B E YOND THE L AUNDE R E T T E

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Beauty Bazaar -

Pre­cisely half an hour later, a spillage of fa­mil­iar faces started to crowd the en­trance. I later found out that the drag queen was Milk of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Any­way, I was ad­mit­ted with­out an­other hic­cup, and was led straight through a green-tiled res­i­den­tial laun­derette. So far, so non­de­script. I kept mov­ing down to­wards a small door, where a burly se­cu­rity man stood.

“Go on in,” he said. Pass­ing through the thresh­old, I was in­stantly trans­ported into an­other world, a world of Great Gatsby deca­dence, red car­peted floors, and ma­hogany clos­ets filled with gold trin­kets, a world sur­mounted by a trem­bling crys­tal chan­de­lier and fancy boas draped around women with dark­rimmed eyes and sooty lips.

I passed a dimly lit stair­way rem­i­nis­cent of a theatre’s box seat en­try­way, and found my­self stand­ing in a dark theatre that was slowly fill­ing up with Marc Ja­cobs’ guests. Hand­some young wait­ers milled about with bite-sizes to munch on (I am ve­gan, but I heard the caviar was deca­dent). A vin­tage or­gan glinted down near the stage. An aquar­ium that could ri­val the one in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet glowed mys­te­ri­ously in phos­pho­res­cent green on an­other side. Jazz played on and on and on.

I heard Ja­cobs was al­ready in the house, seated very near to the stage at a velour and tas­sel-adorned ta­ble, with his en­tourage – Sofia Cop­pola, Rachel We­in­stein, Kim Gor­don, his dog Neville, and Adri­ana Lima, the face of his new per­fume, Deca­dence.

THE WOMAN O F THE FU­TUR E

But be­fore I could arch my head to catch a glimpse of the man of the night, a Coty PR told me no so­cial me­dia was al­lowed, and then drew my at­ten­tion to a woman stand­ing with her face hov­er­ing above a crys­tal tal ball of light.

“Please come and meet the fra­grance’s nose,” she was telling me how An­nie­nie Buzan­tian, the lat­est master per­fumer to col­lab­o­rate with Ja­cobs, had on the pre­vi­ous night, re­ceived a Per­fumer of the Year Life­time Achieve­ment Award ard from The Fra­grance Foundation. I con­grat­u­lated her and fas­tened on to ask her about the scent, which up to this point, I still had not had the chan­cence to try.

Marc Ja­cobs Deca­dence, RM360 (50ml) & RM500 (100ml)

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