Never underestimate the transformative power of fragrance.
It’s hard to pinpoint where in history the world’s obsession with the ‘effortlessly-cool’ French woman all began. Maybe it’s to do with their ability to channel nonchalance and elegance at the same time? Or how they manage to look so easily chic and put together, even when they are bare-faced with straight-out-of-bed hair. Whatever it is, we all want it.
Cast your mind to style icons such as Jeannes Damas, Lou Doillon, Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld, to name a few. These women aren’t necessarily what contemporary society would deem conventionally pretty – but all of them are, without a shadow of a doubt, beautiful. They’re self-assured, they’re unapologetic and above all, they are modern.
We may not be able to turn back the clock or rewire our genetics to possess the qualities that are inherent in the French woman that keeps culture in a state of idée fixe, but there are ways in which one can certainly channel it, and it could rest within a go-to scent…
Enter, Modern Princess EDP by none other than legendary Parisian fashion house Lanvin.
Designed with the modern woman in mind, perfumer Christophe Raynaud has meticulously assigned traits to the combination of notes to develop a scent that is as complex and assertive as the coveted French cool-girl. “Her charm comes from her air of mystery and her perpetual ability to surprise,” says Raynaud.
The fragrance comes in two variations, one a vibrant jasmine floral casting on delicate fruits transformed with undertones of vanilla orchid and blond wood, and a second, more velvety Eau Sensuelle EDT that possesses juicy notes of blood peach improved with creamy sandalwood.
Lanvin Modern Princess EDP 60ml, $108 | 30ml, $75
Jasmine, Pink Lady, apple, redcurrant, freesia and musk, vanilla orchid and blond wood.
Lanvin Modern Princess EDP Eau Sensuelle EDT 60ml, $102 | 30ml, $71
Grapefruit, blood peach, peony, white jasmine, sandalwood and musk.
Lanvin Modern Princess EDP and Eau Sensualle EDT are available exclusively at Farmers from the 16 July 2018.