On the hunt for a scent that I could wear for glamorous occasions, I hit upon Les Exclusifs de Chanel Misia (£115) created by Olivier Polge, son of the legendary perfumer Jacques Polge.
This is an exquisite, feminine fragrance from Chanel. When you are following in the footsteps of the man who has been the “composer of fragrances” since 1978 your debut has to be something extraordinary.
With successes under his belt such as Viktor & Rolf ‘s Flowerbomb you know that Misia is going to be special. My expectations were fulfilled..
Misia, a powerful figure in the world of arts, was the close friend and confidante of Gabrielle Chanel. It was Misia who introduced her to Serge Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballets Russes. Gabrielle Chanel was so impassioned with them that she became the discreet patron.
Sweet and soft with hints of lipstick and a smattering of rose, violet and powder, the scent is meant to bring to life the atmosphere of the Ballets Ruses and the make-up of the era. On the skin, this morphs into a gorgeous, sophisticated feminine fragrance.
By Daralyn Danns