Rumeur de Lanvin.
This full bodied composition exploring the cheerful laughs of Arpège as well as the languid unblamed roughness of my beloved Scandal instantly pictured in my mind Margo Channing, a true strar, the most uncompromising, flamboyant, smoky and glamourous Diva ever embodied before by a masterful Bette Davis in All about Eve.
Eau de Lanvin was launched. As for nowadays, a serie of fragrances bearing the same name passed under the Lanvin bridge but none of them is worth a bit of the old glory. I spotted my small bottle on ebay some time ago and was really amazed to discover the juice was still enough in good shape to write about it.
Rumeur is part of the music themed Lanvin fragrances. Together with Arpège, Balenciaga Quadrille, and Piguet Fracas, it surely would have perfectly fitted with a cocktail interpretation among the ones proposed by my friend Marika Vecchiattini during her musical Perfumed Cocktail at Esxence 2015.
In fact, after a gently aldehydic Arpège-like opening that might have become even smoother with aging, Rumeur blooms with a lushious fruity chypre heart. Peach, but above all a ripe plum take the stage empowered by a seamless floral bouquet. It oozes class and power from every pore, it's feminine but not frail.
|Rumeur Ad (1934) - source hprints.com|