A photo by Inez & Vinoodh called "Kristen 1996" inspired Byredo's latest scent, 1996 (also the year the duo bought their boho paradise in New York). A rich blend of black amber and violets, the eau de parfum is intended to throw the wearer into a fit of angelic ecstasy, where Kristen appears to be, with her closed eyes and berry lips. The scent started as a private edition, a gift among friends, but soon developed into a full-fledged craze, prompting the Stockholm founder and nose, Ben Gorham, to bottle it for the masses.
"These are the notes that we’ve always been attracted to that come from the different countries we have memories of, this is our house full of warm wood and high end design," say Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. "This picture represents the duality that underlies our work and our life together [and] the scent is very much Ben's impeccable and sensitive interpretation of that."
$175 at Byredo