2013 marks anniversaries for many fragrances which are classics or modern classics. In order to celebrate I am amassing a few links in homage to their status in perfumery so you can enjoy a mini retrospective.
Guerlain's Vol de Nuit fetes its 80th birthday this year. A wonderful classic, it fused the green note of galbanum into an otherwise soft as goose down oriental. Guerlain also celebrates a much older birthday: Cologne Imperiale from 1853!
Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps is only 65, but what a turbulent milestone. The dove-crowned bottle has become the symbol of peace after the storm, as romantic as it is memorable.
Yves Saint Laurent's Paris perfume is much younger: 30 years old. This ebullient rose has left its mark. Many recall it as a formative step in our perfume timeline. A similar time-frame floral, Eternity by Calvin Klein becomes 25. A sweeter floral, Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier, becomes 20 years old this year.
Cartier has its own best-seller fragrance: Declaration which completes 15 years of resounding aesthetic and commercial success. A masculine modern classic, as is Dior's Fahrenheit, 10 years its senior. Narciso for Her by Narciso Rodriguez is 10 years old this year. The little kid on the block has become a reference for the market with everyone copying it. And a lint which expands at an ever increasing rate! (check the highlighted link for a breakdown of all the concentrations/editions of Narciso Rodriguez Narciso fragrance)
Last but not least, Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens is already 20 years old. A niche fragrance youth who hasn't lost its bronzy suaveness.
~concept inspired by Iris Delambre, pic via joyce.fr