Perfumer & Flavorist, November 1977 (page 36)
30 years after this text has been published we see the results almost everywhere. Guerlain used to be a creator of good perfumes that inspired others. Now Guerlain is the perfect illustration that no creator lives in that "house". From Champs Elysées to La Petite Robe Noire and almost all the range of Aqua Allegoria this reflect the contradiction of our times - big money doesn't support creation if there is no vision (see the first years of Serge Lutens Palais Royal). The scale of a creative brand is usually measured by its adverse effect - how many perfumes you inspire. Chamade, a great perfume, is still sold by Hermès under a different name and with a small modification. It was made about 20 years after Guerlain.
Quoting the book "How luxury lost its lust" a similar book title on the rise and fall of Guerlain would be "How Guerlain lost its nose".
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