When the divas and the captains of the world of scents gathered at New York's Lincoln Center last week for the 22d annual Fragrance Awards, they were doused with enough cologne to fill a lake. For some, victory would smell as sweet.
The evening's big winners were Calvin Klein for Escape for Men and Issey Miyake for his women's fragrance.
The annual awards, called FiFi's, are presented by the industry-supported Fragrance Foundation. Presenters included Christie Hefner, Robin Leach, Julie Wilson, Geoffrey Holder and Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, who provided the evening's comic relief. The designer waved a black fan madly as he presented awards for the best scents in the European market to Jean-Paul Gaultier's signature fragrance for women and Paco Rabanne's new men's cologne, XS.
Escape for Men won as fragrance of the year in the men's limited category. Stetson Sierra won best new scent in the mass market category, with Heritage picking up the same honor in the exclusive category.