|Poor chap didn't get any socks for Christmas|
Happy New Year to one and all! I hope those of you who had a festive break were able to rest, relax and enjoy the feasting. Here at Maison Persolaise, the decorations have been put away, the chocolate-covered almonds have been devoured and the carols have been deleted from the iPod. In other words, things are just about back to normal, which means I can resume regular blogging services.
What does 2013 have in store for us? Well, one thing's pretty certain: there will be lots and lots of perfume releases. From the vantage point of the first week of January, it's almost impossible to predict what the highlights of the next twelve months are going to be, but there's no doubt that some forthcoming creations have piqued people's interest more than others.
The mainstream is getting increasingly excited about the debut fragrance from Marni, put together by Daniela Andrier. Although a reliable authority has informed me that the final juice is more accessible and "commercial" than its initial drafts, I'm looking forward to seeing what it does with incense and rose. Louis Vuitton are expected to unveil their first scent by their in-house perfumer, Jacques Cavallier. Francis Kurkdjian has provided Jean-Paul Gaultier with Le Beau Male, another flanker to the consistently popular Le Male. I'm sure Dior, Guerlain, Chanel et al will try to woo us with a string of new scents. And it's also worth mentioning Christine Nagel's Flash, the second fragrance from Jimmy Choo, which was recently launched at a suitably strobe-lit party atop London's Gherkin.
Doubtless, niche brands will be busy too. Serge Lutens is just about to unveil La Fille De Berlin (reportedly a metallic rose). Amouage will launch Beloved Man and Opus VII (the latter composed by Alberto Morillas and Pierre Negrin). And Andy Tauer will finally add a new scent to his main collection: according to his blog, his current plan is to call it Noontide Petals.
But of course, all of the above pale into insignificance at the prospect of the first fragrance from those paragons of elegance and refinement, One Direction. Legions of teenage girls have already started saving their pocket money...
Have a great 2013, everybody!
PS A couple of mentions of my book on the Net: please click here for a write-up on Osmoz and click here for a piece on The Arbuturian.