Sure, here in Southern California we have beautiful weather nearly year round, but we do still get our fair share of chilly weather that brings leaves falling down and animals into hibernation. Thus an incredible change occurs when Spring arrives. The plants begin to bloom, the birds begin to chirp, and our days are brighter for a few hours longer, equaling a new birth of color and creativity that I personally yearn for after a long and dark Winter.
Some of my favorite colors emerge in the Spring season, colors that represent an innate femininity. Shades of pale pinks, purples, and yellows remind us of the rebirth of nature, while shades of green, blue, and grey harken to the fresh Spring rains that bring us multitudes of flowers and greenery in the coming months.
One of my absolute favorite perfumes is the aptly named "Un Jardin Après La Mousson" from the French line Hermès. The name literally translates to "A Garden After the Monsoon", and this perfume definitely lives up to its name. There are marvelous hints of ginger, pepper, cardamon, and vetiver, for a strong but fresh scent that will forever remind me of the Spring walks I used to take through the Jardins du Luxembourg when I lived in Paris. It's one of those fabulous scents that quickly transports me into a memory, like a delicious Madeleine cookie dipped into a cup of cafe au lait. There really is nothing quite like stepping into a park or garden after a Spring rain, the flowers glowing in vibrant shades of purples, fuchsias, yellows, and blues, the grass fresh and buoyant, and it is a wonderful comfort to be transported back into this memory whenever I put on a spritz.
Much of my inspiration for my Spring collection comes from this essence, from the idea of rebirth and regrowth, a natural catharsis of nature created from a heavy downpour. As with each of my designs, I hope that in wearing this collection, each piece will help you to create a special memory of your own!
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