IN­TENSE DE­LIGHT

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

Elie Saab Le Par­fum was hence­forth born, ra­di­at­ing with “the du­al­ity of my world: the light of the Mid­dle East and the moder­nity of the West.” Saab, a Le­banese cou­turier based in Paris, has al­ways had an in­nate sense of what women re­ally want to wear. His sig­na­ture col­lec­tions of chif­fon drapes and daz­zling evening­wear have graced the sil­hou­ettes of princesses and A-lis­ters alike, and his rep­u­ta­tion for al­ter­ing and tai­lor­ing a dress di­rectly on a woman’s body is as leg­endary as his re­mark­able rise to fame at the mere age of 18, when he opened up his first cou­ture house.

“My sole am­bi­tion is to in­ject beauty into the lives of women,” the de­signer tells BAZAAR ex­clu­sively. “For me, each one of my cre­ations should be the height of fem­i­nin­ity; my pri­or­ity is al­ways to de­sign a dress that high­lights a woman’s fig­ure at its best,” says Saab, who is un­am­bigu­ous when it comes to what in­spires his style.

“We are the re­sult of our cul­ture and her­itage, and I’m cer­tainly in­spired by my cul­ture and the rich­ness it of­fers. It was im­por­tant for me that this her­itage be part of my per­fume. It was also es­sen­tial for me to cre­ate a fra­grance that would please ev­ery mod­ern woman. The re­sult is a very el­e­gant scent com­posed of very fine ma­te­ri­als.”

NAT­U­RAL RA­DI­ANCE

“What I love most about this project for Elie Saab is that it glis­tens with a very pos­i­tive air of self-as­sured fem­i­nin­ity,” says Kurkd­jian. Mediter­ranean petals, plucked when warmed by the sun, touch the senses at the very first whiff. The heart of white flow­ers, sam­bac and gran­di­flo­rum jas­mine, is gilded by a de­lec­ta­ble trail of rose honey and a mys­te­ri­ous shade of patchouli.

The lat­est Le Par­fum In­tense, is the se­quel to this wom­anly con­coc­tion. While the EDP evokes light of day at its bright­est, Le Par­fum In­tense is all about the last strand of light that ap­pears across the hori­zon right be­fore sun­set. This time, the fla­con takes on a clas­sic gold tint, with ex­otic ylang-ylang at the heart of the fra­grance for that sub­tle touch of mis­chief.

Saab says of the mas­ter per­fumer: “He im­me­di­ately un­der­stood what was im­por­tant for me – the emo­tion that the per­fume could bring to the women who wear it. Just like for the dresses that I de­sign, I wanted to in­stil beauty into women’s lives, via this per­fume. For most women, an Elie Saab dress is an in­ac­ces­si­ble dream. This fra­grance is a touch of the ex­cep­tional in their ev­ery­day lives.”

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