Five Questions For Perfumier Alberto Morillas
Alberto Morillas is the Spanish perfumier who has created countless iconic frgrances for some of the biggest brands in the world. Recently he took on a new challenge: distilling the essence of Philipp Plein into a bottle. He tells GQ Middle East how he did it.
GQ: Who is the Philipp Plein No Limit$ man?
The Philipp Plein No Limit$ man is someone who, like Philipp, has infectious energy. He is extravagant and limitless - with an excessive and fascinating life. He is unstoppable and strives to be the best. The No Limit$ man is super passionate and loves all types of beauty such as cars, jewelry and travelling.
What was your first encounter with Philipp Plein like?
I was very inspired by the idea that Philipp is a dreamer, he chases his dreams. That’s not all, he doesn’t only dream, he also achieves what he dreams of. In the fragrance I wanted to create a scent that captures the vibrance of those dreams.
What makes this fragrance what it is?
This needed to be a signature scent, not only for the brand but for Philipp himself. Philipp likes fragrances that are light and fresh, so I wanted to play on that whilst also adding a complexity to make it a really interesting scent.
How do you translate this into the separate notes of the fragrance?
This is what I know how to do. It’s like an artist trying to express himself through painting colors on his canvas. I started with Philipp's personality, image and lifestyle. A big part of his image is his tattoos, I wanted to select a scent that could translate the tattoos into fragrance, so I used spices such as black pepper that naturally stick onto your skin creating a long-lasting scent. I was also triggered to create an olfactory tattoo that translates his passions into a fragrance.
How is Philipp reflected in the fragrance?
I started with one element for inspiration, that was the energy of Philipp Plein, I was very impressed by his contagious spirit when I first met him. That was the first thing I tried to translate into the fragrance. Secondly, I was inspired by his impressive collection of cars. They were outstandingly lavish, all in bright, brilliant colors – this is what I also translated into the fragrance. After that I was inspired by the idea of money, I wanted the perfume to embody success and achievement. I wanted to recreate the scent of money – the good type – which is the smell of fresh ink on bank notes.