On Friday I went out with my dear school friend Jo. I was in her slipstream most of the evening (everyone was taller than me that night) and she smelled incredible. Naturally I asked her what it was and had a try.
Elie Saab is a brilliant perfume that really stands out from the crowd. Whereas many High Street perfume counters these days are guilty of selling the same stuff in different bottles, with Elie Saab, you would be stepping out of the line and banging your own drum. And you would smell amazing.
It came as no surprise to me at all that this was created by the legendary Francis Kurkdjian who has made several superb fragrances that I love. Indeed, Elie Saab does smell like a cousin of LANVIN Rumeur, with that hint of retro acetone/nail polish and glamour to it. It always makes me think of the inside of an elegant lady’s handbag in the 1950s.
Elie Saab opens with Orange Blossom, but what I could really smell was the Gardenia, one of my favourite floral scents. This is no simple floral however, and with Mr Kurkdjian in the driving seat, it will never be as simple as that. The Vetiver melds into the Gardenia, taking it from innocence to seduction in one smooth move. The long lasting ending is both tart and woody. I didn’t smell any of the Honey that was promised, which is fine by me. This was a wonderful scent to smell among the melange of same old same old, and it lasted all night long.