This Fall I had the lovely opportunity to travel to NYC, and have a whiff of many of the newest perfumes launched in October. Some were surprisingly good; some made me wonder why would I bother to even mention their names.
One of this Autumn's best perfumes was indeed a great surprise to me.
Thierry Mugler's iconic Angel was never my choice for a gourmet fragrance. It would NEVER have a place in my wardrobe. I understand that it was a that time, an innovation, the first of all gourmet fragrances. Many years passed and every season we have an avalanche gourmet perfumes; some have been really fantastic creations, proving my theory that being the first does not mean being the best.
Well, back to Angel...I was a cold rainy day, and I fond myself wondering inside Bloomingdales. Still shocked by Coco Noir, my mind was already set to not to be tempted by any other smiling sales person in that store, when this very charming lady asked me if I knew Thierry Mugler was celebrating the 20th anniversary of his haute perfumery line. I was already thinking how to turn my head to the other side without being inpolite, when a little "angel" whispered to my ears "why not? give it a chance".
Angel Les parfums de Cuir de Thierry Mugler is a limited edition of the original Angel, belonging to a collection of four fragrances chosen to celebrate the brand's 20th anniversary. For this ocasion, Thierry Mugler inspired by the art-craft of glove making worked on the original fragrances, adding natural extracts of leather.
Also, for Angel Les Parfums de Cuir, notes of iris and apricot were added to give the fragrance a very elegant gourmet touch.
The fragrance which is in my opinion an iconic teenager perfumer, has grown up into this very elegant woman who seduces without having to make an effort.
It is chic, warm, leathery and it reminds us of something that is good in Angel - I mean, it brings also it's positive aura, it's richness, but it is not really THE Angel (probably the reason why I loved it so much). The distance from the original makes me even dare to say that this not exactly a flanker, but a process of growing up, maturing ideas and concepts.
The fragrance bottle looks much more appealing than what you will see in the internet. The real bottle is simply beautiful. It looks like a jewel. It contains a golden caramelized liquid in a perfectly polished vial that looks like a diamond cut made by an experienced jeweler.
It is worthwhile to try! Now I have no idea if this is the little angel telling you that, or the little devil in me, sitting on your shoulders and inviting you to sin..let me know!