If the name Stefano Canturi doesn't mean anything to you, it should. The renowned Australian jewellery designer, famed his geometric designs, is having quite a year. Having opened his first Stateside boutique in NYC this January, his first foray into fragrance launched into the exclusive Bergdorf Goodman department stores in April. He then — along with the majority of the population — saw his designs appear in the hotly-anticipated Sex and the City 2 movie. It's not the first time the Aussie designer has seen his work grace the silver screen, having created a 134-carat, 1,308-diamond necklace for Nicole Kidman’s character Satine in Moulin Rouge, as well as designs for The Matrix and Superman Returns. Oh and he's the man behind the world's most expensive Barbie.
He was back on home turf this week to launch Canturi eau de parfum to the Australian market — it will bow into Myer later this month. Created alongside perfumer Kevin Verspoor, it is Stefano's first artistic venture outside of jewellery design, but one that shares many parallels: "Like jewellery, fragrance is the ultimate expression of the wearer's personality," he says.
Keep reading . . .Existing fans of his work will not be disappointed: the bottle was inspired by the interlocking style of Cubism and the scent itself harkens back to the iconic period, fusing together bergamot, mandarin, neroli, rose, jasmine, patchouli, amber and vanilla to create a modern oriental-chypre blend that wears beautifully. Next year sees the 25th anniversary of the brand, and with this new art form firmly under his belt, we're predicting another successful 25 years.
Canturi eau de parfum will be available in 50ml ($135) and 100ml ($195) exclusively at Myer from October 25.