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Annick Menardo signs Yves Saint Laurent Beauté's new Lavallière fragrance

A new addition to Yves Saint Laurent Beauté's exclusive Le Vestiaire des Parfums collection, Lavallière is a remarkably sophisticated creation inspired by the famous floating, supple bow of the same name. A signature accessory of Yves Saint Laurent's wardrobe, borrowed from the bohemian wardrobe, the designer plays with the fluidity of gender. Blurring the boundaries between masculinity and femininity, this fragrance by Annick Menardo is a tribute that inspires a most androgynous look.

Lavallière's fruity, floral, green and woody facets are woven together like multicolored disks in a joyful ribbon, harmoniously blending masculinity and femininity. Sparkling, green, biting blackcurrant buds mingle with a luscious fig accord at the top. Rich and creamy like the juicy, purple flesh of the fruit, it is accentuated by the sweetness of Indian sambac jasmine. Its floral heart reveals its mixed nature. The rose brings to life a blend of rose essence and rose water, giving it a fresh, natural, vegetal note.

In order for this floral symbol of femininity to convey the androgynous panache of Yves Saint Laurent's iconic piece, Annick Menardo combined two typically masculine ingredients: Madagascar geranium, a green aromatic with notes of rose, mint and lychee, and Haitian vetiver with accents of grapefruit, smoked wood and flint.

Olfactory family : green fruity floral

Olfactory pyramid

Head Blackcurrant bud, fig accord, Madagascar mandarin,

Heart : geranium of Madagascar, rose, jasmine sambac,

Background : Haitian vetiver, cashmeran, musks.

As Yves Saint Laurent did with fashion, I wanted to revisit an iconic signature of haute parfumerie through the creation of Lavallière: the rose-cassis accord. I imagined a precious rose supported by a smooth, comfortable woody note. I paired it with juicy blackcurrant, which I modernized with crunchy green fig. "

Annick Menardo, Master Perfumer

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