Now, I ask you: Which one of these parfum flacons do you want sitting on your vanity: the exquisite Lalique dove or the newly re-designed -- is it a bird, is it a plane is it what (?) -- thing by the tres, tres branché (trendy, hot, In) Philippe Starck?
Apparently he has been approached multiple times by various parfumers to design contemporary bottles to update their classic fragrances. He has always refused, that is until Nina Ricci asked him to re-think and come up with a new look for the, in my mind at least, most beautiful bottle of perfume in the world, L'Air du Temps.
It took him two years to design what I suppose is a bird.
I like Philippe, he was a neighbor for many years, he's funny, charming and talented, but I find the weird thing that in mid-October will replace the original flacon for what was all through my college years and my 30s my favorite perfume, a tad triste.
At least the formula has not been changed we're told, which is often not the case with classic perfumes the design houses feel need contemporary notes added to the recipe. Tastes change, they claim.
If it's not too late, perhaps it's the moment to rush out and find an original flacon and buy it instantly. I would imagine they will become collector's items.
Oh yes, Philippe is quoted as saying he himself always wears L'Air du Temps.
Perhaps the name itself explains why the powers in place at Nina Ricci decided an abstract, objet was what a new generation of perfume connoisseurs desire.
And I thought everyone was sooo into retro.