Oh L’Air du Temps, how you take me back. You were my first bottle of grown-up perfume and your flacon with intertwining doves designed by Lalique for the 1948 Nina Ricci launch, is probably the second most recognizable perfume bottle in the world after le monstre, Chanel No 5.
It’s not a perfume I would wear now –although I’ve heard the original formulation is fantastic– but it IS a classic, sophisticated choice for the young lady who is just beginning to explore the world of scent.
Interestingly, Olivier Theyskens –the edgy and brilliant designer at Nina Ricci– honored the history of the house by referencing l’Air du Temps‘ iconic status in his Fall/Winter 2007 ballgowns. A teensy bit literal with the gold one, but charming and gorgeous none the less.