January 18, 2021

A New Noir: Tom Ford Touts Latest Fragrance and Big Plans for Beauty

MILAN — It was one steamy summer’s night, but Tom Ford kept it cool at a dinner where the vino bianco flowed, and the American soul musician Leon Bridges sang about New Orleans for the crowd at Giacomo Bistrot.
Ford was in Milan earlier this week to showcase his spring 2018 men’s collection and to unveil the third fragrance in his award-winning Noir franchise, Noir Anthracite, a chypre with lots of woody notes. Among the dinner guests was Jon Kortajarena, who appears in the ad campaign alongside Yasmin Wijnaldum.
“He’s the one sprawled out naked in the campaign — but he’s not going to sing for you tonight,” Ford told guests before introducing fellow Texan Bridges, and his backup singer Brittni Jessie, who performed an acoustic set by the bar.
Noir Anthracite, part of Ford’s Signature collection, will land on shelves in September, and the designer said it’s different from Noir and Noir Extreme, which have become bestsellers.
“Although the heart is still quite warm, this particular fragrance is a chypre, which really hasn’t been in fashion since the late Seventies,” said the designer, describing the juice with its notes of cedar wood, Indonesian macassar and santal Sri Lanka.
“It’s those woody notes that make

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