b-wear Beauty Highlights
L’Air du Temps, Collection Lumière
L'Aube is a celebration of the dawn, the caress of the rising sun’s first rays, a calm and sober moment. The fragrance is therefore sweet, intimate and sensual, and evokes a fresh air and Impressionist shades of the dawn. A breath of love with white feathers, pristine and intertwined. Calice Becker was inspired by the original notes of L'Air du Temps to develop a unique version and capture the rising dawn. The composition features a bouquet of feminine and powdered flowers. At its heart, white damask and rose petals notes unfold while the carnations are seasoned with lily extract and amber chords.
Le Zénith is an ode to midday, to broad daylight, a dazzling moment with the sun in all its splendour. The sensual and refined spirals of the Lalique crystal are intertwined with white feather doves and hand-painted gold markings on this exceptional limited edition bottle that pays homage to the original mythical fragrance. Radiant and vigorous, L'Air du Temps was revolutionary in its time, the first floral boquet with spicy notes in the history of Francis Fabron perfumery. Roses and lilies, jasmine and sandalwood, and at its heart the carnation, brimming and slightly tart, which gives it its unique touch.
Le Crépuscule recreates the twilight, an intense emotion from the first flashes of the night with the promise of solitude and mysterious shadows. The deep blue of the bottle and the feathers evoke the dusk. A narcotic fragrance, opulent and all enveloping. To adapt the original formula of L'Air du Temps and give it a twilight hue, Calice Becker focused on the most charismatic of blooms. In an all surrounding embrace, the carnation mixes with the Night Dondiego, a flower that opens when the last rays of the sun disappear. The diffuse salicylic aroma, that evokes the water of the rivers, is combined with the notes of the vanilla pod and the cananga flower.
For the first time ever in the history of L’Air du Temps, Nina Ricci creates three limited editions for this perfume which has become an ode to eternal feminity that invites new fans to rediscover it in different ways. Time is valuable because we only are allotted so much of it, since its creation in 1948 L’Air du Temps has endeavoured to capture that fleeting instant of the start of a new beginning, the freedom of a passing moment, feminine sensuality as light as a feather.
Now the firm presents three tributes to the original fragrance: the glow of the dawn (L'Aube), the brightness of the zenith (Le Zénith) and the sweetness of the twilight (Le Crépuscule). It has done so through the creative genius of the perfumer Calice Becker, who has been inspired by time, from the dawn to the last rays of the setting sun, while Maison Lemarié has come up with a bottle that recreates light and the weightlessness of a feather (two of Nina Ricci’s icons) with a sculpted dove perched atop the packaging.