JACQUI AND RIMINI
W E D N E S D A Y, 2 0 S E P T
Got to school in an utter flap because I was rather late.
Anya heard the interview too, and felt pretty swoonish about it. She gave me a fab paper flower from Originale for my birthday, and... a mauve felt tip just like the one Polnareff used for the autographs!!! I'm writing with it now. The Polnareff rag doll... well, it's staggering. Even without the face. The hair alone - I couldn't imagine it could be done so beautifully. It's quite perfect.
Lucy brought in the Vetiver today – his favourite scent. We put it on our hankies and got whiffs all day. It’s such a difficult smell to describe - it's a bit like gin, but more powdery-ish. In a way, it's refreshing.
Began on Byron in English, did two verses in great detail. In French were given the poem for the verse-speaking competition.
Had German Conversation and Jacqui sickened me; you can’t mention a thing without boys being brought in. Fraulein Titz asked Elsbeth, Lucy and me to ask her questions about her holiday in Rimini and this is what she said:
“Oh dear, ask me about anything – but don’t ask me about booze or sex.”
I started on Pol’s face the second I got home. I’ve done the eyes, nose and chin but honestly the mouth is impossible. I stayed up till quarter to 12 trying to make the mouth, and just got more and more miserable.
In love with the aroma of his grandfather’s Sous le Vent created in 1934, Jean-Paul Guerlain, Guerlain’s new nose in 1959, chose as his theme “the smell of the gardener” - Gitanes and grass. And so his eau de cologne for men was launched.
This is Guerlain's extraordinary description.
"The way mandarin, coriander, nutmeg and wood played upon the stout, licorice-smoky vetiver grass root like a hoarse, dry cello was very unique, deeply satisfying and at the perfect point between sophistication and virility. Jean-Paul Guerlain wanted the beginning of the fragrance, slightly aldehydic, to resemble the cool, hazy freshness of foggy countryside mornings; he came so close it gave you goosebumps."