OMG! What happened? If my beat truthfully included only Paris, September and October would have been delightfully but manageably crazy. In mid-September, the 5th Edition of Les Rives de la Beauté touched down in Paris, wreaking holy fragrant havoc on perfume and other art forms as they collided in a series of events on the left and right banks of the Seine. Annick Goutal, Atelier Cologne, Olfactive Studio, Cinquième Sens, Des Effluves & Des Oeuvres (In the Ere), Comme des Garçons, Trend Union, AESOP, and La Cour des Senteurs all saw serious action, while memorable storm parties erupted as if through spontaneous combustion at niche fragrance hot spots, Jovy, NOSE, and Liquides. A week later it was more than an aftershock when Jovoy erupted again, this time setting off fireworks in an over-the-top 90th birthday celebration. In the middle of all this, Jean-Claude Ellena spoke about ‘The New International Perfume Museum’ and signed his new book, La Note Verte (The Green Note) at the monthly SFP lecture series, and rumor had it that Zero Zero’s ‘Blood’ was launching at Colette.
What made things out of control crazy (and therefore even more enchanting) was that an important niche fragrance trade show, Pitti Fragranze was taking place the week before in Florence, and it was imperative that I be there. Right? And while in Florence, how could I resist the rare opportunity of a private, behind the scenes, tour of the famed Santa Maria Novella.
Oh yes, and then there was America. In what posterity will surely say was a rash move, I accepted invitations to give a series of perfume workshops across the state of North Carolina in mid-October. Groups in Chapel Hill, Wilmington, and Fayetteville hosted “Fragrances of 18th Century France and Colonial America” workshops, while another group (in Chapel Hill again — Go, Tarheels!) incited me to create an entirely new fragrance workshop genre: ‘The Bad Girls’ Fragrance Workshop’ (see ‘Workshops’ section of this website).
So brace yourselves. It’s been far from dull this fall in the French-Italian-US Perfume Corridor, and full reports are on the way. Meanwhile, to whet your appetite see who you recognize in the composite photo.