Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin : New Fragrance and Book

Serge Lutens is releasing a new perfume in the export collection called La Fille de Berlin. It’s based on an accord of roses and pepper.

Those who love Serge Lutens’s photography will be excited to know that the fragrance launch is accompanied by Lutens’s new book, Berlin à Paris. This book is described as “a 176-page journey through an imaginary world inhabited by striking personalities with bold expressions, in a sui generis of its own. The focal point of each image is the model – the sole subject and true aim of each shot – for whom Serge Lutens designs objects, accoutrements, jewellery, staging, hairstyles and makeup with a view to portraying a desired expression. Taken between 1967 and 2008, the photos in the book transport us to a visit where dreams grapple with fantasy.”

If you’re in Paris between now and December 21st, don’t miss the exhibit of his work at the Galerie Marcilhac. The exhibit includes 30 photographs that appear in Berlin à Paris. Galerie Marcilhac, 8 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris,

La Fille de Berlin Eau de Parfum, 50 ml/€78. It will be available in March 2013, with limited availability at Serge Lutens boutiques in February. The book is €100, and it can  be found at Electaweb.

Via Vogue.



  • Elizabeth: I love Berlin! One of my favorite cities anywhere. It’s where I first truly fell in love with perfume. When I was an exchange student there, I tried Miss Dior and was fascinated. The women in my family wore strong florals and Orientals, never chypres. I was hooked. Let’s see if this Berlin Girl perfume works for me! December 8, 2012 at 11:19am Reply

    • nikki: I studied in Berlin, too! I am German though…

      This sounds like a very interesting perfume/exhibit. I am reading a lot about Berlin the the 20s and the women were just fabulous, i.e. Marlene Dietrich. Those times during the Weimarer Republic were groundbreaking and it is an immense tragedy that the Nazi dictatorship destroyed all of that and oppressed and killed so many, most of all the German Resistance.
      I am glad that Monsieur Lutens pays hommage to the past and present Berlin. It still is a city which bares the scars of the last world war. December 8, 2012 at 11:46am Reply

    • Victoria: I would love to hear your impressions when it comes out! I love the idea of fragrance inspired by a place, and Berlin is such a fascinating city. December 8, 2012 at 1:57pm Reply

      • nikki: Berlin really is an amazing place, mainly for its history and the fact of its total destruction after the war, who can forget those photos and Rossellini’s movie: Berlin-Ore Zero. Berlin is an icon because it belongs to an era that will never be again, it was the centre of a large universe with areas which now belong to Poland and was truly the cultural heart of Europe in many aspects. However, it is also a very sad place, having been divided in two parts for decades. I applaud Serge Lutens for kindling the fire of nostalgia… December 9, 2012 at 12:08am Reply

        • nikki: Rossellini’s movie was called: Germany, year zero, and filmed in Berlin. December 9, 2012 at 12:11am Reply

          • Victoria: Just added it to my list of movies to watch. I’ve heard of it but haven’t seen it. December 9, 2012 at 6:21am Reply

            • solanace: Me neither. A ‘new’ Rossellini! December 10, 2012 at 2:45am Reply

        • Victoria: You make me want to book a ticket to Berlin right this minute! December 9, 2012 at 6:20am Reply

          • nikki: Yes, go by train reading Theodor Fontane

            or Heinrich Heine
            but not in winter as many still heat with coal, the sky is grey and it smells funny. Berlin is miserable in winter, unless you sit at Cafe Einstein drinking coffee with liqueur.

            Regarding Rossellini’s movie: he was way ahead of his time by filiming a trilogy of the devastation WWII left behind in Italy, a fascist country under Mussollini and Germany, a fascist country under Hitler and Paisa. He got a lot of criticism for his compassion with the German population totally bombed out and surviving in ruins. Rossellini was a great humanitarian and Isabella is continuing his legacy, she is training dogs for the blind in New York. December 9, 2012 at 9:48am Reply

  • Anna Minis: Roses and pepper! I can’t wait. And the association with Berlin is an extra bonus- beautiful town, cordial people, magnificent Greek vase and the bust of Nefertiti in the museum. December 8, 2012 at 11:48am Reply

    • Victoria: So true! I love the sound of this perfume already. December 8, 2012 at 1:58pm Reply

  • Jeff Berbert: Have any of you tried The Scent of Departure collection, which are all inspired by various cities? Some far more successful than others, but all worth sampling if possible. December 8, 2012 at 2:00pm Reply

    • Victoria: I haven’t tried this collection. Which ones were the most interesting, Jeff? December 8, 2012 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Jeff Berbert: Victoria, my favorites are:

    1 Vienna – grass and mint, followed by florals and then vanilla and coffee.
    2. New York – sour apple lilac and rose
    3. Los Angeles – grapefruit, plum and jasmine
    4. Istanbul – a wonderful Turkish rose with pink pepper and cinnamon
    5. Miami – Blood orange and amber

    I also liked the two German cities, Frankfurt and Munich, although I don’t see what the fragrances notes have to do with either city.
    Munich does not make me think of tea and lilacs. Odd that London has no tea note at all. December 8, 2012 at 2:33pm Reply

    • Victoria: Vienna sounds great! Vanilla and coffee is what I think of whenever Vienna comes to mind–the famous Austrian pastries….. December 8, 2012 at 2:38pm Reply

  • Emma: Serge Lutens is ahead of everybody else, again!! I like his new departure creatively, little by little leaving his old olfactory signature genres to all those unimaginative perfumers and perfume houses that have been doing with years if not decades behind what he’s been doing for more than 20 years – what fragrance line, what perfumer doesn’t have a myrrh, a leather, an iris, an amber-something today??
    I am getting Lutens new book too. “La fille de Berlin”, so many things come to mind, I just can’t wait!! December 8, 2012 at 2:54pm Reply

    • Victoria: Please let me know what you think of the book. The photos I’ve seen from it look spectacular. I love his focus on makeup, hairstyle and fashion and his use of colors and shapes. The color itself becomes the main player. No wonder, his makeup line is so unique. December 9, 2012 at 5:55am Reply

      • nikki: I love his lipsticks! They are insanely expensive, but what colors and pigments, really worthwhile! The tea rose shade is fuchsia and stays on forever, the refills are cheaper though, but still pricey. December 9, 2012 at 9:51am Reply

  • carole macleod: Do you know the famous picture of Marlene Dietrich, smoking with a long black cigarette holder? She is standing with her arms draped around Anna Mae Wong (what beauty! What an underapprecaited actress!) and…Leni Riefenstahl. It is evocative of the entire era.

    I look forward to this release! Roses and pepper sounds amazing. i have yet to try the gardenia fragrance from SL-I like the sound of it, too!
    Carole December 8, 2012 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’m keeping my fingers crossed that La Fille de Berlin will be as interesting as some of the other SL’s releases. I wasn’t a fan of Vitriol d’Oeillet, but everything else since then was great.

      And that image of Marlene Dietrich is stunning! December 9, 2012 at 6:07am Reply

  • Emma: Leni Riefenstahl, she was so ahead of her times as well, highly controversial character of course (according to “low people”) but nonetheless stunning work!! December 8, 2012 at 5:19pm Reply

    • Victoria: She really was. Her images are incredibly strong and memorable. December 9, 2012 at 6:13am Reply

      • nikki: There is a book about the women in the roaring Twenties in Berlin, it is called: “Wild Women of Berlin” and it is almost unbelievable how far ahead these women were, they lived by themselves, had lovers, both male and female (nothing new there), went boxing to keep in shape, were politicians, started birth control for working women, and were sexy and smart. Some committed suicide in 1933, some emigrated and lived miserably as exiles, some were killed in concentration camps. There was a vibrant Jewish community in Berlin, mainly in show business and Marlene Dietrich, the Prussian, could only have come from a place like that…all her life she continued being a free and independent woman. Although living in Paris for the last decades, she requested to be buried in Berlin, and the Berliners did pay tribute to her when she was laid to rest in the same cemetery as her mother who had sworn to survive Hitler which she did by several months. December 9, 2012 at 10:00am Reply

        • Jeff Berbert: Would love to know more about this book, my internet search for it has turned up nothing. December 9, 2012 at 8:52pm Reply

          • nikki: here you go, Jeff:

            DIE WILDEN JAHRE IN BERLIN, Birgit Haustedt

            I don’t think there is an English translation, but there are so many photos and overall it is an easy book to understand even without knowing the language…it sells used on
            for 3.88 Euro, great deal! December 10, 2012 at 11:00am Reply

            • Jeff B: Nikki, thank you so much! December 11, 2012 at 10:31am Reply

  • Madeleine: Hi Victoria,

    Wow, both the book and the description of the perfume excite me! I love photography and I just started appreciating rose in my fumes, and naturally anything by Serge and a floral is a must try for me. I’m one of those people who actually thinks his florals are way better than the cedar and stewed fruits of the line.

    Madeleine December 9, 2012 at 1:59am Reply

    • Victoria: Madeleine, doesn’t it sound tempting! I agree with you that Lutens’s florals are perhaps among the most original in the collection. Of course, Ambre Sultan is a goldstandard for ambers and Feminite bu Bois for woods, but nothing approaches the drama of Tubereuse Criminelle or the wistfulness of Iris Silver Mist. December 9, 2012 at 6:22am Reply

  • Leah: These sound fantastic and how I wish I were in Paris to see the exhibit! Curious to know if the pepper is a black pepper note? I am in love with rose lately and this makes me envision a dark spicy Nahema or a Coriandre gone overboard! December 9, 2012 at 10:39am Reply

    • Victoria: I would love something like that! It sounds really fantastic. Can’t wait to smell this perfume. December 10, 2012 at 3:48pm Reply

  • Persolaise: Now, I have to say this one really has me intrigued, and I’m not an especially ardent Lutens fan. Roll on March… December 10, 2012 at 5:56am Reply

    • Victoria: Hope that it will not disappoint. December 10, 2012 at 3:48pm Reply

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