New York City fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez is one of the most prominent and admired American designers today.
Rodriguez first earned global recognition in 1996 when he designed the sheath, bias cut dress of Calvin Klein publicist and socialite Carolyn Bessette to her wedding with John F. Kennedy Jr. Consequently, Rodriguez became a part of a significant event in America on November 4, 2008 election night when First Lady Michelle Obama chose to wear the American designer’s red and black from his Spring 2009 collection. The said dress instantly made the First Lady a fashion icon overnight.
Born and raised in Newar, New Jersey, Narciso Rodriguez earned a formal education in arts and fashion at the Parson’s School of Design which is a private design college located at Lower Manhattan in New York City. After he graduated, he provided freelance works in the garment industry of New York. He would later work at Anne Klein under the supervision of Donna Karan. He also gained experienced working for Calvin Klein where he had the opportunity to work on a women’s collection clothing for modern women. Rodriguez became a Design Director for TSE fashion house (pronounced “say”) in 1995 where he developed and designed ready to wear collections in New York. The same year, he was also assigned as the Design Director for Cerruti design house in Paris.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Narciso Rodriguez launched his very first label and ready to wear collection in 1997 for the Spring/Summer 1998 season. It was made possible with him teaming up with Italian manufacturer AEFFE. The said collection received praises and innumerable positive feedback from fashion authorities. In 1998, he received the “Best New Designer Award” at the Vogue/VH1 Fashion Awards and “Perry Ellis Award” from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Rodriguez was also anointed as Director of Design for the ready to wear department of Milan-based luxury apparel brand, Loewe.
In 2001, Rodriguez established his boutique in New York and launched his Fall/Winter ready to wear pieces at the same time. This helped him mark a historical two consecutive Womenswear Designer of the Year Awards (2002 and 2003) from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Time Magazine named him as one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” in 2005 and Pratt Institute awarded him with Fashion Icon Award in 2007. In 2008, Rodriguez was given Special Achievement in Fashion award by ALMA (the American Latino Media Arts Awards). In 2010, he won a sponsorship deal with Mercedes-Benz and was named Mercedes-Benz Presents designer. The USA Network and Vanity Fair Magazine
Rodriguez was also honored for Special Achievement in Fashion by ALMA (the American Latino Media Arts Awards) in 2008. In 2009, he was again nominated for the CFDA’s Womenswear Designer of the Year award. In 2010, the designer won the title of Mercedes-Benz Presents designer, winning the sponsorship of Mercedes-Benz. The same year, Rodriguez was among the Cultural Leaders of 2010 selected by USA Network and Vanity Fair magazine.
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ’ SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY
In 2003, the Narciso Rodriguez brand was welcomed into the fragrance world with the launch of its debut fragrance simply called “For Her.” The creation of this floral chypre concoction was made possible by Rodriguez’s partnership with beauty giant Shiseido and Beaute Prestige International Brand. For Her reached iconic status in the US and the rest of the world because of its unique heavy character. It won the British FiFi Award for Best New Fragrance that year and the Fragrance of the Year/Women’s Nouveau Niche award in 2004.
FOR HER BY NARCISO RODRIGUEZ (2003)
Created for today’s modern and independent women, For Her by Narciso Rodriguez will make its wearer conscious of her sexuality. Its enticing aroma encapsulates the inner desire of an independent woman to seduce and attract the person who takes her breathe away. It opens with a subtle lustful composition that opens with a blasting burst of orange, amber and osmanthus met by an alluring musk in its heart that that is balmy and powdery at the same time. It dries down to a soft and diluted vanillic finish that is texturized by a resinous blend of amber and vetiver in the base.
For Her by Narciso Rodriguez was developed by award winning perfumers Christine Nagel and Francis Kurkdjian. This eponymous fragrance has faced a number of reformulation changes over the years but managed to retain the musk essence at its core. The flankers in order of release are For Her Eau de Parfum (2006), For Her Musc Eau de Parfum (2009), For Her Iridescent (2010), For Her in Color (2011), For Her Eau de Parfum Delicate (2012), For Her Extrait de Parfum (2012) and For Her Eau de Parfum 10th Anniversary Limited Edition (2013).
FOR HIM BY NARCISO RODRIGUEZ (2003)
In line with the success of For Her by Narciso Rodriguez, the brand launched a masculine interpretation of this cult favorite fragrance in 2007 and was rightfully called “For Him.” Shiseido and Beauté Prestige International once again joined Narciso Rodriguez in conceptualizing and designing For Him to coincide with the popularity of For Her. True to the essence of its original predecessor, For Him received the 2008 Grand Prix du Parfum Award for Best Masculine Fragrance and Best Design.
For Him by Narciso Rodriguez was created by Francis Kurkdjian, one of the original noses responsible for the For Her fragrance. Inspired by “the great masculine fougere fragrances from 1980’s,” For Him represents a modern man who takes on every challenge courageously. He is fearless, motivated and devilishly good-looking. His independence has been central to his masculinity that can effortlessly drive women to his direction. This fougere fragrance utilizes the sensuality of the mysterious musk note at its core surrounded by the earthy essence of amber and the invigorating aroma of violet leaf and patchouli at the base.
NARCISSO RODRIGUEZ FRAGRANCE STATISTICS
Narciso Rodriguez has created 22 fragrances since the launch of For Her in 2003. This count includes the brand’s latest offerings in 2013 which are the L’Eau For Her, Musc for Her Oil Parfum, For Her Eau de Parfum 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Fragrance and Amber Musc. All Narciso Rodriguez fragrances were developed and created by some of the industry’s famous noses like Christine Nagel, Francis Kurkdjian, Aurelien Guichard and Alberto Morillas.