Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE BEAUTY -

2011 When Jeanne Lan­vin first fash­ioned the Ar­pège per­fume in 1927, it was for her daugh­ter’s 30th birth­day. How­ever, the mother-daugh­ter bond re­ally goes fur­ther back. Marie-Blanche was the source of in­spi­ra­tion for Lan­vin, and the true rai­son d’etre of the epony­mous sto­ried fash­ion house. Lan­vin, a milliner, made gor­geous dresses for her daugh­ter that quickly gar­nered pub­lic at­ten­tion. The rip­ple ef­fect led to real po­ten­tial – Lan­vin es­tab­lished a business in 1909, when she went from mak­ing out­fits for lit­tle girls to even­tu­ally their moth­ers, too. This cock­tail of suc­cess and love is beau­ti­fully trans­fused into the per­fume, and the mar­ble ball-like fla­con em­bla­zoned with the house’s sym­bol – an Art Deco leit­mo­tif de­signed by Paul Iribe of both mother and daugh­ter caught in a dance, re­splen­dent in their ball gowns – is still a sig­na­ture that the fash­ion house keeps to­day.

Keep­ing in line with the her­itage of un­com­pro­mis­ing love and style, Ar­pège has since been mod­ernised. En­ter Eclat d’Ar­pège, a new it­er­a­tion that has seen a new bot­tle de­sign and many more limited edi­tions, like a woman tak­ing on var­i­ous out­fits but re­main­ing true at heart. “Women of dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions find it ad­dic­tive,” states Karine Dubreuil, the nose be­hind Eclat d’Ar­pège. While Ar­pège was a re­gal noir af­fair of rose and jas­mine, Eclat is dressed in a beau­ti­ful pale vi­o­let hue. The sig­na­ture ten­der notes of the scent is a jovial sparkle evoca­tive of spring days, cour­tesy of fresh Si­cil­ian le­mon leaves, the fra­grant petals of li­lac, wis­te­ria, and pe­ony, green tea leaves, and a creamy dry-down of musk and cedar.

“Since I grew up in a gar­den in Grasse in the south of France, I wanted to tran­scribe the ar­ray of bud­ding fra­grances, which char­ac­terise spring through a flo­ral com­po­si­tion with a sim­ple, fig­u­ra­tive writ­ing, as if per­me­ated with a breath of light­ness,” Dubreuil shares. “Women can recog­nise them­selves in the fra­grance’s sig­na­ture note, which I wanted to be sub­tle yet sig­nif­i­cant.” 2009 Eclat d’Ar­pège Musique 2007 Eclat d’Ar­pège Sum­mer

Jeanne Lan­vin (right) with her daugh­ter, Marie-Blanche

Past art­works of the house of Lan­vin

Eclat d’ Ar­pège EDP,

RM209 (50ml)

Jeanne Lan­vin

An iconic im­age from the Lan­vin ar­chives

Eclat d’Ar­pège Pretty Face

Eclat d’Ar­pège Pearl

Eclat d’Ar­pège Gour­man­dise

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