SUCCESSFUL FAILURES VOL.IV: : : ‘ANIMAL IMPRINTS…………’ EMPREINTE by COURREGES (1970) + LA NUIT by PACO RABANNE (1985)

The Black Narcissus

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They kiss:  and the smear of her lipstick, the taste of her mouth, her hair, her skin – this scent, in all its complexity, kissed in a furl of hands, of gently undone white shirt and leather coat, is the imprint left on your lips: your eyes: your brain.

Fresh, light-pink top notes of peached rose, jasmine, artemisia, melon and bergamot – a most intriguing top accord – don’t attempt to mask the urgently animalic soft leather whip of the base in a deliciously ambiguous chypre that is perverse, stylish, and clever.

Like a striding, soft-shelled armor of extreme chic, Empreinte, particularly in vintage parfum – though the eau de toilette has its own breathy exhalations – is an immaculate example of the genius of French perfumery as it once was – the layers of veneer, poise and sexuality, all concealed effortlessly beneath an outwardly respectable semblance of stilettoed, modish…

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