19 settembre 2011
Woman's Picture is the project grown up in the virtual place of Evelyn Avenue aiming to tell about movies displaying woman's portraits inspired by the female characters in thirties, forties and fifties movies. It's inside this space that Brian and Andy, despite never meeting each other in person but just virtually or by phone, decided to collaborate putting together memories, fragrances and personas.
This one telling Miriam's history, her feelings and her perfume is just the first of three portraits to which will follow other two ladies stories, Ingrid and Loretta. The scent is also at the center of the plot as the last memory Miriam has of her mother as a young lady as now she's shattered by dementiae. A Baccarat crystal flacon without a label holds the last decant of this maternal memories juice that the sensitive Miriam uses to cuddle herself in the most intimate moments. What will happen when the insensitive Miriam's man won't pay attention smashing it? To know more we can only refer to Brian's tale, maybe spraying themselves with Miriam.
The opening is hugely diffusive with hesperidic fresh aldehydes, almost sparkling and keeping under the starting brightness a radiant bouquet of soft white flowers, a blast of petals ruled by the fresh facet of rose and soapy neroli. Right after this luminous garden there's some shade where violets grow which leaves natural essence give its green temper to the perfume. As slowly the human side of these women came out, so Miriam warms up letting bloom the mellow facets of jasmine and ylang ylang introducing the gently ambery base typical of florals like Nina Ricci's Coeur-Joie or even L'air du Temps loaded with powdery musk ambrette. In fact it is above all the base of this perfume shows Andy's signature with a slightly woody sandalwood trace smoothed with vanilla and tonka bean and made sensual by animal amber echoing to Zeta, contrasting the clean powdery musks bringing a faint impression of Orange Star.
Who thinks it's easy nowadays to recreate this kind of scents or again who's wondering what's the meaning of making this first of all should understand how primary here is the choice of natural raw materials to obtain the desired result that means curiosity and research but above all a good knowledge of essences available in the past and present. True modernity lies also there to me, not in a nostalgic revival but in the search for revisiting the past, reinterpreted with today's taste and materials to reinvent the ones that don't exist anymore or are not allowed anymore and putting a signature like Andy does. The result might not be everybody's cup of tea but it is not less experimental from an artistic point of view than trying to invent something never smelled before and it is the umpteenth proof of Herr Tauer's versatility.