++++ (4 stars)
“Tom of Finland”
Etat Libre d’Orange
For the avant garde and frequently bewildering house of Etat Libre d’Orange – a label known for obliterating boundaries and honoring art for art’s sake – creating a perfume inspired by the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen’s gay male pornographic drawings seems like a natural choice.
Indeed, it is practically mandatory. Founded by the olfactory gallerist Etienne de Swardt, Etat bears the motto “Le parfum est mort, vive le parfum!” – promising the death of perfume as we know it, and the arrival of something new. Etat has delivered on this promise: consistently, startlingly, salaciously, delightfully, disgustingly, brilliantly…more