Karl Lagerfeld Karleidoscope ~ new fragrance

Karl Lagerfeld Karleidoscope

Karl Lagerfeld will launch Karleidoscope, a new fragrance for women, in September. It is the designer's first release since 2008's Kapsule trio. The scent will be fronted by Italian model Bianca Balti.

Karleidoscope is reportedly noble and passionate; the notes include violet, angelica, heliotrope, freesia, patchouli, benzoin and tonka bean.

Karl Lagerfeld Karleidoscope will be available in 30 and 60 ml Eau de Parfum.

(via adiweiss.at, parfumandbeauty.nl)

Update: Karleidoscope will be exclusive to Sephora in Europe. It was developed by perfumer Christophe Raynaud.

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  1. Dilana says:

    Why do I think that this was a bottle idea for which they developed a fragrance?

  2. LaMaroc says:

    Has anyone tried any of the Kapsule collection? I’ve been thisclose to buying the oriental one several times.

    • Robin says:

      I tried them all. They were well done but I found them kind of dull — tried to write a review once, and couldn’t think of much to say. Loved that packaging though!

      • LaMaroc says:

        Those bottles are very cool. But if it couldn’t motivate you enough to write a review, I think I’ll pass.

      • annemarie says:

        The bottles are a direct copy almost of some luxurious bottles designed for Ybry, an obscure perfume house active in the 1920s but which went bust in the 1930s. Some of its perfumes were ‘Femme de Paris’, ‘Desire du Cour’, and ‘Mon Ame’. (Says she, sounding like an expert. I’m not at all, but the one fancy book on perfume bottles that I own has a full colour page devoted to the Ybry bottles, and the resemblance to the Kapsules is so obvious it has stuck in my memory.)

        I found the Kapsules dull too. I’ve seen them going for some very low prices recently but am still not tempted. It’s not a bargain if you don’t like it!

        • annemarie says:

          Sorry, ‘Désir du Cour’.

        • Robin says:

          How interesting, thanks! Always turns out that things came from somewhere.

        • LaMaroc says:

          Oh, I’m definitely going to have to look up those Ybry ones. Thanks!

          • annemarie says:

            I don’t have the book with me (I’m at work now) but I think it is _The Art of Perfume_ by Christie Mayer Lefkowith.


            Perfume bottle porn, I assure you!

          • Amanda says:

            Add to cart? yes. Click.

          • breathesgelatin says:

            I have her book about the Rosine perfume bottles and it is outstanding. My only wish is that there were more information on the fragrances themselves, not just their packaging.

  3. AnnieA says:

    “Bianca Balti”?? That really doesn’t sound like an actual name — “balti” is a kind of curry in the UK. Also, does Uncle Karl actually like perfume?

    • Robin says:

      LOL…it does sound sort of like a fake name.

    • PekeFan says:

      The original Chloe is still a great fragrance IMHO – a classic. I’ve not tried the Kapsule collection.

  4. FragrantWitch says:

    Love the name and bottle, will probably sniff as I like violet and heliotrope and love benzoin. I wasn’t aware of any other fragrances besides KL which is my mother’s all-time favourite… Must investigate!

    • Robin says:

      Not even sure they still make KL? But I don’t know.

      • pyramus says:

        Basenotes says KL is still in production. I haven’t seen it in eons, so I don’t know: they get things wrong on occasion. But even if they’re still making it, I bet it’s been reformulated more than once. It was GENIUS when it came out, a ravishingly dark, spicy, resinous scent, but much easier to wear than the standard spicy orientals Opium and Cinnabar.

      • ggperfume says:

        Still available on *bay – I know because I bought some as a Christmas present for a friend who always loved KL.

  5. Hmm, definitely intrigued. Love the name, packaging, and the notes sound great. Will have to try this one.

    • Robin says:

      I hope that outer box is a real working kaleidoscope.

      • pyramus says:

        The bottom of the box looks like faceted glass, so I’m thinking maybe it’s a teleidoscope, which is a kind of kaleidoscope that fractures whatever you’re looking at instead of having bits of coloured glass or acetate rattling around in front of a translucent screen. If they lined it with three mirrors, or even silvered paper, to make it a real working scope, then good for them. I have nothing against gimmicky packaging.

  6. eminere says:

    I think the bottle’s kinda ugly.

  7. thenoseknows says:

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!! SOUNDS DELISH! Kaiser Kalr actually LOVES Perfume… and was key in the process of the developement of the Original Chloe Fragrance, Lagerfeld, Photo, Sun, Moon, Stars and The Kapsule Trio and most importantly the KL Fragrances which are Bygone MASTERPIECES!!!!!!!! I own a Bottle of the Men’s Version and Get compliments EVERY TIME I wear it and the Women’s Version… WOO HOO… redolent of Peach and Amber and Musk and Jasmine and Magnolia and Gardenia… Too Lushly Oriental for it’s own delicious good! so i have high hopes for this… BTW

    This Is Bianca Balti….


  8. Flora says:

    The name just cracks me up, but I like the bottle idea and I hope that benzoin is a dominant note!

  9. nadiale says:

    does anybody know … which perfumehouse made it?
    it’s chanel right?

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