Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fall Perfume Fantasy: YSL Rive Gauche

OK, so there's the slightest hint of cooler (meaning 80s instead of 100) weather this week, so I'll post a quick fall fantasy inspired by one of my vintage perfume bottles.

Yves Saint Laurent's Rive Gauche in vintage parfum fits this imaginary purple prose scene from Jules et Jim perfectly:

In a Parisian cafe near midnight, Catherine, a brunette woman in a pullover and slightly disheveled trench coat, is talking animatedly with Jules and Jim at a cushioned Art Deco booth. Outside, the streetlights shine on frosted cobblestone streets and the air has the dry, metallic feel of snow, but the cafe is warmed by the fire, bringing out the scents of woolens, woodwork, and the zinc bar. The roses that one of the men has given her lay on the booth. She ignores them as easily as she overlooks the obvious rivalry of the two men over her attention, giving them both only capricious, lighthearted banter instead of any explanations.

Hee, hee. Have you read any of those crazy scenes Lancome's marketing department writes up for their La Collection perfumes? They oughta hire me to write some more of those. What a great job that would be!

For a more thorough review of this masterpiece, read this one at the always fascinating Bois de Jasmin.


ScentScelf said...

Oh, the BOTTLES you have... :)

Yes, ad copy--"scent narrative porn?"--can be outrageous, and there is a competition out there similar to the annual Hemingway sounds-like-but-better.

Our weather got cooler last week, then hurricanes pushed weather fronts up, and we got warm and monsoon-y. Will have to look at it as an opportunity to wear a little bit of everything...

The Daily Connoisseur said...

What a great blog! Love your description and I absolutely LOVE Jules et Jim... can picture myself there now...