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”

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…

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.

Spring Clean for the May Queen…


Those waters weren’t bothering me, they were poking bellow my jeans but I was really enjoying their babbling. The roads were wet and started to reflect uncountable lights over them as if they are really happy to be kissed by the clouds after long days of winter, & I have 5 minutes walking ways to reach her. I was enjoying my road that takes me to see my May Queen in a rainy day. When I arrived Alliance Française was really looking like sleeping baby, those rain waters made her white skin brighter and the red sheds were glowing in the dawn.

Uuuu…. It makes me wonder…

Those violin students were getting out after their classes, students of so many ages, children, teenagers, adults… even saw one old guy, but the strange thing they were talking with each other such way I wasn’t seemed they got a huge age difference… suddenly I was claiming myself as a stupid… COME ON!! In our class we do the same, we also got students of so many different ages… this is the another belief of Alliance…

Reached 3rd floor and saw my French teacher Adrien Passelande trough the glass, he was taking another class. Somehow his eyes glanced at me & spoke something from there with a smile. I felt somewhere in my heart it marked “Bonjour”, I wrote in my heart the same and send again to him with a smile. He took it and focused again to his class. It was a 5 second event, but this is the way of communication here.

Heart to eyes and eyes to heart…

I reached my class room & nobody was there. I sat alone and really enjoying the time to come my friends. The “tick-tuck” sound of the clock was sounding like its going backward as I looked at the black and white photograph outside…