SS Daley celebrates winning the LVMH prize; Parfum Factice Collector sets a record – WWD
A WINNER : British menswear designer Steven Stokey-Daley hosted an intimate reception on Wednesday to celebrate his win at the LVMH Prize for Young Designers ahead of June’s edition of London Fashion Week, which begins Friday evening.
Members of the British fashion industry, including fashion editors, stylists and other designers such as Chet Lo and Brandon Choi, as well as faculties from his alma mater, the University of Westminster, including the senior lecturer Robert Leach, and Andrew Groves, director of the Westminster Menswear Archive, gathered at the Decimo restaurant on the top floor of the Standard Hotel London to congratulate the latest winner while sipping delicious cocktails throughout the night.
Stokey-Daley beat out some 1,900 applicants this year to win a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of expert coaching at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, parent company of brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Fendi, Givenchy , Loewe and Kenzo. .
The designer captured hearts and minds with his theatrical shows at London Fashion Week that see Britain’s class system through an eerie lens, winning high-profile fans including Harry Styles, who wore his graduate collection in his music video “Golden”.
Stokey-Daley is planning his next runway show in September, which he promises will once again challenge the traditional runway format. — TIANWEI ZHANG
FOR REGISTRATION: Sudhir Gupta, who started collecting rare perfume bottles from a store on Canal Street, has now set a Guinness World Record.
Gupta’s collection of dummy—fragrance bottles used for advertising or department store displays that are typically empty or filled with water—is on display at an exhibit in Hackensack, New Jersey called Factice: The Factice Collection.
Dummy is a whole new category for The Guinness World Records, and the New Jersey exhibit will show Gupta’s record-breaking assortment of more than 3,000 rare replica perfume bottles, valued at $2,000 to $100,000. $ each, including models from brands such as Chanel, Estée Lauder, Guerlain and Andy Warhol.
The exhibition was designed by artistic director Mercedes Acosta and opened Thursday at 70 First Street in Hackensack, New Jersey, for free tours by appointment. The space was minspired by the interior of the iconic Upper East Side pharmacy, Lascoff Drugs, which closed in 2012.
“Some would say it was love at first sight,” Gupta said of the first dummy he laid eyes on. It was a fake Nina Ricci L’air du Temps, and he discovered it while dusting the basement of a perfumery on Canal Street where he worked to prepare for college when he arrived in the United States in the early 90.
Because they are not intended for consumer use, dummies are not available for sale by conventional means — and the bottle of L’air du Temps that Gupta found that day was no exception.
“I didn’t even know what it was,” Gupta, from Chandigarh, India, said of the dummy. Although he didn’t have a great interest or knowledge of perfume at the time, Gupta was immediately fascinated by the bottle.
After inquiring with the store owner, he explained why the bottle was there — and what it would take to get it — the owner eventually agreed to sell it to him for $2,000. A few dozen paychecks later, Gupta inaugurates his collection.
From then on, Gupta stocked up on bottles where and when he could, trying his luck at flea markets, pharmacies like Lascoff Drugs and department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus, making friends along the way who s gave in to his passion, helping him to expand his collection. via trades under the table.
“Whenever I had extra money, I budgeted it,” said Gupta, who made deposits to secure dummy ones with sources and then paid the rest of what he owed over time.
While Gupta believes his move into perfumery was a stroke of ‘fate’, he ended up leaving shortly after buying the dummy L’air du Temps, instead earning a living independently by buying and reselling perfumery. hard-to-find perfumes, a concert that allowed him more avenues and freedom to develop his collection.
Today, the centerpieces of the collection include a rare Guerlain Shalimar dummy, one of two Parera Tentacion dummy in the world and the most expensive dummy of all: a 1920s Caron Les Fontaines Baccarat from the estate of Madame Alexander , estimated to be worth $100,000.
On June 6, the collection was inducted into the Guinness World Book of Records as the world’s largest to date, an honor Gupta had been eagerly awaiting confirmation of since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although fakes are no longer made by most companies, Gupta continues to grow their collection to this day, having made a name for themselves as an antique dealer in rare bottles. —NOOR LOBAD