Experimenting with scent

14 Aug 2017

Watch Perfume co-curator Lizzie Ostrum in conversation with perfumers Mark Buxton & David Seth Moltz as they discuss the experimental side of the fragrance. 

In conversation: Lizzie Ostrum, Mark Buxton, David Seth Moltz

Mark Buxton of Comme Des Garçons contribution Comme des Garçons 2 was created with the vision of emulating the “smell of a swimming pool of ink” but maintains an understated wearability.

Mark Buxton - Comme des Garçons 2

David Seth Moltz, alongside his wife Kavi Moltz, runs the DS & Durga brand and creates scents that are “fragments of half-remembered myths and imaginary landscapes that invite one to explore.” Their featured perfume El Cosmico conjures the desert landscape of Marfa, a Texas city near the Mexico border home to a teepee based community of artists.

David Seth Moltz - El Cosmico

Lizzie Ostrom
Aka Odette Toilette, Lizzie has been running olfactory events linking the arts of the more well represented senses such as film and music with that of scent since 2010. Her sensorial events have explored such themes as Fragrance and Male Identity, the history of perfume advertising and her Scent Speakeasy which presented prohibited perfumes that were; banned for having restricted ingredients, created by underground perfumers or were simply too unpalatable for the commercial market. Lizzie’s first book Perfume: A Century of Scent which tells the story of 100 perfumes and their perfumers from 1900 - 2000 was published by Hutchinson in 2015.