Have y’all read Frederic Malle’s saucy recent interview with the Montreal Gazette? After some delightfully bitchy soundbites, including a comparison of modern perfumes to “crippled children”, Malle declares that “since Thierry Mugler’s Angel, created in 1992, the market has not generated one classic.”
Well, that’s one way to get a perfume blogger’s attention!
First, I have to say that I’m genuinely impressed that Malle didn’t follow up that quote with “…except, of course, for my perfume line, available at Frederic Malle boutiques and select Barney’s stores.” That’s totally where I thought he was going with that.
I can definitely understand why Malle would make such a bold (and frankly aggressive) statement. Those modern fruitchouli eau fraiche noir perfumes could drive anyone to hyperbole. I just don’t think he’s right. Not one classic in 20 years?? What about the thrillingly wacky L’Artisan Dzing!, created in 1999? Or the rubbery vanilla of Bvlgari Black, released in 1998? I’m pretty neutral on 2003’s Narciso Rodriguez EDT, but there’s no denying that its juxtaposition of white flowers with Egyptian musk inspired a major trend for musky florals. And don’t even try to tell me that we won’t be calling Ormonde Jayne Ormonde Woman (2002) a classic 20 years from now.
What do you think of Malle’s statement? Do you consider any perfumes from the last two decades to be classics, or did great perfumery really end with Angel?