Yves Saint Laurent Paris is one of those '80s perfumes we now call “classic”. That anything dating from the '80s is considered a “classic” disconcerts me as much as when Jessica Simpson refers to “Old Hollywood”, and it turns out she means John Travolta and Debra Winger.
Nevertheless, the shedding of calendar pages continues ever apace, and perfumer Sophia Grojsman’s creation is now appreciated as one of the few A-ha-era perfumes that is still with us -- and still smells decent.
Loud and proud, '80s fragrances like Giorgio and Poison are more about declaration than seduction. With its bright lipstick rose and violet bouquet, Paris is pretty declarative, too, but with a lilt and swing that makes you smile. It’s as joyfully noisy as a stretch limo filled with bridesmaids.
And now Parisienne, composed by Grojsman along with Sophie Labbé, is here to capture the hearts and noses of the current crop of young‘uns.
As required by said young‘uns, it is a fruitchouli, as fruity as a migrant worker’s pick-up truck, as Carmen Miranda’s hat, as the Vatican Swiss Guard. Like, pretty fruity.
Paris’ signature rose is still featured amidst the berry jamboree, but I wonder how that will play with the kids. As one of my teen viewers recently commented regarding DKNY Be Delicious:
It just smelled like flowers on my skin!!And there I was thinking Be Delicious was all about the crisp, tart apple. As you can see, flowers are facing an uphill battle for the children of the new millennium. We’ll have to shred through a few more calendar pages before we discover whether Parisienne has the legs of her older sis, Paris.
I can't STAND flower smells!