Intermission: Midnight in Paris by Van Clef and Arpels
My fantasy right now would be to take a midnight flight to Paris, good for whatever ails you, cure for any unease of the soul. Instead I get out photos of a trip that was gifted to me six years ago, and a bottle of the perfume, gifted to me just a week ago, by a kind and generous basenoter. (of which there are a surprising number).I would stay here, at the Hotel Duo, for their impeccable linens, tres chic atmosphere and perfect location in the Marais district. I would plop down my bags, put on my converse sneakers and head out towards Notre Dame, watch the people who gather there after dark, playing music, milling about, and wander over behind the cathedral and imagine I could smell whiffs of incense escaping beneath the door jam, mingling with other universally urban smells like blond tobacco, liquor and urine. I would tap my foot on point zero and make a wish. In the morning I would stroll about and pass this lady on my way for a cafe au lait and good crossiant for breakfast. As for the perfume, Midnight in Paris, by Van Clef and Arpels, it came to me by post and cheered me at the perfect moment in time. At first glance, the bottle is a round gorgeous beauty, like a reflecting ball or those rock crystal pools of light that you might see in an old Victorian locket. On it’s belly are constellations which I imagine could be what I would see looking up at the sky from Paris in the middle of a clear night.
Katie Puckrick gives a wonderful review of this fragrance and I was gratified to see that she mentions Bulgari Black as being similar to Midnight in Paris. I agree. I also was reminded of Lolita Lempicka. Notes include tea, leather and vanilla, with a lemony topnote. It also leaves me with the impression of almond or marzipan. Altogether a lovely, smooth and unisex fragrance. Warm, soothing and elegant. My son, who gives a consistent thumbs up to classic perfumes in my collection, immediately asked if he could have this one for himself.
As for me, on my midnight trip to Paris I will definitely be wearing a Guerlain.