Category: Robert Gonnon

digging (into) vintage: Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs, 1978

Photo, Susan Meiselas.  Hanging out on Baxter Street, 1978.  From The Prince Street Girls | New York (1976-2011) Perfumers Roger Pellegrino, Robert Gonnon, Paul Leger and Raymond Chaillon Cacharel Anaïs Anaïs is an unsurpassed example of top-down design in corporate perfumery. Employing marketing strategies intended to launch products into the advertising pantheon of ‘Household Name’ commodities such as Coca-Cola and…

Lancome Sikkim (La Collection), 2005

Perfumer of 2005 version unknown Sikkim reminds me of the expression, “to fly off the handle.” Sikkim’s escalation is so quick that it doesn’t even seem like progression, just the flip from something calm to something disturbed. The first sniff sends you reeling. Sikkim is fast, rough and, I don’t know. I guess abundant. It’s everything at once. It’s a…

digging (into) vintage: Paco Rabanne Metal, 1979

Perfumer Robert Gonnon For all the specific floral notes I can make out in Metal (lily of the valley, hyacinth, narcissus?) it doesn’t read as floral. Even with the connections to other green florals (Guerlain Chamade, de Nicolai le Temps d’une Fete) and aldehydic florals (its sibling Paco Rabanne Calandre), Metal stands in its own category. The only other scents truly akin to it…