Fragrance Foundation Awards Honor the “Silent Art Form” of Scent
Celebrating the “silent art form” of scent, the Fragrance
Foundation Awards kicked off with an introduction from president
Elizabeth Musmanno and the night’s host, actor-comedian Dana
Carvey on stage at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York.
Singer Taylor Swift accepted the Fragrance Celebrity of the
Year Award in recognition of having sold more than 150 million
units around the world.
Linda Wells, founding editor in chief of Allure, received the
2013 Hall of Fame honor. Described as “bringing fragrance to
life with words and pictures,” Wells was praised for demystifying fragrance without sacrificing its romance.
“Perfumers are our Picassos,” said Wells, who added, “I don’t
want to know what a world without fragrance would be.”
Later, Pierre Wulff and perfumer Jerome Epinette of
Robertet accepted the Perfume Extraordinaire of the Year honor
for Byredo’s Black Saffron. In accepting the award, Epinette
described himself as “amazed.”
The emotional highlight of the evening was the awarding
of the Perfumer of the Year—Lifetime Achievement award to
Firmenich perfumer Alberto Morillas. Morillas’ extraordinary
career has led to the creation of more than 300 fragrances,
including ckone, Estée Lauder Pleasures and Marc Jacobs Daisy.
Patrick Firmenich, during his introduction, described the perfumer’s move from a potential art career to one in fragrance.
Morillas, a self-trained talent, is driven by “unmatched curiosity
… emotion and instinct,” said Firmenich. Following a standing ovation, Morillas, who hand-writes his formulas and “lives”
The Fragrance Foundation Awards celebrated the “silent art form” of fragrance,
said foundation president Elizabeth Musmanno.
From left: Ben Gorham (Byredo), whose Black Saffron received the Perfume
Extraordinare of the Year award; Pierre Wulff (Robertet); and Jerome Epinette
(Robertet), the perfumer behind Black Saffron.
From left: Sabine Chabbert (The Fragrance Foundation France) and Yasuko
Yoshioka (Japan Fragrance Association).
From left: Yves Cassar (IFF), Martina Zeidler (P&G) and Helen Murphy (IFF).