Lanvin’s Feathery New Scent

“I am overweight, so I am very, very aware of what to show and what not to show, and I am sure there is a huge link with being an overweight designer and the work I do. My fantasy is to be skinny, you see?” confided Alber Elbaz in a lengthy 2009 profile in the New Yorker.

Over the years, the Lanvin designer has indeed displayed an obsession with lightness, not only in his floaty garments, but also in his hilarious Paris shop windows. i.e. mannequins lounging about an airplane cabin. Now he’s taking the notion of weightlessness to a new level with a limited-edition fragrance called Jeanne Lanvin La Plume, the second in an olfactory tribute to the house’s founder. In French, of course, plume means feather.

Launching this month, the eau de parfum (€59, 100 ml) is a fruity cocktail of apricot, pear and orange, with a touch of rose petal, while the bottle comes adorned with a tiny white downy feather and a pink tulle pompom, which can actually be used as a hair clip. So Alber.

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