Manifesto L'eclat Perfume by Yves Saint Laurent, Manifesto L'eclat was released in 2014 alongside perfumers Anne Flipo and Loc Dong. This frangrance’s rich, creamy accords make it a fan favorite. Top notes of bergamot, green tea, black currant, and neroli create a smooth entry into the floral-fruity heart notes of orange blossom, rose, jasmine, and freesia. Creamy base notes of tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, and cashmere notes finish off this sultry fragrance with a touch of elegance and spontaneity.
The fashion design house of Yves Saint Laurent was founded by Laurent himself in 1961. He first began his career in high fashion at the tender age of 17, when he started working as an assistant to renowned fashion icon Christian Dior. He continued working for Dior until Dior’s death in 1957. In 1964 Laurent’s fashion house launched its first fragrance, Y for Women, which paved the way for the fashion house to design a succession of successful fragrances over the next several decades.
In 1962, the first of many Yves Saint Laurent perfumes was introduced to the public. Over the years, Yves Saint Laurent fragrances have continued to offer the same luxury and elegance featured in his clothing selections. He continued to be a trendsetter in 1971 when he created a Yves Saint Laurent cologne for him, titled simply Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme, the first of many successful scents for both men and women.
In January 2002, the 65-year-old designer announced his retirement, but despite his departure from the fashion world, the Yves Saint Laurent perfumes have continued to increase in popularity, with the company he founded still releasing popular fragrances to this day. Some men and women are simply drawn to these timeless scents, while others can't help but appreciate a designer who stood out from the rest, always looking for ways to push the envelope.
Women's Liberation and Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent had a penchant for fashion design from a young age, when he began designing clothing for his sister's dolls at the age of seven. Saint Laurent's talent was so strong that as an 18-year-old college student, he won first and third prizes in the International Wool Design competition. This victory earned him a position with the House of Dior, which paved the way for the opening of his very own fashion house in 1962.
Saint Laurent was an active participant in the women's liberation movement and designed clothes that would suit a woman no matter which role she was trying to fulfill: a wife, a mother, or a career woman. These clothes were meant to be functional, sexy, feminine, and fashionable, with a slight masculine twist. Saint Laurent was inspired by the independent women of the liberation movement, and his fashion shows featured women wearing heels with trousers and trench coats over their evening wear.