|Sanchez and Turin at Harvey Nichols in 2008|
[They're baaaaaaaaaaack! On Friday August 16th, the original perfume whisperers Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez re-entered the fumisphere via the earthly portal of Scent Bar in Los Angeles. I was traumatized to have missed them: how unfair that they popped up in my favorite fragrance boutique after I'd relocated to London!
However, my irregularly-regular guest blogger jtd was in attendance, and he kindly supplied this report on the Laz 'n' Taz smell-in. -- Katie]
After Luca Turin recently announced that he would resume writing about perfume, I anticipated more of a PR focused affair than the love fest that actually took place. A comfortable social event is a reflection of the hosts as well as the guests of honor, and Friday night was no exception. Scent Bar's Steve, Yvettra and Carlos welcomed us with hugs, kisses and champagne. Tania and Luca seemed thrilled to engage with any and all.
There were no presentations, no formal discussion. The guests of honor (and family: Tania and Luca’s new baby, and Luca’s teenaged daughter and son) milled about and introduced themselves. Groups formed and changed, and without actual speed-dating I feel as though I spoke with most everyone in the shop.
As time passed, Tania drew in small circles of people who gathered around her and her astoundingly calm baby. Luca jumped behind the bar and took on all takers. People had brought obscure bottles from their collections, other bottles were pulled from every corner of the store and we sniffed, commented, laughed and shared the love.
When I had a moment to chat one on one with Luca, he told me that he’d spoken earlier at Google’s quantum computing group. (By contrast, I'd spoken earlier at my vet's about my dog’s trick knee, so I felt slightly out of my depth.)
But I was charmed and at ease in a heartbeat. Luca reached up to one of the nearest bottles on the wall behind us, Les Nereides Patchouli Antique, and told me that he remembered when it was released that it was popular as part of a stylistic bundle: tight white jeans, tight t-shirts, big hair...and Patchouli Antique.
|Tight jeans and no t-shirt: David Cassidy, I think I love you.|
I told him that we should revive the whole package and he groaned. When I mentioned that I preferred Les Nereides’ earlier bottle with the two putti flying holding up the renaissance fair-style banner, he gave a big laugh.
|What's so funni about putti?|
I asked Luca about his plans to resume writing on perfume, and how he and Tania planned to approach it. He told me that he intended to look back at what has been released in the five years since his last reviews, as well as noting the trends, both positive and negative. He spoke enthusiastically about the growing influence of the niche market. The format would continue to be the individual perfume review. Luca mentioned that in all their writing together, Tania's editing was crucial. [Tania edited in that last line. -- Katie]
Luca Turin's bimonthly perfume column appears in Style.com/Arabia
Read jtd's thought-provoking perfume writing on his blog, Scent Hurdle.
Luca and Tania photo by Sarah Lee from an interview in The Guardian