The creative director of the French label has spent a long time making its debut scent Dahlia Noir. The dark and mysterious fragrance is perfect for Fall/Winter 12, when gothic looks are going to be big business.
“It’s been years in the making and yet darkness is popular this season,” he explained. “It makes me happy to know I have been thinking in the right way.
“The moment you drop it on your skin it is very romantic, then when it begins to evaporate, the sharpness comes out. It’s multi-faceted. Romantic yet sharp.”
The idea of a perfume appealed to Riccardo as it is his way of leaving a lasting impact on the world. While his designs may come and go, he hopes Dahlia Noir will become a classic.
The designer also believes it will appeal to fashion fans who aren’t able to indulge their passion for couture.
Riccardo is known for his dark designs, showing structured pieces usually in black. He has discussed why it is such a timeless shade.
“Black is always elegant. It is the most complete color in the whole world, made of all the colors in the palette,” he told Stylist. “She is aristocratic, dark, sensual and romantic but it has been this way since I first started at Givenchy eight years ago. Back then, no-one understood. Now, you open any magazine and see Gothic as a trend.”