I would say "no worries". A few weeks missing from a schedule isn't even a blip in the sketchy world of the fragrance industry, much less the even sketchier world of fragrance criticism.
Don't worry about industry pressure. Our little echo chamber only has meaning to a tiny corner of the fragrance world - the people who obsess over fragrance and call it art. Polo Red moves forward in larger-than life displays on Black Friday weekend, and not a peep that it was rejected from WHAT? WHAT THE HELL IS BASENOTES? The people on Style Arabia aren't worried about La Vie Est Belle. It's basically a straw woman in that market - even if it did matter.
Note that Creed has been going huge, despite Luca's continuous rejection of the house backstory, and general refusal to grant any of their offerings 5-star status.
Frankly, Luca has been helping retain a modicum of free thought in this increasingly air-bagged, hypoallergenic, and politically correct world. In such a world - one that continuously encroaches on Arabia's right to have a traditional society - I would think that keeping Luca on Style's payroll would be at the top of the list of royal family conspiracies!