Diorissimo – Dior

René Gruau was a French fashion illustrator. I'm always entering his name into Google time and time again for refrence or plain inspiration. René was known in the 1960's and 1970s for illustrating Christian Diors advertising campaigns - can you hypothetically see Dior releasing a campaign today for the latest incarnation of J'adore done by [...]

Arpege – Lanvin

I don't know how Arpege became a legendary perfume, especially since it doesn't have Shalimar's exoticsm or L'air Du Temps' liberty but I am glad it did. Actually, Arpege came out after Chanel No 5, in 1927. No 5 was presented in 1921 (sometimes I just talk and write about these dates but SERIOUSLY, 1921 is [...]

Uninhibited ~ Cher

Have you ever come across a person in your life whom you haven't ever even had the pleasure of seeing in person but the aura they project across is so enigmatic and transfixing that you cannot resist it? Cher is one of those few people for me. Well, in case you were wondering, Cher was [...]

What started it…

Ysatis by Givenchy came out in the early 1980's. This perfume, like all other 80's perfumes is a bomb. A flower bomb. An ylang ylang bomb. A beautiful bomb, non-destructive (unless you were like me when you were five and couldn't keep the lid on the allergies). This is the first perfume I ever smelled, I think so. And on nobody other then my mother.