“The Grass, The Trees, The Lake, And You”… The British artist Tracey Emin scrawled the words on the bottle. She also draw a couple embracing for the box, based on a sculpture she bought in Paris for her 50th birthday.
The scent was designed by Christian Astuguevieille with Émilie Coppermann on the occasion of the Serpentine Galleries' expanded presence in the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens with the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
And of course, this being Comme des Garçons, it conjures not only the bucolic fragrances of Hyde Park (that's the “grass, trees and lake” part) but a hefty whiff of London. What other brand would be loony enough to claim asphalt and “a little bit of pollution” in its notes list?
As unabashedly avant-garde as the venue it was created for, Serpentine's depiction of “Nature in the City” joins the groundbreaking Odeurs (53 and 71) and the cult Synthetics series in celebrating the evocative powers and bracing beauty of urban smells. You'll be wearing a piece of contemporary art.
Grass, leaves, pollen (galbanum, iris leaf), oxygen (aldehyde, ozone), asphalt (black musk, nutmeg), labdanum, smoked cedar with a little bit of pollution (benzoin, juniper wood, guaiac wood)