Perfume Pic of the Week No. 19: The Fragrance Foundation Awards

Ice, Ice, Baby
Ice, Ice, Baby

Last Thursday (15 May 2014), the Fragrance Foundation UK hosted their annual Fragrance Awards (formerly known as the FiFis). I had the pleasure of not only attending the event but also of presenting an award for one of the categories I had judged alongside my fellow Jasmine Award winners. Believe me when I say it was the most exhilarating and terrifying moment of my fragrance career, so far!

The evening was, as one would expect, a glitzy and glamorous affair hosted at The Brewery in the City of London. Guests were greeted with a champagne reception followed by a gala dinner (three courses of amazingness) with musical entertainment supplied by ex-Mis-Teeq chanteuse and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon. All-in-all, it was a lively evening with wonderful food, interesting company and lots of music – and this was all before we even got to the awards.

A Very Blurry Image of Yours Truly Presenting an Award
A Very Blurry Image of Yours Truly Presenting an Award
The Best Darn Dessert I've Ever Eaten
The Best Darn Dessert I’ve Ever Eaten

The awards were seamlessly hosted by journalist and television personality Natasha Kaplinsky, who served as a fabulous compère, bringing glamour, wit and professionalism to the proceedings. I presented the award for Best New Independent Fragrance, the winner of which was Byredo’s fantastic 1996. This was a very tough shortlist containing the like of Frederic Malle’s Dries van Noten and Penhaligon’s Vaara, so congratulations to Byredo for a well-deserved win.

A full list of the evening’s winners can be found below (links are to my own reviews either here or on Escentual):

Best New Print Advertising
Best New Print Advertising

Female Fragrance: Peony & Blush Suede by Jo Malone London
Male Fragrance: Burberry Brit Rhythm by Burberry

Judges: Richard E. Grant (Actor, Screen Writer & Director), Piers Bracher (Advertising Director), Howard Greenhaigh (Film Director & Music Video Director) and Jackie Tyson (Make Up Artist in TV, Film & Photography).

Best New Commercial
Best New Commercial

Female Fragrance: Chanel Nº5 by Chanel
Male Fragrance: Le Mâle by Jean Paul Gaultier

Judges: Richard E. Grant, Piers Bracher, Howard Greenhaigh and Jackie Tyson.Judges: Richard E. Grant (Actor, Screen Writer & Director), Piers Bracher (Advertising Director), Howard Greenhaigh (Film Director & Music Video Director) and Jackie Tyson (Make Up Artist in TV, Film & Photography).

Best New Design & Packaging
Best New Design & Packaging

Female Fragrance: Marni by Marni
Male Fragrance: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme by Bottega Veneta

Judges: Jenny Packham (British Fashion Designer), Lucy Ewing (Fashion Director, Sunday Times Style), Caryn Franklin (British Fashion Expert) and Patrick Grant (British Fashion Designer).

Un Air de Diptyque
Best New Home Fragrance

Un Air de Diptyque by Diptyque

Judges: Sue James (Editorial Director, Woman & Home), David Nicholls (Design Editor, Telegraph Magazine) and Sue Peart (Editor, You Magazine).

Best New Female Fragrance in Limited Distribution
Best New Female Fragrance in Limited Distribution

Plum Japonais by Tom Ford

Judges: Voted for by members of The Fragrance Foundation.

Best New Male Fragrance in Limited Distribution
Best New Male Fragrance in Limited Distribution

Bottega Veneta Pour Homme by Bottega Veneta

Judges: Voted for by members of The Fragrance Foundation.

Best New Independent Fragrance
Best New Independent Fragrance

Inez and Vinoodh 1996 by Byredo

Judges: Voted for by the 2013 Jasmine Award Winners.

Perfume Extraordinaire
Perfume Extraordinaire

24 Old Bond Street by Atkinsons (Mane)

Judges: Voted for by the 2013 Jasmine Award Winners.

Readers' Choice for Women
Readers’ Choice for Women

Honey by Marc Jacobs

Judges: Voted for on ELLEUK.COM.

Readers' Choice for Men
Readers’ Choice for Men

Invictus by Paco Rabanne

Judges: Voted for on menshealth.co.uk.

Best New Celebrity Fragrance
Best New Celebrity Fragrance

Nude by Rihanna

Judges: Voted for by readers of OK! Magazine.

People's Choice for Women
People’s Choice for Women

Miss Dior Eau de Toilette by Parfums Christian Dior

Judges: Voted for on boots.com.

People's Choice for Men
People’s Choice for Men

1 Million Intense by Paco Rabanne

Judges: Voted for on boots.com.

Retailer of the Year
Retailer of the Year

Harrods

Judges: Voted for by members of The Fragrance Foundation.

Best New Female Fragrance
Best New Female Fragrance

Si by Giorgio Armani

Judges: Voted for by members of The Fragrance Foundation.

Best New Male Fragrance
Best New Male Fragrance

Invictus by Paco Rabanne

Judges: Voted for by members of The Fragrance Foundation.

Best New Ultimate Launch
Best New Ultimate Launch

Our Moment by One Direction.

Judges: Voted for live at The Fragrance Foundation Awards.

Special Commendation Award
Special Commendation Award

In addition to all of the awards for individual fragrances, ‘British Master Perfumer’ Roja Dove was presented with a Special Commendation Award for his service to and continued passion for the fragrance industry.

Join the Discussion

So there you have it! The results for this year’s Fragrance Awards are in. What are your thoughts on the winners? Are your favourites on the list or are there some glaring omissions?

Let me know your thoughts in the box below!

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