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Guerlain x Germanier: Sparkling in upcycled Swarovski

Katie Nichol

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Guerlain x Germanier: Sparkling in upcycled Swarovski

Hot on the heels of its collaboration with Turkish jewelry designer Begüm Khan, Guerlain has unveiled another limited-edition of its bee bottle, this time decorated by young Swiss couturier Kévin Germanier.

Fashion designer Kévin Germanier dreamed up an adornment of upcycled Swarovski crystals for Guerlain’s iconic bee bottle from Pochet du Courval. Germanier founded his eponymous brand in 2018, coining the term “fast couture” – thanks to a technique he developed for embroidering silicone, Gemanier upcycles Swarovski crystals from discontinued collections and is able to create an embroidered dress in under 24 hours.

It is this technique he used for Guerlain’s bee bottle. Each hand-crafted piece takes three hours to produce – the bottles are cleaned and prepared to allow the crystals to adhere to the glass: the bottle’s “haute couture gown” is created with a seemingly spontaneous gradient made from raspberry pink, powder pink, lavender and green Swarovski crystals. A silk thread is wrapped around the flacon’s neck by Guerlain’s Dames de Table and fastened with a golden seal.

The bottle holds La Cuvée Secrète, an eau de cologne with notes of bergamot, petitgrain and lavender.

Just 11 of the numbered, one-liter bottles are available. Launched in June, they retail at €10,000.

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