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by habituallychic

09 . 25 . 07

This is a multi-faceted post. One that yet again illustrates the close connection between fashion, art and design, and in this particular instance, perfume.

I’d been hearing a lot about the new scent that Aerin Lauder created for the Estee Lauder company called Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia. It’s based on a private collection perfume that her grandmother, Estee Lauder, created in 1973 for herself. The part of the story that is so interesting is that the bottle for the new perfume is based on a Joseph Hoffmann brooch found in the Neue Galerie, a museum founded by Aerin’s father Ronald Lauder and dedicated to early-20th century German and Austrian art.

Above is the modern interpretation of the brooch in gold and encrusted with stones while below, the original Josef Hoffmann brooch made in Vienna in 1904 is made of silver, partial gilt, diamonds, moonstones, opal, lapis lazuli, coral, leopardite. I think it’s really interesting to see them together and see how the bottle design was influenced by the vintage piece and the fact that inspiration can be found anywhere!

If you’ve never been to the Neue Gallerie, you really should plan a visit. It’s a small little jewel box of a place with a fabulous restaurant, Cafe Sabarsky, named after the museum’s co-founder Serge Sabarsky, that serves authentic Viennese specialties. It’s a great place to enjoy a hot chocolate on a cold New York afternoon. The Neue Galerie (New Gallery) also has a Gustav Klimt exhibit opening on October 18th. Check it out and enjoy some beautiful art and maybe a little strudel.

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  1. RJH dl H September 25, 2007 | 4:05 pm

    Oh you got me there….,scents and hot chocolate,two of my favorite things.

    HB tell us what your favorite scents are.

  2. Habitually Chic September 25, 2007 | 4:19 pm

    RJH dl H,

    I feel I should check out the Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia now that I wrote about it. I usually wear Mimosa by Calypso in the summer and Narsico Rodriguez at night and in the winter but it doesn’t smell the same as it used to. I’ve been trying to find something new but it’s been hard. Any suggestions?

  3. RJH dl H September 25, 2007 | 4:46 pm

    I love Caron,”Royal Bain de Caron”,it is one of the first unisex eau de toilette fragrances created in 1941,they say that it brings good luck when wearing it(well in South America and Asia).

    It was created for an American millionaire,the flacon was inspired by a champagne bottle.

    I am sure you will love it,especially in winter!Try it!

    Harvey Nicols used to sell it in London and I know for sure that it is sold at Caron in their perfume temple on l’Avenue Montaigne in Paris.Maybe Barneys or BG or Saks sell it.

    I love Hermes,Chanel but usually stick to my signature scent.

  4. Style Court September 25, 2007 | 4:58 pm


    Amazing bottle, thanks for connecting all the dots. So interesting.

  5. The Peak of Chic September 25, 2007 | 8:39 pm

    I did not know that the bottle was inspired by the Hoffman piece! I do love that bottle. It would look beautiful on a vanity.
    And, I think Neue Galerie is one of the hidden gems of NY (I love Cafe Sabarsky, particularly in the winter!)

  6. Habitually Chic September 25, 2007 | 8:54 pm

    RJH dl H, I will definitely have to check out your suggestions! Thanks!

  7. Habitually Chic September 25, 2007 | 8:55 pm

    Hi Courtney, thanks for stopping by! I love connecting the dots!

  8. Habitually Chic September 25, 2007 | 8:56 pm

    Peak of Chic, the bottle really is beautiful but not cheap. Definitely a splurge purchase. You’ll have to come back to the Neue for the Klimt exhibit this winter!

  9. Things That Inspire September 26, 2007 | 12:36 am

    Great post – I have never been to the Neue Galerie, and will put it on my list of places to visit.

    For some reason, NYC has much better hot chocolate than anywhere else, IMHO.

  10. Suzy September 26, 2007 | 1:52 am

    What a fascinating post – I love seeing how artists and designers are inspired.

    Funnily enough, I wear Calypso perfume too, although I wear the Thè fragance, they are all so beautiful.

  11. Brilliant Asylum September 26, 2007 | 1:57 pm

    I am so glad to know the story behind this beautiful bottle. Great post!

  12. Habitually Chic September 26, 2007 | 2:39 pm

    Thing that Inspire, It really is a great little museum. You should definitely try to see it.

    That’s funny about the hot chocolate. I’ll have to test your theory this winter!

  13. Habitually Chic September 26, 2007 | 2:41 pm

    Suzy, I’m starting to get the feeling that no one really thinks up anything on their own any more but I also like to see what was behind someone’s inspiration.

    Also, maybe I should just check out a more wintery fragrance at Calypso instead of spending time searching around all over the place. I might have to think about that!

  14. Habitually Chic September 26, 2007 | 2:42 pm

    BA, thanks! So glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Anonymous September 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Daer Habitually, re your worry about creative types not thinking up things on their own … it’s impossible not to be influenced by something … nothing, especially not design, exists in a vaccuum … every designer you will ever meet (including the one for whom you work) is influenced by other designers, past and present, other tastemakers, other stylesetters … and if he/she says that’s not true, he/she is lying … there is nothing new in the world, just fresh interpretations, fresh approaches, fresh thoughts … new thoughts? no, but fresh ones, yes … that’s what (great) design and architecture is all about … rethinking out of the box … Some of Van Day Truex’s greatest designs (notably the 1974 Dionysos wine carafe for Baccarat) came from spotting a little something in a museum showcase and rethinking it for modern times and modern lives … Truex’s little woven silver basket for Tiffany, for example, was inspired by the cheap woven-wood baskets used to hold fruit in grocery stores … that takes real talent … to transcend the obvious and make it special …

  16. Jordan Cappella September 27, 2007 | 7:25 am

    Love Love Love! I was lucky enough to meet Aerin when I was the Director for Hogan, we held an event for he launch of the collection at Bergdorf Goodman in 2004 and she was one of the hosts. Beautiful and talented.

  17. ALL THE BEST September 27, 2007 | 12:54 pm

    I had the chance to smell it recently and it’s really very pretty.I adore the bottle!

  18. Habitually Chic September 27, 2007 | 2:00 pm

    Jordan – thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve seen Aerin around a lot but I’ve never actually met her. She does seem very normal and nice though.

    By the way, I love the new Sienna Miller ads for Tod’s and the Derek Lam designs. Very chic!!! Lucky you for being able to work for such a great company!

  19. Habitually Chic September 27, 2007 | 2:01 pm

    Ronda – I see I’m going to have to add perfume sniffing to my weekend activities. I will definitely check out for sure now! Thanks!