Thierry Mugler Angel, 1992

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Perfumers Olivier Cresp and Yves de Chiris

People are very attuned to the different tones of laughter. Laughter signals unguarded interaction in a group. It’s the sound of safety, the signal that it’s OK to lower your defenses. Usually, that is.

Angel is that irrational, inappropriate laugh of someone at a cocktail party that makes everyone unconsciously take a nervous step back. It’s the laugh of someone who breaks unspoken social form because she’s unbalanced in a way that sort of scares you. It doesn’t relax inhibitions and bring a group together. It raises hackles and all the pre-arranged ‘time to leave’ cues start passing back and forth between couples.

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