winner, a musical performance, and a star-studded audience, no one was walking around without wearing their signature scents.
We caught up with designer Tommy Hilfiger, Wilhelmina model Alexandra Richards, former model (and actor Bruce’s wife) Emma Willis, figure skater Johnny Weir, actress Sophia Bush, hairstylist Sally Hershberger outside of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on Wednesday evening.
Of course, with so many exiting, enticing, and lovely fragrances being worn (and applauded), we chatted about – what else? – smelling nice.
Yahoo Beauty: What was the first perfume or cologne you ever wore?
Tommy Hilfiger: It was called English Leather. It had this wood top on it. My friend from school wore it and he got to make out with his girlfriend when he was like 12. I said, “I’m doing the same thing!” It worked.
Alexandra Richards: Ralph Lauren Romance. I don’t wear it anymore. I was in high school. I read a lot of magazines. It was actually the tester in the magazines that you put on. It’s a young, flowery, innocent scent.
Sally Hershberger: Annick Goutal. I went to France when I was 18, and I got it. It was my first trip there. It was very feminine and womanly.
Johnny Weir: It was Obsession by Calvin Klein. I was 13. It was way too strong and masculine for me then and it certainly is now, as well. I loved the idea that I would go into school and people could smell me – not in that weird, puberty, “I’m becoming a man” way.
What is your go-to fragrance now, and why do you love it?
Tommy Hilfiger: I have my own fragrance, Tommy, and it seems like I should wear it. I’m wearing that most of the time. Sometimes I’ll pick up something when I’m shopping in Europe, but I don’t like anything too heavy.
Johnny Weir: White Suede by Tom Ford. I love a powdery scent. I love that it’s fresh. It’s clean. I smell slightly like my grandma, and it’s comfortable.
Sophia Bush: I’m actually layering two of the scents from my line, I Smell Great. I’ve been layering the Beach Babe and our Wild Honey, which my co-founder affectionately calls “Wild Babe.” They’re meant to be layered and customizable.
How many bottled fragrances do you own? Which has the best packaging?
Tommy Hilfiger: A dozen. Somebody English, like Penhaligon’s.
Alexandra Richards: 20! The square one – it’s black. Odin 03.
Johnny Weir: I edit pretty frequently, but I think at any given time, I’ve got 50 or 60. I love an antique looking bottle – something that looks like it’s been around forever
Emma Willis: Not a lot. I think I have three on rotation. I’ve got kids at home, so I don’t fragrance too much.
What is your favorite scent for the opposite sex?
Alexandra Richards: I like something that’s on the subtle side, for sure. I wear a lot of unisex scents. I don’t mind more of a musk, rouge kind of smell.
Emma Willis: My husband [Bruce] wears a scent called Quinine. It’s so far out there, but I love it. It’s very original. It kind of smells like iron. Not too musky.
Sophia Bush: Kiehl’s makes a really good oil. It’s in a brown bottle. It smells great.
What’s your favorite fragrance commercial or advertisement?
Sally Hershberger: Calvin Klein, Eternity, or YSL. Dior is nice, too. They’re sexy. Anything sexy, I like. It grabs my attention – erotic like that. I like scents that bring that out in people.
Johnny Weir: I love the Chanel videos. They’re so impactful, artistic and developed and fashionable. I love when a fragrance is a luxury that everyone can enjoy.