NEW YORK, May 28, 2009 / FW/ — Fragrance’s biggest night of the year, the annual FiFi Awards held under the auspices of the Fragrance Foundation celebrated its 60th anniversary and the 37th annual FiFi Awards Ceremony.
The bash started on the red carpet with Jonathan Adler, Ernest & Tova Borgnine, Mary J. Blige, Simon Doonan, Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, Samantha Harris, Sean John, Lisa and Dustin Hoffman, Hilary Rhoda, Paris Hilton, Marc Jacobs, Queen Latifah, Daniel Sunjata, Erika Tarantal, Kate Walsh, together with the fragrance industry movers and shakers posed for photographers.
Held last night at the New York Armory, the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards is the fragrance industry’s most prestigious event where the gifted geniuses of the fragrance community compete to win a coveted crystal FiFi®, a recognized symbol of excellence.
Rochelle Bloom, President of The Fragrance Foundation comments “The FiFi® Awards calls attention to the artistry and pleasure of wearing fragrance and showcases great talent and creativity. Who wouldn’t want to rush out and try all of these brilliant little numbers?”
The 2009 FiFi® Award winners are:
Fragrance of the Year – Women’s Luxe:
Harajuku Lovers Fragrance – Love, Lil’Angel, Music, Baby, “G” – Coty Prestige
Fragrance of the Year – Men’s Luxe:
I am King – Sean John – Sean John Fragrances
Fragrance of the Year – Women’s Popular Appeal
American Beauty Beloved – BeautyBank
Fragrance of the Year – Men’s Popular Appeal:
McGraw by Tim McGraw – Coty Inc.
Fragrance of the Year Unique Boutique:
Tom Ford Private Blend Champaca Absolute – Tom Ford Beauty
Fragrance of the Year Women’s Nouveau Niche:
Chloé Eau de Parfum – Coty Prestige
Fragrance of the Year Men’s Nouveau Niche:
Burberry the Beat for Men – P & G Prestige Products, Inc.
Hall of Fame: Marc Jacobs
The Hall of Fame award is voted on by The Fragrance Foundation’s Board of Directors and is presented to an individual who has brought extraordinary ingenuity, creativity, dedication and inner resources to bear, not only to their company’s success but to the fragrance industry as a whole.
Marc’s contribution to the fragrance industry started with his very first signature fragrance and now encompasses many different and delicious aromas all imbued with his personality and flare.
He has built a fragrance brand with a broad appeal. From the time he entered Parson’s School of Design, Marc Jacobs has been a fashion designer to the core and a skillful fashion entrepreneur and he has built a fashion empire that literally spans the globe with retail stores in London, Paris Tokyo, Moscow, Madrid, Istanbul and Athens.
Female Celebrity Fragrance of the Year: Paris Hilton
Chosen by The Fragrance Foundation’s Board of Directors, Paris Hilton has created a wardrobe of fives fragrances that continue to enjoy unprecedented popularity.
She brings a unique and fun approach to the business and is looking forward to launching her sixth fragrance in June 2009.
Paris Hilton Entertainment focuses on the development of Paris Hilton-branded fashion, beauty, and lifestyle products, as well as her ventures in film, television and music. As the face of the company, Paris Hilton takes an active role by overseeing product development, design, marketing and promotion for Paris Hilton Entertainment.
Fragrance of the Year – Private label/Direct Sell:!
Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Noir Eau de Parfum – Victoria’s Secret Beauty
Fragrance Hall of Fame – two winners!
Davidoff Cool Water – Coty Prestige
White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor – Elizabeth Arden
Perfume Extraordinaire of the Year:
MANE for A Travers Le Miroir Thierry Mugler, Clarins Fragrance Group
(Perfumer: Alexis Dadier, Mane Paris)
Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage:
Women’s Scent Feature won by Allure Magazine for “Uncommon Scents”
Men’s Scent Feature won by Elle Magazine for “This Year’s Model: What a Boy Wants”
“Scent Bite” won by Elle Magazine for “Advanced Chemistry”
Blog won by Bois de Jasmin for “Scents of Cities – Kiev”
Technological Breakthrough of the Year:
Mane USA for Aquafine
Bath and Body Line of the Year:
Angel “Les Parfums Corps” by Thierry Mugler, Clarins Fragrance Group
Interior Scent Collection of the Year:
Nest Fragrances Collection Candles – Candela Group
Best Packaging of the Year Women’s Prestige – A TIE!
Harajuku Lovers Fragrances – Coty Prestige
Ma Dame – Jean Paul Gaultier – Beauté Prestige International
Best Packaging of the Year Men’s Prestige:
R1X Rocawear – Elizabeth Arden
Best Packaging of the Year Women’s Popular Appeal:
Avon Bond Girl 007 – Avon Products, Inc.
Best Packaging of the Year Men’s Popular Appeal:
McGraw by Tim McGraw – Coty Inc.
Best Media Campaign of the Year Women’s:
Sensuous – The Estee Lauder Lauder Companies
Best Media Campaign of the Year Men’s:
Dirty English From Juicy Couture – Elizabeth Arden
Retailer of the Year:
QVC and Tova Borgnine
C.F.S.S. Top Scorer of the Year:
Carlos Fernandez-Velasco, Business Manager, Thierry Mugler Parfums, Clarins Fragrance Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC.
[EDGARDO HERNANDEZ and MICA FUJIMURA]
Photos by EDWARD COLELLI