Maison Martin Margiela embodies the “anti-brand” par excellence. The Belgian designer creates fashion with a revolutionary statement. The color white plays a central role for the designer. The color is reflected both in his studio and in the interior design of his stores, from white shopping bags and packaging materials to the white label of the brand. The designer focuses on his creations, doesn’t give any personal interviews, doesn’t let himself be photographed and does not appear on the catwalk after his shows. His fashion creations are always in the foreground and the designer sends his models onto the runway masked, thus censoring their faces.
The scents immediately conjure in the mind's eye images and impressions... Positive emotions that are associated not only with our own personal history but also with the collective unconscious. Composed by major perfumers such as Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud and Marie Salamagne, the Replica Creations capture fragrant moments that revive our hidden memories.
"This challenge was as stimulating as it was interesting for the brand. From the beginning, we thought of certain memories that would evoke these scents. But we had no idea what difficulties, and countless attempts, were waiting for us until we would finally achieve the results desired." - Maison Martin Margiela
"Each creation is based on the desire of adding unique and modern elements to commonly known fragrances in order to lend a new and innovative side to each one. Personally, I not particularly like the concept of nostalgia - I prefer rather the concept of rediscovering scents that actually already a part of us all." - Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud.
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VonP (verified owner) –
The only negative here is the performance, although to be fair, is quite typical of barbershop style scents. It’s actually very realistic to a barbershop scent, and might be a slight surprise to fans of barbershop fragrances.
Matthew Van Grinsven –
I generally have not liked scents that I heard were barber shop or fougere scents so I was not expecting to like this one. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
This has a classic masculine smell that I quickly matched up to smelling like (and I know this might seem a little nuts), but Bohemian Lime by Goldfield & Banks. Bohemian Lime is more subdued and smoother — but the general smell you get off of these is uncanny, especially given the different ways the two scents get there. I love Bohemian Lime, so now I love this one. VonP said the longevity wasn’t so great for him, but off of the 1 wear I’ve gotten off this so far I got different results. I put it on last evening, and it’s 9 AM and I still got it fairly strong. Off this one wear, I’d say the longevity on this one is actually highly above average (which is not true of most from Maison Margiela for me.
So far, this is my favorite scent from Maison Margiela. I’ve still got to work out how this may fit in my collection, but I am definately happy I got it. Simply put, fougere done right. I love it.