Before I forget – the Diaghilev winner (courtesy of Pickle and random.org) is LindaB. Drop me your deets and I’ll send off your sample as soon as I get my little scrab – should be any day!
okay – on to the story –
55 gallon barrel: 1
Ow. Last fall I wrestled a full rain barrel and lost. Occasionally the old spasm rebounds to remind me that Barrel is Quing! I wonder why it always happens at 5am, when you desperately have to pee. And that 10 second walk to the bathroom is 10 minutes while you crab, backwards, on your turned-in toes, fingers desperately seeking any purchase to help relieve the shocking pain…holding it… screeching like a third-grade girl…holding it…panting..holding it…and you make it!
And the lid is down.
Bedridden for 3 days, hopped-up on Vitamin V, I spritzed old Coty perfumes and watched a lot of funky TV because that’s what you do when you’re zonked on painkillers, right? TV can be very heartening, especially for those of us who are struggling to reinvent ourselves in our careers, personal lives or whatever… I have taken porky William Shatner as my personal motivation – from the ancellation of Star Trek to the downalator of ‘Big Bad Mama’ (hey! I was illin’) only to rebound to cult-love status via ‘Boston Legal’ (and, dare I say it, the Priceline Negotiator? Bill is laughing ALL the way to the bank!) – and the zoomerang of John Travolta: remember Perfect? Of course you don’t. –from teen star to nobody and back again – platinum ever since!
So…Bill and John did it. How come Coty can’t do it? Roja Dove’s Diaghilev, with its respectful nod to Coty Chypre broke my heart.… Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy as a clam that Roja did it. But it begs the question: what happened to this once-illustrious house (Chypre! La Rose J! Paris!) that caused it to settle for pursue so many resolutely awful scents? From its chilly-corporate website to a fragrance ‘brand’ list that makes me itch, the whole thing whimpers ‘mediocre’. Every time I go into a drugstore I’m amazed that M. Francois hasn’t oozed out of his grave and scythed the entire Coty board into terrified puddles of bloody bits. IIFRA and whales and cat-butts aside, even with legal and ethical considerations other venerable houses have managed to keep their connection to what made them great. Diorella doesn’t suck, I swear! So. Is there a gas leak at Two Park Ave that caused L’Origan to end up at Walgreens, a battered, miserable shell, while L’Heure Bleue wields the Mace of Majesty? I would mention Emeraude…except I will start crying.
I think I’ve shrieked about this before. But I’m shrieking again – and it’s Dior’s fault. Yeah. See, I have now tried all the scents in La Collection. I’m not ecstacized (yeah, new word: Ecstacized!)…but I am in alt that they took a determined look to what made the House of Dior as their inspiration for this collection. Chanel thrilled us with Les Exclusifs, with the historical references to Chanel’s life and her perfumer’s inspirations. Guerlain, Caron have held on to their jewels, even as they’ve had to tweak them for changing laws and customer tastes..…why does the list not include Coty? Surely no ‘customer’ would deliberately buy the Emeraude you see, come Christmastime, in their tacky little cello boxes…(sniff. I promised I wouldn’t cry)
I can’t be the only one beating this drum in the wilderness. Coty spawned some of the greatest perfumes in history. Wouldn’t it be great to see some of them back – and not at the drugstore, dangit! PROPER reintroductions, with decent packaging and some history to back it up.
What say you? If you could have one (or more) Cotys resurrected (as much as anything could be), which ones? Or am I dreaming and should I wake up and shut up. And if you don’t care about Coty and you still wanna play, what star/celebrity has done the best reinvention, in your opinion?