Delving deeper into the second cycle of the Amouage narrative, Creative Director Christopher Chong introduces “Myths”, the second chapter of ‘Portraits of a Life’. Depicting Chong’s Chinese descent and personal metamorphoses in life, the Amouage narrative now explores ‘life as a dream’ through the expressive art of opera.
“Myths is essentially inspired by surrealism, in which elements are assembled in a dream-like and distorted state in order to create a new interpretation. Through surrealism, I was able to interpret my life experiences in an artistic way, without reason or convention, to create fragrances that truly represent a combination of the many facets of my past”. - Christopher Chong
Opera has been a long time muse of Chong, which is reflected in his latest creation for man and woman. Characterized by symbolic and suggestive movements, the Beijing Opera reflects the beauty of the Chinese heritage, and portrays the story behind the Creative Director. Chong overlaps his experiences of the Chinese, Western, and Arab cultures to create a sub-culture of fusions and ambivalence.
The enigmatic fragrances are presented in Amouage’s iconic glass crystal bottles in a lavish purple that fades into lighter hues. The caps of both the men’s and women’s bottles are plated in 24 carat gold and accented with amethyst Swarovski crystals. Lustrous purple boxes house the bottles and are illustrated with a dragon and male opera artist on the man’s box, and a phoenix and female opera artist on the women’s box.
Myths for Man, represented by the celestial Chinese dragon, a symbol of enlightenment and honor, opens with the classical beauty of chrysanthemum and orris. The fragrance paves the way to an intoxicating heart defined by an interpretation of a thorny rose. The culmination is a base projecting both peace and calamity with labdanum, ashes, and leather.ox, and a phoenix and female opera artist on the women’s box.
Top notes: chrysanthemum, orris
Heart notes: rum, rose, vetiver, elemi
Base notes: labdanum, ashes, leather