Inspiring perfumer Jacques Guerlain
Jacques Guerlain composed Liu in 1929. A hymn to femininity and true love, this olfactory poem is inspired by the heroine of Turandot, Puccini's great opera. The young slave chooses to commit suicide rather than reveal the name of her master with whom she is in love. The captivating fragrance symbolises the power of secrets. Everything about it is distinctive, down to the bottle. In glossy black glass reminiscent of lacquer adorned with golden letters, it has the intriguing appearance of a Chinese tea caddy.
In 2012, Olivier Echaudemaison is adopting Liu's secrets to orchestrate a fascinating limitededition make-up collection. A tribute to Asian heroines' extreme femininity and sense of detail, the make-up objects reveal their most precious gestures and rituals. Motionless journeys take us the furthest. With its cases lined in flamboyant red, the collection is a captivating oneway journey to a land of sophisticated beauty routines. Where a pure, glowing complexion has the radiance of a pearl, a structured gaze seems decorated with Indian ink calligraphy and glossy lips echo the lacquer finish on traditional decorative objects.
From Fine Perfumery to Fine Colour, from the roaring twenties to the 21st century, Guerlain's creatives have been reinventing seduction and its mysteries…