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“First, let me say that fra­grance is per­sonal. Any­body of any age or de­meanour could wear this,” Buzan­tian as­cer­tained. This fra­grance is in­deed a flight from the pre­vi­ous Marc Ja­cobs scents – it is noth­ing like the best-sell­ing neo­phyte favourite, Daisy, and nei­ther is it close to the quirky Lola. “That be­ing said, I see her as a woman who is age­less in a way. She has a cul­tural so­phis­ti­ca­tion with an in­ter­est in fash­ion, but not ad­dicted to it. And of course, she has her fin­ger on the pulse.”

To sum up: “Sul­try, lux­u­ri­ous, in­dul­gent,” she counted out on her be­jew­elled fin­gers be­fore she was pulled away by an­other tide of jour­nal­ists. “Marc Ja­cobs is the epit­ome of chic with an ef­fort­lessly con­fi­dent vibe. He is able to achieve a lux­ury that still has sub­stance. His work and his brand are in­fused with an au­then­tic­ity and re­bel­lious­ness that ul­ti­mately cre­ates lux­ury with an edge. This is a fra­grance that ex­udes all of that, in a very Marc way.”


As the cur­tains lifted, Jamie Bochert ser­e­naded the crowd with two im­mensely heart-wrench­ing num­bers. Fol­low­ing up on that, in a truly Ja­cobs, whim­si­cal way, was a short stint by Drew Droege of Chloë Se­vi­gny, who blew up to celebrity fame with his par­ody videos of said ac­tress back in 2010.

Af­ter that, model Adri­ana Lima took to the stage and Neville played as­sis­tant to Gre­gory Du­bin in a show of splic­ing up the Vic­to­ria’s-Se­cretAn­gel-turned-ma­gi­cian’s-as­sis­tant in a box. Of course, she was put back to­gether quite nicely, her en­vi­ous hour­glass fig­ure all very much in­tact. The night ended with her smokey voice an­nounc­ing, “My day starts at my house in Mi­ami with my fam­ily,” she said. “Some­times, it’s even do­ing my job, when it’s a shoot like one with Marc Ja­cobs and Steven Meisel.” The im­age that would run as a cam­paign for Deca­dence ap­peared on the screen.


What is your favourite and least

favourite smell? MJ: My favourite is prob­a­bly the smell of pup­pies. A friend of mine just got a dog, and I said, “En­joy her while she’s a puppy be­cause that smell goes away.” As for my

least favourite, I don’t like the smell of gaso­line or those mark­ers that are so harsh

it feels like you could get high off them.


10.30pm. I stepped out of the mys­ti­cal won­der­land with Jamie Bochert’s haunt­ing voice still res­onat­ing in my ears, and the scent still wrapped around me. My walk back to the ho­tel felt dif­fer­ent from my walk to Ja­cobs’ party. Deca­dence, af­ter all, goes skin deep. As I walked, I re­mem­bered Ja­cobs say­ing, “A girl chooses to be deca­dent – she is not just deca­dent.” That stopped me in my tracks at a T-junc­tion, and there I stood, breath­ing in the noc­tur­nal scent of pos­si­bil­ity. A night of deca­dence was beck­on­ing.

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