"Message in a Bottle" An Interview with Perfume Legend Luca Turin - Reviews soon

    "Message in a Bottle" An Interview with Perfume Legend Luca Turin - Reviews soon

    post #1 of 14
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    "This article has been excerpted from a longer interview that will be published on Style.com/Arabia this weekend. "Message in a Bottle," Luca Turin's bimonthly column of perfume reviews for Style.com/Arabia, will launch in August. "

     

    "Perfume is decidedly not about two things: It isn't about memory, and it isn't about sex. Perfume is about beauty and intellect," Luca begins. "A perfume is a message in a bottle—not a smell—and the message is written by the perfumer and read by the person who smells it."

     

    www.style.com/trendsshopping/stylenotes/072413_Luca_Turin/


    Edited by pluran - 7/26/13 at 4:07pm
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    Well, yes.  The line between art and entertainment is hazy.  But unlike Turin, I am looking for something practical that I can wear often.  Not something that I just spray on a paper, and give it a rating.

     

    I think fragrances as a whole (despite a few missteps) are on the whole on the road to getting better.  I know War and Peace is a respectable acclaimed work, but I'd rather just read a comic book.

    post #3 of 14
    I look forward to his reviews of the aforementioned Tauer and Slumberhouse, just to name a couple.
    post #4 of 14

    Thanks for the heads up, pluran.

     

    In some ways I envy LT having had a break and being able to come back after a few years and see what the 'post IFRA' world smells like with an open mind.

     

    It's true that we have witnessed the end of an era but equally as true that despite the ridiculous restrictions imposed on the industry that there are perfumers with the talent to still create excellent work - albeit in new or different genres. Hope springs eternal!

    post #5 of 14
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    .......despite the ridiculous restrictions imposed on the industry that there are perfumers with the talent to still create excellent work - albeit in new or different genres. Hope springs eternal!

     

    Thanks mr reasonable,

     

    There are some good ones, a few great ones even, but most of what I smell are simple and ridiculously expensive versions of older fragrances. It's hard to create art when your palette is replaced with inferior ingredients. But you're right, there's plenty of talent. It will be interesting to watch perfumers attempt to work with these new molecules. There will definitely be plenty of interesting accords. :-)

     

    From Luca Turin's Twitter page: "Thank you for making it happen ! Look forward to it, esp. since the first reviews include a wonderful ***** fragrance."

    https://twitter.com/lucaturin


    Edited by pluran - 7/25/13 at 2:46am
    post #6 of 14

    Thanks Pluran, I'm looking forward to this.
     

    post #7 of 14

    Indeed, looking forward to the reviews also. Whether I agree with LT or not, great to hear his perspective, and always entertaining to boot.

    post #8 of 14
    Thanks Pluran. Looking forward to this also.
    post #9 of 14

    The complete interview is up now,

     

    http://arabia.style.com/2013/07/interview-message-in-a-bottle-luca-turin/

     

    Start at page 2 if you have read the excerpt. There's some good news at the end. :)


    Edited by gido - 7/27/13 at 8:14am
    post #10 of 14
    Terrific and definitely good news!

    I like the bit about how the book was generally received by Brits vs. Americans (and the French). It rings pretty true, actually.
    post #11 of 14
    "This conversation, which he initiated with the publication of the first perfume guide in 1992, will be continued here, on Style.com/Arabia. These reviews will be featured in his next Perfume Guide, reviewing what is new from 2008-2014, to be released at the end of 2014."

    Nuff said.
    post #12 of 14
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pluran View Post

    "Perfume is decidedly not about two things: It isn't about memory, and it isn't about sex. Perfume is about beauty and intellect," Luca begins.

    www.style.com/trendsshopping/stylenotes/072413_Luca_Turin/

    That's a fantastic quote. I'm a big believer that perfume does not get a guy laid. The whole pantydropper concept is just so dumb. I definitely believe that a perfume that matches your style ("beauty") and your personality (especially in terms of intellect) will get you further than trying to smell sexy ever will.

    I'm glad Luca Turin is back to writing reviews. I realize his reviews are just his opinions and I don't always agree, but I enjoy reading what he has to say.
    post #13 of 14
    Thread Starter 

    Full interview published today - Message in a Bottle: A Conversation with Perfume Industry Legend, Luca Turin

     

    "......an episode is recounted in which Luca finds himself in Paris in the office of the celebrated perfumer, Françoise Caron, and is asked to give his opinion on a new fragrance she had created for Escada. He smells the vial and muses aloud, “It is like one of those silks that has two colors to it, depending on how the light strikes it.” Bewildered, Caron hands over the brief to him and Luca reads, “We want it to smell like the silks that have two colors in them, depending on the light.”

     

    http://arabia.style.com/2013/07/interview-message-in-a-bottle-luca-turin/


    Edited by pluran - 7/27/13 at 6:03pm
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    Hawkeye? I always wondered what happened to that guy after the war.



    C'mon now. Tell me Mr. Turin isn't looking rather Alan-Alda-esque here. Thanks for the link to the article, btw. I enjoyed it. thumbup.gif
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    7/24/13 at 6:35pm

    pluran said:



    "This article has been excerpted from a longer interview that will be published on Style.com/Arabia this weekend. "Message in a Bottle," Luca Turin's bimonthly column of perfume reviews for Style.com/Arabia, will launch in August. "

     

    "Perfume is decidedly not about two things: It isn't about memory, and it isn't about sex. Perfume is about beauty and intellect," Luca begins. "A perfume is a message in a bottle—not a smell—and the message is written by the perfumer and read by the person who smells it."

     

    www.style.com/trendsshopping/stylenotes/072413_Luca_Turin/


    Edited by pluran - 7/26/13 at 4:07pm

    7/24/13 at 6:39pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    Well, yes.  The line between art and entertainment is hazy.  But unlike Turin, I am looking for something practical that I can wear often.  Not something that I just spray on a paper, and give it a rating.

     

    I think fragrances as a whole (despite a few missteps) are on the whole on the road to getting better.  I know War and Peace is a respectable acclaimed work, but I'd rather just read a comic book.

    7/24/13 at 10:53pm

    chili_willi said:



    I look forward to his reviews of the aforementioned Tauer and Slumberhouse, just to name a couple.

    7/24/13 at 11:49pm

    mr. reasonable said:



    Thanks for the heads up, pluran.

     

    In some ways I envy LT having had a break and being able to come back after a few years and see what the 'post IFRA' world smells like with an open mind.

     

    It's true that we have witnessed the end of an era but equally as true that despite the ridiculous restrictions imposed on the industry that there are perfumers with the talent to still create excellent work - albeit in new or different genres. Hope springs eternal!

    7/25/13 at 12:18am

    pluran said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    .......despite the ridiculous restrictions imposed on the industry that there are perfumers with the talent to still create excellent work - albeit in new or different genres. Hope springs eternal!

     

    Thanks mr reasonable,

     

    There are some good ones, a few great ones even, but most of what I smell are simple and ridiculously expensive versions of older fragrances. It's hard to create art when your palette is replaced with inferior ingredients. But you're right, there's plenty of talent. It will be interesting to watch perfumers attempt to work with these new molecules. There will definitely be plenty of interesting accords. :-)

     

    From Luca Turin's Twitter page: "Thank you for making it happen ! Look forward to it, esp. since the first reviews include a wonderful ***** fragrance."

    https://twitter.com/lucaturin


    Edited by pluran - 7/25/13 at 2:46am

    7/25/13 at 4:32am

    gido said:



    Thanks Pluran, I'm looking forward to this.
     

    7/25/13 at 4:41am

    Mick_Trick said:



    Indeed, looking forward to the reviews also. Whether I agree with LT or not, great to hear his perspective, and always entertaining to boot.

    7/27/13 at 6:07am

    hednic said:



    Thanks Pluran. Looking forward to this also.

    7/27/13 at 7:48am

    gido said:



    The complete interview is up now,

     

    http://arabia.style.com/2013/07/interview-message-in-a-bottle-luca-turin/

     

    Start at page 2 if you have read the excerpt. There's some good news at the end. :)


    Edited by gido - 7/27/13 at 8:14am

    7/27/13 at 8:44am

    mr. reasonable said:



    Terrific and definitely good news!

    I like the bit about how the book was generally received by Brits vs. Americans (and the French). It rings pretty true, actually.

    7/27/13 at 10:23am

    treeman5823 said:



    "This conversation, which he initiated with the publication of the first perfume guide in 1992, will be continued here, on Style.com/Arabia. These reviews will be featured in his next Perfume Guide, reviewing what is new from 2008-2014, to be released at the end of 2014."

    Nuff said.

    7/27/13 at 2:26pm

    L'Homme Blanc Individuel said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pluran View Post

    "Perfume is decidedly not about two things: It isn't about memory, and it isn't about sex. Perfume is about beauty and intellect," Luca begins.

    www.style.com/trendsshopping/stylenotes/072413_Luca_Turin/

    That's a fantastic quote. I'm a big believer that perfume does not get a guy laid. The whole pantydropper concept is just so dumb. I definitely believe that a perfume that matches your style ("beauty") and your personality (especially in terms of intellect) will get you further than trying to smell sexy ever will.

    I'm glad Luca Turin is back to writing reviews. I realize his reviews are just his opinions and I don't always agree, but I enjoy reading what he has to say.

    7/27/13 at 5:18pm

    pluran said:



    Full interview published today - Message in a Bottle: A Conversation with Perfume Industry Legend, Luca Turin

     

    "......an episode is recounted in which Luca finds himself in Paris in the office of the celebrated perfumer, Françoise Caron, and is asked to give his opinion on a new fragrance she had created for Escada. He smells the vial and muses aloud, “It is like one of those silks that has two colors to it, depending on how the light strikes it.” Bewildered, Caron hands over the brief to him and Luca reads, “We want it to smell like the silks that have two colors in them, depending on the light.”

     

    http://arabia.style.com/2013/07/interview-message-in-a-bottle-luca-turin/


    Edited by pluran - 7/27/13 at 6:03pm

    7/28/13 at 10:56am

    L'Homme Blanc Individuel said:



    Hawkeye? I always wondered what happened to that guy after the war.



    C'mon now. Tell me Mr. Turin isn't looking rather Alan-Alda-esque here. Thanks for the link to the article, btw. I enjoyed it. thumbup.gif





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