Is there any item of clothing more iconic than the little black dress? From Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy eating her breakfast outside Tiffany’s, to an off-duty Marilyn Monroe in Norman Norell, or Princess Diana taking revenge in a whisp of black chiffon, the black dress is able to flatter the wearer whilst seducing everyone else with its allure.
So it is a wonder that it has taken so long to create the essence of the little black dress in a fragrance. But now step forward Guerlain.The legendary perfumer’s created the perfect fragrance called ‘The Little black dress’ as an exclusive fragrance back in 2009 . ‘La Petite Robe Noire’, to give its French name, was originally available only to Guerlain’s most loyal clientele. ‘ . But now, in 2012, we can all find out exactly what the fuss is about as the seductive new version has hit Selfridges exclusively. And I have to say ‘The Little black dress’ is both gorgeously fragranced and gloriously bottled.
For me, the overwhelming scent was the rather exotic black cherry. This gives the perfume an intoxicating aura that means this is something you would wear for an evening, or special occasion – this is not a scent for everyday. There is also an undertone of rose, but this is not cloying, sickly or old ladyish as rosey smells can be – instead it is more like a subtle essence that adds to the warmth of the fragrance. Other key notes include tonka beans, Iris, vanilla and patchouli, blended to create a glamorous, grown up fragrance that lingers in the memory.
The bottle is adorable,a perfect addition to any boudoir, with the prettiest black dress to illustrate this wonderful fragrance. This is any girls dream present, certainly the way to this woman’s heart.
La Petite Robe Noire launched exclusively at Selfridges on 1st June 2012. Click here to view the range.