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Le Parfum: Decoding the Allure of French Scent

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I’ll never forget the first time I was “perfumed” in Paris. After spritzing and sniffing numerous scents at a parfumerie in the Marais, I settled on L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake, a citrusy floral just right for warmer weather. The chic saleswoman held the tester aloft angled in my direction. “Je vous parfume, mademoiselle?” she asked, dousing me head to toe in a scented shower of Issey.

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Not since have I worn quite so much scent but will admit to feeling quite glam that afternoon as I trailed its sweet essence through the streets of Paris. It was an early lesson in the seductive power of fragrance.

That was more than ten years ago and I’ve tried many perfumes since. While I love the idea of a signature scent, I can’t seem to commit to just one. With so much wonderful choice and temptation, why settle? But whether true to one fragrance or scent schizophrenics like me, French women are united in a deep devotion to perfume.

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Front Row Fashion with Didier the HiP Concierge

Luxury concierge and guest blogger Didier reports live from Paris fashion week…

model 1Look from Rochas. All photos courtesy of Paris Est Une Fete

Text by Didier Paul, Translated by Tory Hoen

Paris fashion week has begun! Goodbye New York, ciao Milan, and bonjour Paris. Since Wednesday, the French capital has become a living preview of what will be in style next spring. And according to the specialists, 2010 looks like it will be a good year for shopping. Despite the current “crise”, Paris is resisting austerity and attempting (with more than 95 shows in less than 9 days) to maintain its place as the global leader in fashion. Continue Reading »

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