Frequent Louis Vuitton collaborator Alex Israel lets Los Angeles set the tone for City of Stars, the brand’s latest fragrance.
Artist Alex Israel collaborated with Louis Vuitton on the brand’s latest fragrance.
Known for large-scale airbrushed gradient paintings and graphic installations constructed from movie props, artist Alex Israel’s unique vision is deeply inspired by his hometown of Los Angeles. The same can be said for City of Stars, his latest collaboration with Louis Vuitton that includes an evening fragrance by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud (Israel designed the bottle and packaging), along with a special travel case and trunk that features original work by the artist for the first time. “I looked to the city itself, specifically the view from the hills, through silhouetted palm trees, overlooking Hollywood and the grid of city lights below,” says Israel on what inspired his designs.
Louis Vuitton City of Stars eau de parfum, select Louis Vuitton stores
“It posed a challenge: to explore Los Angeles mythology, to capture the mood of a place and time, and to distill these ideas into an image (and into an object) that hopefully maintains some trace of the city’s magic.” Cavallier Belletrud’s lush citrus scent only adds to the intrigue. “It’s radically turned toward the special, shimmering atmosphere of a night in Los Angeles when the singular setting sun gives way to the city’s lights and spotlights that traverse the sky,” he explains. “The brilliance of citrus creates a tension that’s soothed by a veil of tiare flower, the gentle scent of monoi oil ennobled by essence of sandalwood and the caress of powdery musk. They celebrate the night and characterize the sophistication of a perfume that ultimately exhales sensuality—as if to say, ‘Let’s stay together like this forever.’”