When Fragrance Meets Film

We match Tom Ford's olfactory creations to his most iconic on-screen characters
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When the worlds of film and fragrances collide, there's only name that comes to mind: Tom Ford. He's not just the creative force behind the camera as a film auteur; Ford has also redefined luxury in beauty with Tom Ford Private Blend, a collection of artisanal perfumes catered for the true fragrance connoisseur. From warm musks to vivid florals, each Eau de Parfum is elaborately blended and unique from one another – resulting in a scent that deserves its own spot in cinematic history.

Below, we match four fragrances from the Tom Ford Private Blend collection to his on-screen characters in Nocturnal Animals and A Single Man.

A Single Man (2000)
Oud Wood for George Falconer

Oud Wood needs no introduction; this distinctive scent plays a leading role in the Tom Ford fragrance family, thanks to the rich combination of rose wood, cardamom, oud, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean and amber. Its earthy and intoxicating scent is a deeply complex one that perfectly echoes the many layers of George Falconer, a college professor mourning the loss of his partner. Despite his hidden anguish, George presents a suave, urbane facade to the world.

His fragrance of choice? No doubt it'd be Oud Wood.

White Suede for Charley

White Suede is an elegant musk fragrance comprising a medley of leather and warm amber elevated with velvety rose, saffron, and thyme. The result is a powerfully addictive scent that embodies soft seduction – a perfect match for Charley, portrayed by Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore in A Single Man.

Despite facing loneliness, addiction, and rejection, Charley's chic style is undeniable and ultimately irresistible – which is why Tom Ford's White Suede is an obvious match for her.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Jasmine Rouge for Susan Marrow

Jasmine Rouge is an audacious scent with hidden depths: precious sambac melds seamlessly with jasmine clary sage, ylang yang, amber, and black and white peppercorns for a rich, spicy finish.

And let's not forget about the deep red packaging which evokes a lush, hedonistic glamour befitting of Susan Marrow in Nocturnal Animals. Like Jasmine Rouge, Susan possesses an impeccable sense of style, which makes her Tom Ford's most iconic leading lady.

Neroli Portofino for Edward Sheffield

On its surface, Neroli Portofino is a fresh, youthful scent that features a crisp blend of Italian bergamot, Mandarin orange, Sicilian lemon oils, Tunisian neroli, jasmine, and African orange flower. But this fragrance belies a dark core, thanks to its deep amber undertones that give it a strong yet warm finish.

Likewise, Edward Sheffield starts off as an optimistic young novelist who eventually succumbs to his dark side after being betrayed by his wife. The balance between light and dark, fresh yet substantive makes Neroli Portofino a perfect fit for this complex character.

Tom Ford Private Blend Collection



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