I was away for the weekend, otherwise I would have written about it on Saturday ASAP. 🙂
It was great fun and I was a bit surprised to find myself nodding to many things Mr. Roucel discussed. I somehow thought perfumers were more than just real human beings one could have a fun conversation with.
It was supposed to be a talk on the subject of Noir perfumes but the discussion spontaneously moved on in another direction and we got to hear Mr. Roucel give his opinion on many subjects.
He makes a lot of sense and sounds very down-to-earth and realistic in his thoughts on many different perfume subjects.
Some of the things he mentioned:
“Oud is fantastique!” – as he went on to explain it has so many different facets and is therefore a good material to work with.
“Perfume is about smelling good” – and not about sex (on the subject of how fashion perceives perfumes these days).
And he loves Suskind’s Parfum – thinks of it as a work of art actually, which makes me ashamed to admit I haven’t read it yet.
Anyway, I would say Mr. Roucel has a new fan club in Zagreb now (as evidenced below):
And before you all go thinking I had a chat with Maurice, it was just two sentences in which he asked what I was wearing, to which I happily replied L de Lolita Lempicka. 🙂 My little perfume company all wore Mr. Roucel’s creations in honour of his talk.
P.S. I made a video with my phone, some 20 minutes of the talk . I’m trying to make it available on request (it’s still in the process), I will not be posting it publicly though.
Tagged: Maurice Roucel, perfume, perfume event, Zagreb
Ines, I’m glad you had so much fun and got to meet M. Roucel in an upclose way, even if you didn’t have a long chat with him. And you got your picture taken with him – very cool! Btw, you look lovely, even with the chandelier in the way in that middle photo.
If you figure out how to make your video available, I’d love to be on the list to see it. 🙂
Suzanne, I’ll do my best to make video available to everyone who wants to see it. 🙂
I certainly hope I get another chance to talk to him. Properly. 🙂
Sounds like a great evening! So interesting!
And you MUST read Süßkind’s Perfume ASAP!!!!!
It was! 🙂
And I will! 😉
This looks like a very fun and intimate gathering! M Roucel has always come across as quite approachable – wasn’t it he who famously tango-ed with Michelyn Camen?
And I second B’s comment about reading Perfume. Hey, I read it and saw the film before I was even *into* perfume! 😉
Well, I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he did. 🙂 He seems to enjoy life to the fullest.
Ok, I’m reading Perfume as soon as I finish the series I’m reading now.
So nice to hear that a perfumer who has created many perfumes I like so much is also a nice person. Thanks for sharing!
My pleasure. 🙂
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