The corset returns: Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EdP

Posted by Lipglossiping On July - 24 - 2014

In 1993, I turned 12. I was in my second year of secondary school and fully in love with Evan Dando. Prince changed his name to something unpronounceable, Myst was released on MAC OS, and Teletext launched on ITV & C4.

Aside from all that excitement, 1993 was also the year that Jean Paul Gaultier released his eponymous Classique fragrance… an iconic scent in an even-more-iconic bottle.

Roll forward 21-years and Prince is still rocking-out venues worldwide. Teletext, however, has since been banished to the sands of time (who else misses Bamboozle?). It seems the secret of longevity, may be reinvention… Prince knows it and you can be sure that Jean Paul Gaultier knows it too, which is why this Summer marks the launch of Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense.

JPG Classique EDP Intense (2)

JPG Classique EDP Intense

Francis Kurkdjian is the nose behind this (re)creation, and with a belief that the original should be more than simply honoured, the perfumer has remained faithful to its precursor with an indisputable air of femininity, overwhelming sense of decadence, and signature sensuality. Infact, it is said that the new Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense musters 40% completely original composition. The remaining 60% injects the flanker with a little of Kurkdjian’s magic touch.

The new Intense version features an opening of tiare and jasmine, inciting a sultry explosion that leads you lustfully into a tender heart of orange blossom and rose. The unmistakable vanilla base is accentuated by the ever-present patchouli that encases the creation in a rich, sweet earthiness that penetrates throughout.

In our current heatwave, it’s an overwhelming(ly good) homage to something that might just provoke a steamy night of passion. Far too voluptuous (both the scent and the bottle) to earmark itself as a “summer” fragrance, it’s a distinct v-sign to convention. And let’s be honest, would you expect anything less from either its creator or custodian?

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EdP is available now from Boots, Debenhams, and other department stores. Priced at £60/80 for 50ml and £80/109 for 100ml

* press sample

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Jean Paul Gaultier’s NAUGHTY Christmas Advent Calendar

Posted by Lipglossiping On November - 28 - 2012

If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a Selfridges Advent Calendar this year, dry your eyes and console yourselves with one of those horrible Poundland chocolate ones that bend in half when you blow on them.  And once you’ve done that, come back here because I think I’ve found a digital one that will put a smile on your face.

Jean Paul Gaultier's NAUGHTY Christmas Advent Calendar

Jean Paul Gaultier is working some of his Eurotrash magic when it comes to Christmas this year, an alternative universe in which only the naughtiest of “children” will get the goodies!  The mischievous designer’s website is hosting a different take on the traditional advent calendar, where each day, you may open ANY three doors pockets you wish in a bid to win some fabulous Gaultier gifts.  There’s no following the rules here!

From plucking chickens, to spritzing reindeers… from eating logs to shaking the living daylights out of a poor elf, it makes for a wonderful timewaster with some lovely animations that left a smile on my face.

Play Jean Paul Gaultier’s Naughty Christmas Advent Calendar online at www.jeanpaulgaultier.com from now until the end of December.

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