Saturday, January 4, 2014

Gres Perfumes

Germaine Émilie Krebs (1903–1993), known as Alix Barton and later as "Madame Grès", relaunched her design house under the name Grès in Paris in 1942.

Prior to this, she worked as "Alix" or "Alix Grès" during the 1930s. Formally trained as a sculptress, she produced haute couture designs for an array of fashionable women, including the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Dolores del Río. Her signature was cut-outs on gowns that made exposed skin part of the design, yet still had a classical, sophisticated feel. She was renowned for being the last of the haute couture houses to establish a ready-to-wear line, which she called a "prostitution".

The name Grès was a partial anagram of her husband's first name and alias; he was Serge Czerefkov, a Russian painter, who left her soon after the house's creation; closed during World War 11, re-opened in Paris in 1945.  Grès enjoyed years of critical successes but, after Grès herself sold the business in the 1980s to Yagi Tsucho, a Japanese company, it faltered. Sold to the British American Tobacco in 1981. In 2012, the last Grès store in Paris was closed.

Fragrances:


Parfums Grès is the associated perfume house, which still exists, and is now based in Switzerland. In 1982 Madame Grès had to sell her perfume business for the sake of her Haute Couture house. The company Parfums Grès changed hands several times until it was finally bought by Silvio Denz in 2001. Grès's signature fragrance was Cabochard, created by Bernard Chant, and launched in 1958. As of March 2012, Cabochard is still being manufactured and retailed.

The perfumes of Gres:

  • 1930 Parfum Déesse
  • 1947 A de Gres
  • 1958 Cabochard
  • 1959 Chouda
  • 1965 Grès pour Homme
  • 1975 QuiProQuo
  • 1980 Eau de Cologne Grès
  • 1980 Eau de Grès
  • 1981 Alix Grès
  • 1982 Grès Monsieur
  • 1984 Grès Monsieur Sport
  • 1990 Cabotine
  • 1996 Pastel de Cabotine
  • 1996 Homme de Grès
  • 1997 Folie Douce
  • 1999 Grain de Folie
  • 2000 Air de Cabochard
  • 2000 Cabochard, relaunch and reformulation
  • 2002 Cabaret
  • 2003 Cabotine Bleu
  • 2003 Cabotine Rose
  • 2004 Câline
  • 2004 Cabaret Pour Homme
  • 2006 Ambre de Cabochard
  • 2006 Fleur de Cabotine
  • 2006 Caline Night
  • 2007 Caline Sweet Appeal 
  • 2007 My Dream Hommage a Marlene Dietrich
  • 2007 My Life Hommage a Marlene Dietrich
  • 2007 My Passion Hommage a Marlene Dietrich
  • 2008 Cabotine Delight
  • 2008 Goddess Hommage a Greta Garbo
  • 2008 Pastel de Gres
  • 2009 Cabotine Aquarelle
  • 2009 Cabotine Sensuelle
  • 2009 Mythos Hommage a Greta Garbo
  • 2009 Sphinx Hommage a Greta Garbo
  • 2010 Cabotine Gold
  • 2010 Cabotine Green Summer
  • 2010 Cabotine Moon Flower
  • 2010 Cabotine Floralisme
  • 2010 Caline Tender Moments
  • 2010 Caline Blooming Moments
  • 2011 Cabotine Fleur de Passion
  • 2011 Cabotine Fleur d’Ivoire
  • 2011 Cabotine Cristalisme
  • 2013 Cabotine Eau Vivide
  • 2013 Cabotine Fleur Splendide
  • 2013 Madame Gres
  • 2013 Lumiere Noire
  • 2013 Lumiere Rose
  • 2014 Cabotine Rosalie
  • 2014 Cabotine Floralie
  • 2015 Pièce Unique
  • 2015 Lumiere Blanche







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