Louis Vuitton’s Cologne Perfume Collection introduces its latest addition with City of Stars, an evening cologne that pays homage to Los Angeles.
The fragrance was born out of a dialogue between Louis Vuitton and artist Alex Israel. Combining contemporary art with perfumery, City of Stars recalls master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud’s Cologne Perfume Collection while adding a scent that brings together citrus quintet, Tiare flower, and sandalwood for the ultimate sensual experience. “The brilliance of citrus illuminates the night and creates a paradox between shadow and light, like a tension that’s soothed by a veil of Tiare flower, the gentle scent of monoi,” says the French perfumer. “Essence of sandalwood and the caress of powdery musk give this perfume sophistication. That magnetic combination is what lets this evening cologne bring on the night and exude sensuality — as if to say, ‘this is forever’.”
City of Stars is an ode to the nighttime, a sentiment best expressed by Israel’s painting devoted especially to this fragrance. “It’s a more extroverted eau than its predecessors,” he says. “It’s radically focused on the special, shimmering atmosphere of a night in Los Angeles when the singular setting sun gives way to the city’s lights and spotlights that traverse the sky.”
Imitating the dazzling night stars reminiscent of the City of Angels, Israel has invited the eye to travel with his original work of an idealized Los Angeles. The painting by the American artist dresses the packaging for the bottle as well as the travel case and fragrance trunk.