Wednesday, 15 April 2015

"I Try To Take You By The Hand" - An Interview With Jean-Claude Ellena, Perfumer At Hermès

image: Hermès
"My perfumes are sensual like the women of Hitchcock. I love Kim Novak. I can watch the same Kim Novak movie several times. And Grace Kelly too. There's an extraordinary scene in Rear Window where she leans over James Stewart and kisses him. But if you watch it carefully - because it must be watched carefully - James Stewart isn't there. She actually kisses the camera. You get the impression of being kissed yourself. That's very powerful. All the men watching the movie are being kissed at the same time. But anyway... Christine Nagel's perfumes are joyful, exuberant, full of fantasy. I'm more rational, reflective, intellectual. She's more Monica Bellucci."
To read my recent interview with Jean-Claude Ellena - in which he talks about Le Jardin De Monsieur Li, Hermès and the possibility of making perfumes for other brands - please click on this link to Now Smell This. The article marks my debut on the venerable site. Cue: major excitement on my part!

To find out what's going on here, you'll have to read the article...


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