Library…Alliance Française…


 

Alliance Française de Dacca- Library view from lawn

Walking through the seaside, I could feel the whisper of the tidy wind, how strong and beautiful they are, & how tiny I’m, simply a human with a dress named “life”…lolz

Yes, the same way I felt when I entered the library of Alliance Française, her library that not only a library, seems more like an ocean, … it’s a place where people falls in illusion, illusion of knowledge, illusion of art… illusion of Française…

A large place where color runs books to books, whole place is vivid with golden illumination where you could find yourself made of gold. And most special, every area is divided in such way that you could find everything very easily, at a time I won’t find the place divided… Yes, it’s true…

I Heard, more than 6,000 books there. As mass of the books are in French but there are books in English and in Bangla too. The multimedia collection of the library has more than 1,100 feature films, documentaries as well as popular children’s animation films (available on DVDs and Videocassettes). The Library has around 600 musical CDs (French and International classical, Pop, Jazz, Traditional etc.). The collection has more than 300 recent and old French Pop, Rock, Reggae and Rap music. The collection includes literary books (novels, poetry and plays), books on social sciences (history, religion, philosophy) and a wide range of books on art, photography and architecture. On a more entertaining note, there are also comics, thrillers and science-fiction books. When it comes to current affairs, you can keep yourself updated with 27 magazines and 4 journals from France, the library is subscribed to Beginners (those who have just started learning French) can choose from the variety of children’s books and a series of books of easy French that comes with audiocassettes and CDs. Children will find comics, storybooks (both in French and in English) etc. (from the website: www.afdacca.org)

Alliance Française de Dacca- Library

The thing attracts me much, the reading table of the library is really somewhere you’d feel like a writer more than a reader. Yes, beside the window a small table, a sweet table lamp, a French Dictionary. On the other side of the window there’s a lawn where green trees dance with the wind blow… I’m sure if you sit there with a pen an paper, you would rather come up with a piece of poem…

 

Alliance Française de Dacca- Study Table

Even in each & every corner of the library, there’s a photograph or something that relates to art…

Opium by YSL, smell of another life…


The son of an insurance company manager, Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent left home at the age of 17 to work for the French designer Christian Dior… 

After winning first prize in the International Wool Secretariat contest for his cocktail dress design in 1954, Yves Saint Laurent landed the job of Haute Couture designer when Dior died in 1957. In 1960, he was conscripted into the French Army… 

 

yves saint laurent

In 1962, in the wake of his nervous breakdown, Saint Laurent was released from Dior and started his own label, YSL, financed by his companion, Pierre Bergé. The Rive Gauche boutiques for women were established in 1966, and men’s wear followed in the 1970s… 

When I was reading his History, it seemed like a fairy tales to me… Can you tell me, why there’s a great story behind every great thing??? 

Don’t know why this happens with me… is it my passions about French or truly French stuffs are so artistic… Every time I go though their ways, I feel like somehow I’ve been there…  

Actually, perfumes have seemed to play a secondary role for Yves Saint Laurent. Perfumes have long been the label’s chief sales engine. Yves Saint Laurent Perfumes, under the direction of Sanofi’s CEO Raymond Ortal, produces and markets perfumes, cosmetics, and personal care products under the Saint Laurent name… WOW…. 

Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium and Rive Gauche have long been leaders in the women’s perfumes market; while Jazz, and, in the mid-1990s, Opium pour Homme, have helped the company capture a share of the men’s perfume market as well. The company also produces its own line of lipsticks, eye shadows, and other makeup products, as well as a line of personal care products, such as lotions and cremes. Whereas production and distribution of perfumes and beauty products are the responsibility of Sanofi, Yves Saint Laurent continues to guide the creative development of products bearing his name. The group’s newest perfume and cosmetics line, In Love Again, expected to be launched as a limited edition in 1998. 

Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Bergé

 

He launched its first women’s perfume, Y in 1964. In 1971, the design house unveiled its Rive Gauche perfume; that same year, Jean Loup Sieff photographed Yves in the nude for the advertising campaign of his first men’s cologne Pour Hommes. 1977 saw the launch of the very popular Opium perfume. Other YSL fragrance offerings include Baby Doll and Cinema perfumes and Young, Sexy Lovely or YSL, a play on the designer’s initials. 

When Opium hit the market in 1977, women bought it by the gallon. Lolz… 

Opium was so much more than a fragrance. It became an identity. Just as Chanel No. 5 showed its wearer as someone elegant and timeless, the woman who wore Opium signaled that her life was rife with exoticism and secrets, even if she lived in a split level in the suburbs. The Yves Saint Laurent marketing machine fueled this image with print advertisements of mostly naked women surrounded by crimson and shadows. 

 

Maybe the rush toward Opium was a reaction to stagflation and fuel rationing. Maybe it was a response to all the colonial hoo-ha surrounding the Bicentennial. Or maybe it was simply clever marketing. Although Opium stood out among the mid-1970s perfume launches — for instance, the fresh chypre Molyneux Quartz came out the same year, Dana Tabu and Estée Lauder Youth Dew covered the same ground decades before. For whatever reason, Opium was the right fragrance at the right time, and it became a cultural marker… how surprising… 

The Legendary Opium

Even it’s told that “It is forever linked to another life”

Guerlain, A Pathway of Aroma…


Guerlain

I always like to look back to the black & white era, cause I can put so many colors of fantasy when I walk though their ways…

Yes, I’m walking back…

To 1828…

To rue de Rivoli of Paris,

To Guerlain, among the oldest perfume houses in the world…

“Glory is ephemeral…only renown is long-lasting,”… often said by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain, For more than 175 years, the brand has sailed through trends thanks to a clever cocktail of tradition, excellence and passion…

Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain opened his first shop street of Rivoli in Paris, he created different perfumes for each customer… Can you imagine??

Guerlain, Perfumer

In 1840, he was installed in buildings on the street of Peace, a place of the fashion. He composed of the fragrances to measure for many personalities. He is assisted of him two sons, Aimé and Gabriel, than he acquired a great reputation and became official provider of the queen of Belgium… Wow…

The success of the house under Pierre-François peaked in 1853 with the creation of Eau de Cologne Impérial. This perfume earned him the prestigious title of being His Majesty’s Official Perfumer in France, which led Pierre-Françoise to create perfumes for Queen Victoria of England and Queen Isabella of Spain among other royalty… I wonder…

The Rue De Rivoli, 1871

Guerlain loves to use the most sumptuous essences, like French vanilla and ylang-ylang from its own plantations in the Comores Islands. Guerlain was also one of the first to successfully blend synthetic ingredients and natural essences.

Than comes the second generation…

With the death of Pierre-Françoise in 1864, the house was left to Aimé Guerlain and Gabriel Guerlain. The roles of perfumer and manager to Guerlain was divided between the two brothers, with Gabriel managing nad and further expanding the house and Aimé becoming of the grand perfumer. As such, the House of Guerlain began a long tradition where the position as the “nose” and grand perfumer was handed down through the Guerlain family.

The third generation started when…

The business was handed down to the sons of Gabrielle Guerlain, Jacques Guerlain and Pierre Guerlain, with Jacque becoming Guerlian’s third master perfumer. Jacques composed many of Guerlian’s classic perfumes, many of which as still held in high esteem in the modern perfume industry. As another sign of their popularity, most of his perfumes are still sold and marketed.

jean paul guerlain, 1969

Jean-Paul Guerlain is currently the grand perfumer of Guerlain. No less accomplished then his predecessors, Jean-Paul created the Guerlain’s classic men’s frangrance Vétiver (1959) and Habit Rouge (1965), considered by many, to be the first male oriental fragrance. He also created Nahema (1979), Jardins de Bagatelle (1983), Samsara (1989), as well as Heritage and Coriolan in the 1990s. Nearing the retirement of Jean-Paul, there does not appear to be an obvious successor within the Guerlain family for taking on the position as the House of Guerlain’s grand perfumer…

Can you imagine?? I someone asks them “what you do?” They would rather answer with a spark of fire in eyes, “What my minister did” lolz…

Guerlain House created in 1914, Number 68, Champs Elysées reopened its doors in June, 2005. This mythological address, redrawn by Andrée Putman, will now be officially known as ‘Guerlain House’. Fragrance fans will be delighted to discover the rebirth of fragrances gone by, like Liu, Vega and Derby; as well as four home fragrances, an essence for infants, and three exclusive new creations (Cuir Beluga, Rose Barbare and Angelique Noire). But the truly must-have item is a tailor-made scent. Several rendezvous with your personal perfume designer will result in a sublime, 17-oz. Baccarat crystal bottle, along with 20 2-oz. bottles with old-fashioned spray bulbs, and three 1-oz. bottles: an unparalleled luxury, like an item of haute-couture clothing…

Guerlain house

Large room with a chandelier which opens up into the boutique downstairs contains a circular table where most of Guerlain classics and moderns are arranged in three rows, the highest for the extraits de parfum and the lowest for the EDTs. Moreover, the mirrored wall contains shelves filled with the bestselling Guerlain fragrances, which include Vetiver, L’Instant and Mitsouko, among others. All aspects of the layout ensure easy and unassisted sampling, which one can do for hours. …


Indeed, it is the only place where all of the Guerlain extraits de parfum can be sampled, including ethereally beautiful Chant d’Arômes. Reissued recently in the extrait de parfum, it is a gorgeous, floral chypre, resembling the original Chant d’Arômes formula more than the version that was available previously. The first time I visit the boutique I do not linger near the table for long, because the temptation to cover my wrists with Nahéma and Mitsouko would have prevented me to explore the rest of the fragrances. Thus, I begin with the limited editions of Le Mouchoir de Monsieur and La Voilette de Madame originally created in 1904 and presented in Baccarat “escargot” bottles. Le Mouchoir de Monsieur, once produced exclusively for French actor Jean-Claude Brialy, is a warm, elegant fougère, while La Voilette de Madame is an iris, ylang ylang, narcissus and violet composition, foiled in warm powdery sweetness of incense and sandalwood. While it starts out light and delicate, the subsequent developments result in a narcotic, opulent floral.

I’ll be back with Guerlain perfumes very soon…

Edmond Roudnitska, A French Creator of fragrance


Edmond Roudnitska was more than just a creator of fragrance. He also devoted much of his time to understanding the true sense of the words “to create” and “Creation”.

 Edmond Roudnitska (1905-1996) was a French master perfumer and author. He is known for creating some of the most famous perfumes in the world, such as Dior Eau Sauvage, Diorissimo, and Rochas Femme. Many of his creations are still in production today…

Edmond Roudnitska

 Once Again Coming to Grasse, Edmond Roudnitska was born in Nice as we know that’s very near to Grasse, the fragrance capital of the world. Roudnitska actually entered the fragrance industry lacking education in the vocation that his was later to dicover. With no background in perfume, he learned everything from scratch but was soon promoted to take charge of the physico-chemical control of a fragrance company. Wow… Have you ever think??? Yes, Passion can make everything possible…: D

 A year later, Roudnitska was sent to the Paris to take over from a top perfumer of the company where he was essentially self-taught. A fantastic career followed thanks to all his work and efforts as well as his creative genius. His entire life was a constant creation…

 Through the course of his life, Roudnitska met many influential people from the world of fashion, art and science. Among the most prominent were Marcel Rochas, Christian Dior and Emile Hermès for whom he created his best known fragrances which are still on sale on the international market today…

 In 1946 he founded “Art et Parfum”, a private creative laboratory for perfumery first based in Courbevoie (near Paris) then located in Cabris near Grasse, also his home, where he lived until his death in 1996.

 Perfume Shrine embarked on a mission: to direct and discuss one of the bastions of chypre: la maison Dior in its former glory, when under the baguette of Edmond Roudnitska and Paul Vacher it produced classics that remain up there in the pantheon for all of us to worship.

Rochas Femme

 For him it is not the sense of smell or the materials that are important, but rather the spirit which, playing with forms, will coax the latter with the aid of the former. This point of view had been forgotten for decades when perfumes came out with the eye more on the commercial than the artistic, only to be revived when certain niche companies came into the fore dynamically. Roudnitska bases his axiom in the comparison to other art forms.

 “A beautiful perfume is the one which gives us a shock: a sensory one followed by a psychological one. A beautiful perfume is one with happy proportions and an original form”. He often used to say that.

Dior Eau Sauvage

 He thought, perfume composition should be unique, much like a musical piece, and protected against “plagiarism”. To this he was adamant.

 But it was his meeting with Serge Heftler-Louiche, director of parfums Christian Dior that cemented his style and directed him into a lucrative business and artistic collaboration that lasted for decades and it is interesting to juxtapose the chypres he produced for them with Femme. Christian Dior opened shop in 1945 under the insistence of the businessman Marcel Boussac. A new perspective to fashion was brought with his New Look, which took women back to the era of crinolines, in a way, counter-revolutionising what Cadolle and Chanel had accomplished through the use of pliable materials that helped women become the men in their lives in all areas besides the boudoir.

Diorissimo

 As I said before, The year was 1947 and Dior came out with his first scent, Miss Dior, as homage to his sister. Credited to Paul Vacher, based on a formula suggested by Jean Carles and reorchastrated by Roudnitska in 1992 in extrait de parfum, it is nothing short of a classic and the introduction of a big trend in the coming years: the floral chypre; but with an animalic twist down the line, of which more later on.

But it was in 1949 that Diorama, a fruity chypre, was created by Roudnitska. With it he found a balance between complexity and clear vision that captures several olfactory nuances: spicy, floral, fruity, animalic and all enrobed in a sensual feminine dress.

 Roudnitska’s most successful –commercially certainly! – scent entered the scene in 1966: Eau Sauvage. A chyprish citrus for men with the daring floral note of jasmine through the use of hedione. In this Roudnitska culminated his aesthetic odyssey of the sparseness of composition with an artistic merit that defies criticism. Diorella (1972), with its foot in the fruity tradition of Diorama, was the feminine chypre counterpart to Eau Sauvage, enigmatically relying on very few materials to give a very fresh, very young fragrance and which Roudnitska himself considered one of the best in his career. Dior Dior, a woody floral, issued in 1976, never took off commercially and was destined to be discontinued till now.

 

Dune,feeling of intrigue, sophistication and sensuality…


Once Again I’m back with Dior,

Dune

A feeling of intrigue, sophistication and sensuality…

symbolizes escape into the world of dreams where only peace resides; it’s a place where sun kisses the sea, rays of light gently caresses the skin and twinkle in the warm sand while the tinkling ocean breeze brings flowery wafts peony and lily.

Not so long, Dune was launched in 1991.

Christian Dior Dune EDP

Christian Dior Dune EDP

The flavor of the Dune is a sweet fig, which is very unusual and enticing aroma that provides an aura of mystery and intrigue. Christian Dior Dune is classified as a sharp floral fragrance. It contains a delicious boutique of wallflowers and rich dark amber. There is also a hint of rosary and has an intricate warmth and delicious appeal.

Christian Dior Dune also contains the aromas of sweet and delicious peonies that will remind you of the joy and happiness of strolling along a pristine white sand beach along. The fragrance is serene and enticing and will bring you a sense of peace and relaxation. Other flavors that are found in the perfume are bergamot, mandarin, wallflower, broom, lily, rose, lichen, sandalwood, musk, and vanilla.

When I was browsing thorough the review I got one sweet comment- “This is a perfume that is supposed to either contain pheromones or interact or activate them (the scent). Every time I wear this perfume, my boyfriend goes crazy and continuously asks what I am wearing that is driving him”

50th Anniversary de Alliance Françsise


50th Anniversary of alliace Francaise

Got a chance to be a guest of her 50th Birthday…50th anniversary of Alliance Française … still I can remember, I was so exited that glancing out the invitation card again and again as I’m a child who’s checking his new toy…

When I reached there, it was dawn time, again my most favorite time of a day. Entered and smiled, Rose garden, it was the place they had chosen, again I couldn’t find where am I, it was a palace that anyone of this country won’t believe that is in Bangladesh. I just don’t know how she creates such environment like you’ll get in fantasy in 2-3 second of difference. A big beautiful palace, red carpet, green lawn, Greek sculptures(seems more like that), live instrumentals, so many glowing glad faces, May Queen, Alliance Française… Hardly had I known 3-4 persons there and they were the administration personnel, but I didn’t feel lonely. I was walking and seeing how they were swinging in joy with the instrumental rhythms,

The rose garden

Rose garden Dhaka, Photography By:Samiul Alam

Saw our Director Mam Saliha Lefevre, wearing rose-red saari. Especially as a Bangladeshi, It really grants honor see a French lady in Bangladeshi costume. I was thinking about her principle of choice that how she familiarized with us… with the Bangladeshis…

There was our Information minister Abul Kalam Azad who was the chief guest of the programme, also attended by French ambassador Charley Causeret, the Foundation Alliance Francaise secretary general Jean-Claude Jacq and Alliance Francaise de Dhaka president Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury… I was feeling very tiny over there to see so many honorable guests and expensive cars. But the smile of an unknown French lady that meant to me, didn’t allow my heart to feel that tiny…

The French photographer

After instrumental there was a cultural dance performed that I really enjoyed. The drinks and French dinners were serving frequently… sad but true, I was really so busy in viewing environs that I couldn’t really focus on the foods. I was wondering to see, everyone was so happy…so glad to see each other. They were talking, smiling… laughing… I couldn’t find anything artificial in the way they were socialized there. How wonderful!!

After the sunset it was a mass surprise there, when the French troupe Les Quidams began their unconventional performance. I heard the name of that particular perform was first-ever Herbert’s dream… it started with a suspicious intense music when I saw four white attire covered tall humans are coming closer. They were designed at least 10 feet tall… when they were walking in the crowd; among the music it was looking like they are walking though a long sunny desert… I felt my eyes are also filled with sand… suddenly they started to search something… the audience were also very curious to find what they are finding…lolz… sometimes they were talking with each other without any sound which was so dramatic, sometimes they were blowing themselves… with the music it was so alive… It took more attention when they turned into a big blown shape… WOW…

The walking troupe

Believe me, that performance took 100% attention of 100% audience…

And after that we lost into sea… there was a big balloon wrapped in the lawn, they went there and… I really amazed that they made a jelly fish which was going up and suddenly falling down… amazing!!!

The jelly Fish

And after that they gave the big ball shape balloon to the people and left the lawn… I saw each and every person was looking to them till the last second of their visibility on the lawn… Yes…It was a dream… cause here, dreams and reality stands together…

I saw everyone was standing together by touching shoulders…hands… in the pigment of light, it was looking like a small pond of joy with so many multicolored fishes… all of them were smiling, laughing…as if they left all the pains and sorrows of life…standing somewhere in a corner of the party, someone’s smiling too…He was smiling cause he learned to smile…that really means to smile… and that someone was ‘Me’

I took I more glance and left the palace as it was over…

I didn’t take any bus or taxi as I was really feeling good to walk on down the road, burned a cigarette in between my fingers, and my tall shadow was walking with me, it was looking really wonderful in the sodium light… my lips started to whistle very calmly and my eyes looked to the horizon….

I wasn’t thinking it’s a new experience in my l life, but it was a message to me. If you ask me “If you get a chance to exchange your city with anywhere in this world, what will be that place?” I would answer “Paris” before finishing your question. I know, The answer was straight enough. But that day my answer got changed. Now I would answer “This world is like our mother’s heart, whichever part you go; at last it’ll be full of love”. Though the answer is a bit comprehensive then the pervious one but it’s complete. Everywhere in this world is beautiful, but its own way. Just we need the eyes to see, heart to feel and sense to smile…

Smile…

Sourire, The Best French word

Jingle, words for you…


Friends

If we try to express something we need others to make us realize that they are truly realizing. Yes, they are here. With us!!

And may be, this is the pathway to becoming ‘we’ from ‘I’.

Today it’s my day to give someone thanks with my words, though I did it from my essence the day s/he gave me the gift. Or you may say an award. I often say this blogging is very much particular for me, cause the mission somehow relates to earning my dream with my own effort… this is the shadow of my soul… or the way I truly feel…

Jingle, a moral friend of mine whom I’ve never seen… Someone who keeps mystery to us about his/her gender… someone who writes breathing poems from somewhere of United States… someone who likes adventures, humors, and surprises…. And someone who likes to make realize his/her friends that how special they are… Woke up on that morning and I was having my coffee… signed in my wordpress to see the updates… suddenly I realized someone made my day and marked his/her name in somewhere in my soul… His/her comment was-

“In March 16, 2010 at 5:04 am,

Ji said,

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/a-shout-out-to-reach-out-kreativ-blogger-award-and-more/

An award for you in my blog, You are the best!”

He/She visited and commented my blog several times… & I knew he/she visits huge blogs and gives them awards with a truly fair judgement… but didn’t know that I’m gonna be in that list cause I’m less than a child to bloggers like them… I don’t know whether the mission of my blogging is going to be completed or not. But this honor from an unknown friend who doesn’t have any profit towards me… is obviously eternal to me…

Thank you Jingle…

A big thanks from my heart…

This post is for you…

Dedicated to you …

And written on you…

The people who are reading this post I would like you to visit jingle- http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/

Student party, the sea of colors


Wore a white shirt, took huge gel in my hand & started to put them on my hair, to make it more spiky!! After all it’s my new hairstyle…

Mom asked “Do you have any concert today, are you guys performing?”

I said “No, Today we got student party in Alliance Française” with a smiling face.

She asked again, “What party it’s gonna be?”

I said “I don’t know but I’m looking for my rock&roll jeans”

Mom was astonished and asked “Why do you need that today?”

I smiled again cause she knows that a jeans was so special to me. I’ve painted it by working 3 nights long but never sold to anyone. Usually I put that on my special days… she managed that & I wore… Yaa… how am I looking? She said “like a player not like a viewers” I said goodbye to my sweet mama and started my way to alliance…

Yes, Now I’m there, just entered the café. Never knew it but guessed something like that. It was a sea of colors where the lights were moving such way as if someone scratching quickly over a paper. Yaa…It was Disco where so many guys and girls were dancing as they are lost in music… The strange thing is I couldn’t believe that this is the same café I saw the last day. Every time I’ve gone thorough this, it was a calm and graceful place. But today??? It’s full of rocks and shakes. My body was trembling with the damn rolling music, but I didn’t join in dance. I just took a juice and started to look around as I always like. Suddenly I saw Faizul Sir is playing Dj, didn’t know that he can play. And discovered in a short time, Faizul sir not only plays, He plays outstanding!! He was playing all the standard numbers and got the control of mind over the people…

It was a jam-packed social event…

It was looking like the web of spider where each and every line is connected somehow…

Tanisha and some of her friends were pulling my hand again and again to join the dance floor though I was really very busy to watch someone’s dance … It was Hasan bhai(In bangle big brother is called “bhai”) who takes care of information desk, was dancing very funny way…lolz… I was joining and coming back… But I was really enjoying. Some students from the Salsa class, there were really dancing very well… Saw 1 girl who was dancing really very arty way and she gets lost when she moves with the music… I was wondering to see her moves… she was Tanisha’s friend though I got introduced with her before…but I cant recognize her name…

Met so many friends and got so many new friends too…

I was talking to someone; suddenly Tanisha came again and asked that arty girl to make me dance… I was really feeling embarrassed cause I’m not good in dance. She came and took my hand and than I got lost… I couldn’t understand where was I and what was I doing… she was driving me such way that I’m just a toy, she was rolling on my hand, she was turning her body on my arms… Wow… I was really enjoying!!!

But I was really feeling sad that I had night shift work on that day. So I left that dance incomplete…

But you know? The whole experience was really sweeter than tangerine…

This is what I love about Alliance Française…

Whatever you want something to her she always gives you more than you need…

Dior, love for art by opening an art


“Long after one has forgotten what a woman wore, the memory of her perfume linger”

-Christian Dior

Who was hurting very bad financially in 1935, an old-time friend of his gave him a place to stay and he started his career by sketching dresses and hats. Known as both an innovative fashion designer and a fragrance pioneer who channeled his love for art by opening an art…

Heard that, Christian Dior’s first perfume was released in 1947 and named Miss Dior. One of Dior’s most popular perfumes is Poison. The best thing that attracted me in this, he made a series of perfume as it’s a novel or prose…In 1985, Dior launched Poison… Then in 1994 Tendre Poison… 1998 brought Hypnotic Poison and 2004 brought Pure Poison. The most recent release is Midnight Poison… Wow.. The names are also telling something… isn’t it??

Let’s talk about Miss Dior…

It was 1st perfume of Dior launched in 1947, created by either Paul Vacher or Jean Carles or possibly both, under the direction of Dior’s childhood friend Serge Heftler-Louiche… this perfume also classified as a refreshing, woody, mossy fragrance or a modern fragrance that captures the timeless couture spirit of Dior…

Got in a website, the “Miss” suggests an ingenue quality that this composed and refined perfume belies, in its complexity of notes. And finally, it is way sexier than its later outer presentation would suggest. It also heard that Miss Dior was named after Christian Dior’s sister-“Catherine Dior”

Miss Dior Cherie combines pure couture spirit with the audacity of youthful, playful notes for a fresh approach to a timeless classic. It’s a feminine scent possesses a blend of rose, gardenia, sage, and other green florals. I got that, it’s recommended for daytime wear. And the notes of chic, green tangerine, violette, and pink jasmine mingle with soft patchouli, musk, and delectably sweet strawberry leaves and caramelized popcorn for a delicious scent that’s truly irresistible. Woo….w

Actually Dior has so many legendary perfumes so that I won’t be able to go through each & everyone right now… but I really like to keep in touch with the French magazines that I get in Alliance Française Library… I can get so many new advertisements there…

But 1 more fragrance of Dior that seemed very interesting to me… Yes!! Diorella

For women, was released in 1972 by the design House of Dior. It was inspired by the new attitude of the woman. Yah!! An attitude of confidence and independence that spans across the ages. Seems very insightful… It is a classic clean scent that has been around for a long time, but still remains the perfect scent for the confident modern woman…

More Interesting, In every perfume I saw there’s a best time mentioned to wear that… But here the best time to wear Diorella is when a woman wants… seems like-

“There’s a secret connection of Diorella with the woman’s heart.” Wow…

This fragrance is long lasting and can provoke memories of exotic places and exciting moments. It can embody the natural excitement and confidence of the wearer no matter where life leads her…

Diorella  marked as a classic scent that will never go out of style. This fresh, clean scent has a hint of exotic adventure mixed with feminine confidence and mystique that comes with that confidence. it represents the modern, independent, and confident woman of any year. Diorella is a timeless fragrance and represents the strong feminine beauty that is important to modern women every where and during every time in the history of the world.

Diorella was Roudnitska’s favorite of his creations, among them Femme and Eau Sauvage.(It has been called a “perfected Eau Sauvage” by Luca Turin; some say that it is Eau Sauvage with a drop of peach. If Eau Sauvage is Roudnitska’s overexposed olfactory photograph, and Femme the underexposed one with saturated sueded fruit notes, Diorella is the perfect picture, bright yet warm.

Chanel no.5, an ancient mystery for evermore history


Let me tell you a story of someone called karlak… the story touched my heart… even I was thinking silently and trying to be in the place of her and reach the depth of feel she got…

I’ve pasted it as it was-

“I found it as a child on my grandmother’s dressing table and used up one third of the bottle. My granny was naturally not delighted. She told me that this fragrance is for older ladies only and I can’t use it before being thirty. So I am patiently waiting for my thirties birthday.

In the meanwhile I learned that this eighty-something year old fragrance is one of the best-selling perfumes in the world. It actually made history as it has been generated by mixing eighty natural and artificial scents – and for the first time people could not identify what it was. Before Chanel No. 5 was made, perfumes were just flower scents with poetic names, and some people consider Chanel No. 5 to be a first real perfume.

I tried to guess its composition: I believe I can smell roses, freesia, vanilla, maybe musk and neroli. It is definitively an evening wear; personally, I would never wear it in the morning. I like its square bottle very much: It is generic and simple, yet modern – even nowadays.

I find the perfume concentration superior to the Eau de Toilette and Eau de Perfume. It is pricey, but it is worth every cent. In general, I believe this feminine scent will be around for a while. I hope my grandchildren will discover it on my dressing table one day.

I know the last line stocked in your mind very delicately. I don’t wanna comment more on it and bind you in my words, already thousands of windows got open in your heart… 😀

Now, this is something really trembled me more than a little…

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

Answered by ever popular with the rich and sophisticated, Marilyn Monroe.

If we ask a random stranger on the street to name a perfume, there’s more chance that he/she would say Chanel No. 5 may be he/she has absolutely no interest in fragrance and doesn’t wear any to sniff a No. 5 test strip. Yah…

an ancient perfume…

a legendary perfume…

a most expensive perfume

& a French perfume 🙂

Even, when we think of designers, luxury and full-on to-die-for glamour, one name that instantly springs to mind is Chanel.

Interesting and true, the signature fragrance Chanel No. 5 was created after a fortune teller told Coco Chanel that her lucky number was five. It was released on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year, May 5th 1921. Ernext Beaux also created four other perfumes for Chanel; they are the little known Bois d’Illes, No. 22, Cuir de Russie, and Gardenie. However, Gardenie has recently been re-released by the House in 2005 with international acclaim, a scent that fuses jasmine with musks.

Yeh… we heard the quote- “there’s a great story behind every great creation.”

Depending on which story we believe, No. 5 was an accident when too much of a particular aldehyde was added to a scent or was a deliberate attempt to replicate Coco’s modern and blatant use of synthetic materials — think of her ropes of faux pearls. Hahaha…

“There was jasmine, rose, gardenia, lily of the valley… For me, No 5 was the first perfume that used flowers – lots of flowers – but that didn’t immediately relate to one in particular.”

The secret to No 5’s intentionally elusive nature and to the fact that, almost 90 years after its inception, it remains almost impossible to pin down, in fact, scientific more than poetic. This was the first fragrance to make use of synthetically replicated molecules taken from products of natural origin and that is aldehydes…

I found out that Chanel No. 5 has kept to the same formula since it was launched in 1921 and we can find out for ourselves what the different components of this perfume are, but to describe I would say that it is a beautiful floral blend with a spicy edge… as far I got…

Coco Chanel had instructed Ernest Beaux to create a fragarance that should be “All about scent and nothing about the bottle.” As I said-out of the five scents samples, she preferred No. 5. “It will bring me luck,” she declared.

According to my study- It has been described as “the world’s most legendary fragrance”, and remains the company’s most famous perfume. Chanel estimates that a bottle is sold worldwide every 30 seconds… not unbelievable but little hard to believe… but the truth is much more stronger than our believe…:D

When Chanel No 5 was first created, Jacques Polge said, “it was very influential and many imitations were created, but those have now all disappeared, which means that No 5 seems more different than ever. I think that today, No 5 really is unique, and that is the most important thing, to create something that is unique.

As is true of many perfumes, No. 5 contains more than one type of aldehyde.

Btw what is Aldehydes???

Aldehydes provide sparkle and can boost the dispersion of some notes. When we get a strong hit of aldehydes right away from a fragrance, chances are that we smell an “aliphatic” aldehyde. Although some people think of a dose of aliphatic aldehydes as “perfume-y” and old fashioned, when Beaux made it the signature of No. 5 and No. 22, it was revolutionary. Wow….

Osmoz(an online magazine dedicated to perfume) describes No. 5 as having top notes of aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, and neroli; a heart of jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, and orris; and a base of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, and amber.

So, what exactly does Chanel No 5 smells like? Though I didn’t smelled it so far, may be for my inability to effort a Chanel no 5 for my mom, but I can share some great person’s best words that I might not express such way…

According to Luca Turin, author of The Secret of Scent and, with Tania Sanchez, the recently published Perfumes- Chanel No 5 smells as follows:

“Those who have been brought up on stunted, suburban fragrances must find it hard to accept the existence of such a regally beautiful thing, the top notes surprise every time, a radiant chorus of ylang and rose floating like gold leaf on the chalk-white background of aldehydes. Curiously, this most modern of perfumes evokes an image of great antiquity, perhaps a Scythian jewel on a white dress.

The drydown fades the way white flowers do, slowly becoming soft and flesh-coloured. And to get an idea of No 5’s quality, smell it on a paper strip after 24 hours. Now try this with whatever else you’re wearing. See?”

And according to New York Times perfume critic, Chandler Burr, on the subject. “Chanel No 5 hits you like a bank of white-hot searchlights washing the powdered stars at a movie premiere in Cannes on a dry summer night. If you haven’t smelled it in a while, do so again. It’s great to bathe in that light.”

I really feel speculate when I watch the commercial advertise of Chanel products. Even there were so many popular faces. The original of these was Chanel herself, photographed with perhaps her greatest, and certainly most lucrative, creation in her Paris apartment by Man Ray. Although Marilyn Monroe was never actually signed up by Chanel, she helped to establish No 5’s allure, famously declaring that “a few drops of No 5″ was the only thing she wore in bed….as I said before. Since that time, some of the world’s most beautiful women have represented the fragrance, including the French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Carole Bouquet. More recently, Nicole Kidman became the first Hollywood superstar to promote No 5 in a film and stills captured by the Moulin Rouge

If there is one word I would use to describe it, it would be ‘mystery’. It’s a very mysterious fragrance, and that is a fine quality. A fragrance that lacks mystery is too obvious; it can never last very long.”

If Chanel No 5 were a book, someone asked to Jacques Polge, what would it be?

“Les Liaisons dangereuses,” he replied

And a painting?

“It makes me think of Titian, Venice was very important to Chanel.” he said.

And a film?

“François Truffaut’s Baisés Volés.”

And a piece of music?

“Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet,” Polge says,

barely pausing for thought. Finally, I wonder of the last answer, if Chanel No 5 were an animal, what would it be?

“That’s easy. It would be a lion. And that lion continues to roar.

And from me, I can tell one thing with keeping hand on my chest… someday I’ll buy a Chanel no 5 for my mom, & that’s also from France… That’s true if the almighty allows me…

But there’s a wish that is never gonna be fulfilled. I got that Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel never got married with anyone as i’m already crushed out at her pictures. How beautiful she was!!! If I was born in that time, still there was a chance for me. Lolz…

1 thing really touched me, in the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld designed a special 5 Euro coin. The coin features both a portrait of Coco Chanel and lots of other trademark graphics of the brand. The 5 Euro coin was chosen, as it is a good match with the Chanel No. 5  fragrance.

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