There are days when I just want to nestle back to a place of vulnerability, surrender and total femininity...mind you I am not equating being vulnerable or yielding to being feminine, those are simply three separate states I assume for a brief period of time to disconnect with the surroundings. They are moments where I become unassuming, basking in the comfort of surreal ignorance, and indulging in my thoughts...no matter how bizarre and it somehow seems to help with my creative processes and overall way of life....
Bergamot, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom, New Caledonia, Sandalwood and Musk
Grand Bal was created by master perfumer extraordinaire François Demachy, who has authored some of the most commercially successful and iconic scents through the years, from Fendi Furiosa and Fan di Fendi to Givenchy Dahlia Noir to Dior's most beloved scents - Dior Homme and Homme Intense, Hypnotic Poison, Fahrenheit, J'adore to La Collection Privée...these are only a few from his infinitely awe-inspiring portfolio of truly timeless creations.
Demachy's fragrances are always an embodiment of a rich medley of high-quality ingredients and creativity, thats evocative and imaginative. Every creation he signs allows the wearer to embrace it, relate to it and love it for a long period of time.
For me Grand Bal is not only a beautiful luminous floral scent, which is centred around flowers such as jasmine and orange blossom that radiate with aromatic purity, it is also a scent that creates a specific association....
I imagine a great Ball, grandeur and opulence at every step, tiny cinched waists, and the delicate sway of the hips, to haunting tunes that fill the room in this magnificent soirée....
But what I imagine even more vividly is that return home, when a sense of quiet and calm takes over as the night draws to an end. And as she begins to remove the riches adorning her person, a sense of relief sinks in while freeing herself from the clutches of unforgiving corsets and high heels and societal expectations. Her body loosens up as she rids herself of the silk gown and the gloves and he pretence...She experiences the sense of being 'one' with self, and gently embraces vulnerability, while ignoring all external sights and sounds, as only the picture of how enchanting she was tonight plays in her head....and as she slips into a blissful siesta, a subtle smile passes through her lips....
Grand Bal is a comforting yet radiant scent that is just like that 'return home'. It lets me escape to a safe place, and by that I do not mean that the scent is safe in terms of its profile. I love its wonderfully simple feminine approach and the fact that it taps into those sacred cherished emotions nestled in the confines of one's mind.
I am a patron of all things fine
Perfumes, jewels, and also wine
If it teases my nostrils and tickles my taste buds
It has got be mine
An experience I hold close,
Robust full-bodied in its full dose
If it embodies a sunlit citrusy note,
You know its the one from that lovely Pinot
And if its sweet and sparkling
It's got to be my fav Riesling
Dark cherry laced tongues and ruby stained lips,
could only be a result of repeated Cabernet sips
The real magic comes to play
When the sommelier brings out that glorious Chardonnay
and the room fills with the decadent aroma of burnt crème brullée....
Above images and poem shot, styled and written by Avantika Bedi
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