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Michelle Violy Harper's musings on all things unique and obstusely or acutely hideously gorgeous.

Art that may offend. Food that may resemble art. Scents that stink of divinity. The really unreal. And of course the much beloved "Fashion Fail"

Because nothing inspiring is flawless or perfect. It's in the failures, the experiments, and the unique that I find the greatest joy.

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FRAGRANCE : ESSAY 1

PERFUME, ELEGANCE, AGE …

Whomever has told you that perfume expires, ages, or goes bad is probably speaking of cheap perfumes. I can tell you one thing, perfume is like wine. It can age beautifully to a most marvelous creature that defies the senses, or go sour like vinegar. It is all about education. Today I want to talk about SHALIMAR. My grandmother’s go to scent … A once beautiful concoction in the oriental rich heady movement of luxury French fragrances. With amazingly chosen oils and raw ingredients and notes of bergamot, iris, vanillin, night blooming flowers, musks, producing a silky deep black velvety ode to the night, exotic gardens, and love. Dark, Syrupy, and Thick - gorgeous bottles from the 30’s make my head spin with delight. A lighter colored Shalimar indicates a cheap new version, full of alcohol, and cheaper synthetics - watch out! You will not be getting the gem women once fainted over.

DESIGN ICON: ANDREE PUTMAN

Speaking of art deco, and Jeanne Lanvin, please note the amazing Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann case piece at the rear of the photo of Andree Putman’s apartment that once belonged to and was made for Jeanne Lanvin’s office.

Not only is the room designed by Putman exquisite, the piece chosen as the focal point of the room is one of the most beautiful examples of art deco design, by one of it’s greatest masters, Mr. Rhulmann.

Like Jeanne Lanvin, Andree Putman exhibits exquisite elegance and style, personally and in her design work now and eternally.

One should not be separated from the other, as sophistication comes full circle. From one creator to the next, we now move on to a contemporary artist, Robert Knoke who created the ever striking Andree Putman portrait above.

Great minds are drawn to one another across space and time,

As I said … 

FULL CIRCLE

Xx!

MVH

DESIGN ICON: ARMAND ALBERT RATEAU

The beyond exclusive art deco genius with an eye for elegance that was never overly serious. He balanced playfulness with a lush palette of color and form. Rateau was sought out by the most refined aesthetes. 

Best known for decorating Jean Lanvin’s homes, and collaborations thereafter, Rateau also kept company with the likes of Paul Poiret, all togther a trio of masterful elegance and artistry.

In the United States Rateau is seldom spoken about - but I cannot recommend enough a visit to the Musee Des Arts Decoratifs in Paris where Lanvin’s rooms designed by Rateau are preserved perfectly. 

Armand Albert Rateau was one of the most elegant contributors to the art deco movement.

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