Totally ambivalent, the perfumes for this autumn combine both bright and dark sides …
FRANÇOIS DEMACHY, Perfumer for Dior “Most fragrances today have multiple facets, so that we can wear them to suit our mood. Consequently, we don’t want to wear the same fragrance from morning to evening. Which is why it’s important to work on how a composition evaporates, once its skeleton and ornaments have been defined.”
THE ASCETIC EPICUREAN
DARK SIDE Absolute determination, coupled with a weakness for all things dark. For black clothes in general, and jackets in particular. BRIGHT SIDE As soft, luminous and refreshing as a white cotton, perfectly tailored T–shirt worn under the above–mentioned jacket. Y by Yves Saint Laurent, 60 ml,€65. THE ICONOCLASTIC LEADER DARK SIDE Impulsive and enigmatic, unhindered by any form of dialogue, it offers a truly enhanced experience… BRIGHT SIDE Smart, dynamic, cajoling, with a distinguished sillage, it always wins by a nose. L’HOMME PRADA INTENSE by Prada, 50 ml, €73,30.
THE DISCONCERTING PHILANTHROPIST
DARK SIDE The sillage is as unsettling as a night–time race through a thick forest of conifers. BRIGHT SIDE Comforting like a human presence, in the early morning light, when you thought you were lost. NOIR ANTHRACITE by Tom Ford, 50 ml, €90.
THE GENEROUS CHARMER
DARK SIDE A feline charisma, hypnotic and devastating, like its ambassador, Alain Delon.
BRIGHT SIDE Its robust, powerful sillage is almost paternal. Both soothing and reassuring EAU SAUVAGE PARFUM by Dior, 100 ml, €106.
THE NARCISSISTIC CHILD
DARK SIDE Nervy, impatient, impetuous, irritated, or even irritating. BRIGHT SIDE Later on, I will be a genius, a savant or a dictator. Or the naivety of a child still trying to find their way… DENT DE LAIT by Serge Lutens, 100 ml, €180.
THE ATTENTIVE OPPORTUNIST
DARK SIDE Never reveal yourself, never take sides. Blur the boundaries between femininity and masculinity to go wherever you please. BRIGHT SIDE Its positive nature, which reinvents itself, several times a day, every day. LUI by Guerlain, 50 ml, €160.