Serge Lutens’ Magic Perfume

Referring to the title of this post, I was already a believer in the power of Serge Lutens’ creations, and no this new scent that was presented to a small group of Paris bloggers, is not in actuality “magic”…but… it could be, almost. It has incredible powers of transformation, and sparks vibrant images of my imagination.

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Photo by Prête-Moi Paris

The boutique at Palais Royal where we were invited after hours, is a place I have indulgently and luxuriously become opulently used to, although it never ceases to onvoke awe and appreciation in me and heighten my creative senses. It is such an intriguing place. Soulaimane, who hosts these soirées, is the ever gracious and elegant host as well as a passionate believer (or converter) in the scents of the magician Lutens. He offers us champagne refreshments and little cakelettes to make us feel at ease and welcomed. And then he launches into in-depth explanations of all the scents that come about in conversation, as they are on display atop the table in front of us. He allows the conversation to ease its way around the different perfumes and olfactive opinions that are invoked by each of us present. And once we have been gently cradled into the atmosphere and universe of Serge Lutens perfumes, then he comes about with his explanation of the origins of the new creation.
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Pretty Paris Pictures I

A picture is worth a thousand words…they say.
And Paris is worth a thousand pictures…(hmmm, maybe more).
Here are a few to start!

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Prête-Moi Paris photography

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Nécessaire de Beauté – Serge Lutens

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Recently I was graciously invited to join a small panel of bloggers for a presentation of the Serge Lutens make-up line and what he calls the “nécessaire de beauté”. Beauty essentials. I love the Serge Lutens boutique at Palais Royal and have purchased and tested several of his perfumes. I love his work for its originality, it’s search for artistry with a palette of scents, and the way his perfumes can whisk me away somewhere else or invoke a striking emotion. So, of course I was curious to discover what he can do with make-up.

Récemment on m’a gracieusement invité à joindre un petit groupe de bloggers bien choisi pour assister à une présentation de la ligne de maquillage de Serge Lutens et ce qu’il appelle le “nécessaire de beauté”. Les essentiels de la beauté féminine. J’adore la boutique de Serge Lutens au Palais Royal et je suis une cliente et fan de plusieurs parfums. Son travail m’attire pour son originalité, et la recherche artistique avec une palette de parfums et sa capacité de m’envoyer en voyage ou invoquer une émotion simplement avec l’odorat. Alors j’étais bien évidement curieuse de voir ce qu’il arrive à faire avec le maquillage. Continue reading

Keep a clone in Paris

I think Rick Owens really loves Paris. He’s always here! Or at least it looks like he is. LOL!

I was showing a colleague who was in town the Serge Lutens boutique at the Palais Royal galleries, and as we were waiting for the perfume to develope on his arms (he tested several), we strolled around the covered gallery to window-shop (or lèchcer les vitrines si vous voulez). As we pased by the Rick Owens boutique we, looked through the glass and were surprised to see…Rick Owens himself! He was standing up on a shallow podium, and I assumed they were doing some kind of photo shoot…. he was standing really still. Too still. “He’s not blinking” I said to my colleague. We waited a minute. Then decided that it was sure, Rick Owens was made of wax.
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I find this rather hilarious, that he has a wax statue of himself in the boutique. I supose it is to show shoppers how to wear the clothing? But what I really want to know is if they add tatoos on the wax statue if Rick gets a new one…? Hahaha!

Serge Lutens – a voyage for the senses

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There is a place where you can take a trip of sensations, olfactory voyages down memory lane or places yet to be discovered.

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Tucked away in the gallery boutiques of the Palais Royal, Serge Lutens hosts a magical journey in his boutique at the Shiseido shop. This place, conceptualized by Serge Lutens himself,is unique in the world, and the only place that sells his exclusive line :


Rich with colors and sensuality, these liquid elixirs come from classic and pure elements, that are married with care and creativity to the imagination of Mr. Lutens. And they do bring your imagination on a trip…somewhere… Come in and test these delicately concocted scents, each one unique, each one containing the recollection of places past or things yet to be seen, mysteries and memories, longings and luxurious possessions, these scents hold the promise of sensation.

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Serge Lutens…he starts out at 14 years old, in a chic hair salon in Paris, where he dolls up his friends, and photographs them… this gains him a leg up from Vogue who hires him to do make and hairstyles for their magazine, and then Dior stakes their claim on him, asking him to create a line of luxury make-up… he continues his photography and exposes it in New York and other museums around the world, he makes movies, he becomes a nez, a perfume creator, a marketing expert, an interior designer…what DOESN’T he do?!? A creative person by nature, he finds sensuality everywhere. You can find it at 142, Galerie de Valois, 75001 Paris

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