Jay-Z will testify in NYC lawsuit over ‘reneged’ perfume deal

Rap mogul Jay-Z is expected to get grilled on the witness stand over claims he reneged on a deal to promote his own perfume.

The 51-year-old artist, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is named in a breach of contract lawsuit filed by Parlux Fragrances accusing him of failing to peddle the Gold Jay-Z fragrance line under a 2012 agreement.

Jury selection in the civil case begins Monday.

Parlux filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court in 2016, claiming the “Empire State of Mind” rapper declined to push the perfume, including on “Good Morning America” and in Women’s Wear Daily. He’s also accused of refusing to do a promotional appearance at Macy’s.

The lawsuit claims it even pitched a contest involving a $20,000 perfume bottle with an 18-karat gold cap as the prize — only to have Carter reject the promotion and keep the prototype.

Jay Z fragrance "Gold" which $20,000 and features an 18-karat gold cap.
Jay Z fragrance “Gold” which
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Dior Names Francis Kurkdjian Perfume Creation Director

PARIS — Dior has appointed Francis Kurkdjian as its perfume creation director.

He is succeeding François Demachy, among the world’s most famous perfumers, who was Parfums Christian Dior’s first in-house perfumer and is retiring.

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Kurkdjian rocketed onto the fragrance scene in 1995 at age 24, after creating the blockbuster Le Mâle for Jean Paul Gaultier.

Kurkdjian then conceived scents for brands such as Narciso Rodriguez, Giorgio Armani and Lancôme before cofounding his eponymous label in 2009. Eight years later, Dior’s parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton purchased a majority stake in Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

In an exclusive interview, Laurent Kleitman, president and chief executive officer of Parfums Christian Dior, paid tribute to Demachy, the creator of a myriad of fragrances, including Sauvage Eau de Toilette, and the man who reinvented iconic Dior scents, such as J’Adore Eau de Toilette and Miss Dior.

“He’s been with

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“High fashion” shoplifter suspect arrested again in perfume theft

WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — An alleged “high fashion shoplifter” has been arrested again in another reported perfume theft.

According to an affidavit, Deandre Mabonga, 21, was jailed Thursday for an alleged theft of 21 boxes of perfume valued at $2,100. He also had warrants for three other felony thefts over $2,500 in Wichita County and one from Collin County.

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An employee of Ulta Beauty on Lawrence Road said when Mabonga walked in about 1:30 p.m. Thursday she recognized him right away from previous thefts.

Police said Mabonga filled a basket with boxes and left in a Lexus SUV. Officers spotted the vehicle on Kell East and pulled it over.

They say Mabonga was a backseat passenger and the boxes of perfume were on the seat next to him. The

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I Asked 17 NYC and L.A. Women What Perfume They Wear the Most

We write a lot about the fashion choices of NYC and L.A. women here at Who What Wear, but I have a different topic for you today: fragrance. The scent a person wears is obviously something you can’t see with your own two eyes, so I asked a handful of chic Los Angeles-and-New York dwellers myself.

I could’ve asked these women what their favorite perfumes are, but instead, I asked what perfumes they wear the most. If someone asked me today what my favorite perfume is, I’d probably have trouble narrowing it down, and I’m not sure that it would be the one I wear the most at this time in my life. What’s more interesting to me is the scents that are versatile, accessible, and compliment-prone enough for everyday wear. These are the things that are most likely to influence our fragrance purchases.

With that, scroll on

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