Fragrance is a big part of fashion, and who doesn't want to smell good and look good at the same time?
Scent and fragrance expert Sue Phillips was the main speaker at FashionSpeak Fridays: Fragrance as Fashion on Friday, February 20th at the National Arts Club in New York City.
Phillips is the founder and owner of Scenterprises, a company that gives customers a knowledge and understanding of fragrances and allows them to make their own scents.
Ms. Phillips asserted that fragrance should be a part of your everyday life. Whether you are a man or woman, she explained, fragrances are a part of fashion.
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Ms. Phillips—who is also the owner of the first custom fragrance bar, The Scentarium, located here in New York City—has found a new and innovative way to personalize your very own scents. She has developed a quiz that determines your own particular preferences for fragrance, and then has it made right there on the spot.
Fragrance as Fashion was extremely elegant and informative, and the two-hour event provided attendees with the history of fragrances and explained the differences between perfume and cologne.
The presentation also represented the women and men who are prominent figures in the fragrance world. Ms. Philips discussed Coco Chanel. She discussed how in the 1920's, Chanel decided that she wanted to come out with a Chanel perfume; stumbled across a fragrance that she loved and decided it would be her signature perfume. Chanel named the perfume Chanel No. 5 because that was the number of the fragrance in the line of scents she was given to smell. Chanel No. 5 has remained a classic signature scent today.
Ms. Phillips also spoke on fragrance and technology in the future, focusing on the concept of digital scent technology. She even mentioned the possibility of a scent being released from an iphone. It may sound strange—but hey, it is the iPhone.
In the past, Ms. Phillips has held positions at luxury brands such as Burberry and Tiffany & Co., where she created fragrance lines. She will also be begin teaching at LIM College starting Fall 2015 to introduce students to the vast world of fragrance.