Inspired by a photo of a young girl entitled “Kirsten 1996” taken by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in that year.
“These are the notes that we’ve always been attracted to that come from the different countries we have memories of, this is our house full of warm wood and modern design, this picture represents the duality that underlies our work and our life together. The scent is very much Ben’s impeccable and sensitive interpretation of that.”
-Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
1996 is luminous, transporting the wearer to a space/time/place filled with positive possibilities. Realities shift as imperceptibly as light, recreating the strange passage of life, from youth to old age, in the blink of an eye. Like Kirsten herself, there is something ancient about this svelte, modish fragrance, a sagacity that underlies its obvious youth. Black pepper dusts the surface of this scent, a kind of reflective, mica-like grit that quietly glitters. Juniper berries bittersweet breeze suffuses the whole of 1996, lending it a beautiful yet aloof attitude. Leather, orris and violet are a perfect trio: leather’s animalistic crack is softened and polished by buttery orris; in turn the decadence of orris is balanced by piquant, playful violet. Like a tug of war between age-old dichotomies (good and bad, old and young, smart and strong) the heart of this fragrance reflects the oppositional yet complementary dynamics present throughout Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s portraiture. Black amber, patchouli and vetiver ground 1996, lending it a sense of impenetrable mystery. Seductive, subtle yet stunning, 1996 exudes the cool and confidence that comes from acceptance–of oneself, and of all the mysteries in the cosmos.