Just to check if you’re up to speed on forthcoming launches, a little guessing game…
A copper-petalled rose with clove stamens sprouted from charred earth…
A rose and pistachio Turkish delight sprinkled in confectioner’s sugar, clutched in a leather glove…
A water-drenched iris in tones of orange blossom and rose just before dawn…
A shot of cognac and a good cigar in a leather couch…
… and a violet thief.
Can you name them? No draw here. Just a foretaste.
No one, really? I'll add some clues:
The first links the last name of a famous French film director to the title of a literary classic;
The second takes us to the same destination as a train immortalised in an Agatha Christie novel;
The third makes a reference to a school of Japanese art;
The fourth is named after the French title of a German movie;
The fifth is named after a famous character in French popular literature...
And the answers are, of course:
Portrait of a Lady by Dominique Ropion for Frédéric Malle Éditions de Parfums
La Traversée du Bosphore by Bertrand Duchaufour for L'Artisan Parfumeur
Iris Ukiyoé byJean-Claude Ellena for Hermès, collection Hermessence
Les Ailes du Désir by Bertrand Duchaufour for Frapin
Arsène Lupin Voyou and Arsène Lupin Dandy byJean-Paul Guerlain
Illustration: Burlesque performer and actress Sally Rand.