Inspired by Aventus for Her
Daring pioneers, bold, yet unapologetically feminine - the powerful women that The House of Creed has served throughout its 260-year history are a truly extraordinary inspiration. Bottling the spirit of this remarkable clientele, Aventus for Her - the feminine counterpart to the legendary men’s fragrance, Aventus – celebrates the vision, passion and strength of women – both of history and of today. When Olivier Creed, together with his son, Erwin, set out to create Aventus For Her in 2016, he looked towards his tailoring history and the powerful female clientele his ancestors served. Five years on from the launch of The House of Creed’s most successful women’s perfume of all time, we take a look into Olivier Creed’s inspiration behind Aventus For Her and the vision that bought this best-selling Creed fragrance to life.
History in the tailoring
The discerning tastes of powerful and fashionable women play a key role in The House of Creed’s present and future, but also importantly, its past. Specialising in leisurewear for the elite, The House of Creed founder, Henry Creed, quickly established himself amongst the 19th-century fashionistas, hand-stitching garments for some of the most poignant royal figures of the time. It was at the behest of Empress Eugenie of France that Henry Creed moved his business to Paris in the mid 1850s, to better serve this doyenne of fashion and society, who was not only a stylistic trendsetter, but also a pioneer of women’s liberation. When Henry Creed began to design riding habits for the great and the good of London and Paris, little did he know that he was playing such a part such an important movement in female history. In serving such venerable patrons, Creed too played a part in the furtherment of female emancipation, incorporating men’s tailoring into women’s wardrobes for the very first time – thus paving a path towards the revolutionary adoption of trousers into womenswear.
By force of habit
The Riding Habit, derived from the French word 'abit' , meaning ‘clothing’ denotes the attire that aristocratic women wore for riding side-saddle. This specialised outfit took many forms throughout the years, depending on fashions of different times, but it was Empress Eugenie’s imposing physical form and assertive spirit that led to the creation of its most notable iteration, the costume Amazone. This impeccably tailored outfit pushed gender boundaries further than any previous style, with clear masculine influences including dark colours, men’s tailoring and fabrics associated more with suits than ladies’ fashions. These stylistic choices were practical, allowing female equestrians to realise their true skills, unconstrained by bulky skirts or delicate finishes.It was an appetite for liberation that drove these empowering developments, becoming, before long, a fire in the heart of women everywhere. During the 1890s, new horizons were opening up to women – they were working, openly exploring intellectual pursuits, and playing sport. Women wanted to hike, cycle, shoot and play tennis, and they needed suitable garments for these activities. Thanks to the previous developments of the Riding Habit, tailors were poised to make a leap of immense significance – breeches for women were at last brought into fashion.
Aventus for Her
The tireless ambition, self-possession and independence of the women of this era – elevated by a flair for fashion and style - is truly iconic. An irresistible inspiration, in 2016 The House of Creed debuted an homage not just to the female visionaries of the 19th century, but also to the modern woman and her lust for life, with the opulent, sensual fragrance, Aventus for Her.
In 2016, we launched Aventus for Her as the counterpart to the legendary Aventus. It took three years to create something befitting of its male counterpart that truly embodies powerful women – past, present and future.
- Olivier Creed, Master Perfumer -
Uncover the fragrance
Proudly feminine, strong, modern and sensual, Creed Aventus for Her instantly captivates with opening notes of crisp green apple, fragrant pink pepper and zesty bergamot, before blossoming into an abundant floral heart of rose, lilac and ylang ylang, interwoven with a delectable cocktail of blackcurrant, pineapple and peach. The decadent base of sandalwood, patchouli, musk and ambergris serves as a charming, sensual dry down – an unforgettable finish that inspires and empowers today’s woman.Shop Now
THE MODERN AMAZONE
The interplay between women’s emancipation and clothing is perfectly encapsulated by the history of the Riding Habit, where enduring social rules were subtly coaxed towards new perspectives – a part of Creed’s history that served as inspiration for Olivier Creed when creating Aventus For Her. To celebrate this extraordinary aspect of Creed’s past, we asked designers Cunnington & Sanderson to take elements from the equestrian outfits of the past, and use them to inspire their own modern, deconstructed creations. The resulting strong, elegant and unapologetically feminine silhouettes are extraordinary. Expertly crafted equestrian performance attire blends seamlessly with daring couture garments. The black and white of the costume Amazone is referenced faithfully, but elevated with dashes of military red. It is impossible not to imagine that it would meet with the indomitable Empress Eugenie’s approval.