DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME: THE NEW ROMANTICS IN PERFUME (PART 1) : POUR FEMME by ARMANI (1982) + CLANDESTINE by GUY LAROCHE (1985)

The Black Narcissus

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My three biggest passions in life are cinema, music, and perfume.

Since my early teenage years I have loved the heady, mindless escape into each art form ; enjoyed observing how it evolves with the times; the strong sensation that each  year has a very particular aesthetic, influenced by politics, fashion, and the zeitgeist that straddles boundaries of genre, affecting everything.

While I think I have really quite an eclectic taste in music, I came of age, or more precisely came alive, to the pop music of the early eighties, which offered a beautiful refuge to a boy who was essentially very traumatized by the terrifying knowledge that he was ‘different’ to others, despite being ostensibly loved, and popular at school.

However, though piano competitions and being decent academically gave me a sense of achievement, the darkness at my centre as…

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