Two types of women from the Twenties mingle in the same space without ever really meeting: One is?la maitresse de ces messieurs??, a mistress in the tradition of the Second Empire and the?garçonne??, a term for the emancipated woman, whose look may have been androgynous at times, but who Rouge Assassin pays tribute to those fearless, unstoppable women who upended the established order and broke all the rules. While the garçonne look is sometimes considered masculine, femininity is what came through in the way women wore their hair and makeup, in their attitudes, their hunger for freedom and the insatiable desire to love without regard for social codes and conventions. She was the first in the history of women’s fashion to reveal her legs. Soon, brassieres would replace corsets. Thick stockings vanished in favor of silk ones worn rolled over a garter above the knee. It was at this time that the first lipsticks appeared.
The scent opens with the mysterious quality of both women’s scents intermingling – sweet cigar smoke swirls and twirls in the dim light until it collides with a seductive cloud of powder. Everything is in silhouette as the scent draws you in to explore its development – the lipstick iris and saturated rose notes give way to a plush cushion of ambrette, vanilla, and benzoin. The cedar note lends a kick of smoke that evokes a bewitching image – a pair of glossy red lips smoking a clove cigarette.
Thanks to the collaboration of perfumer Amélie Bourgeois, Rouge Assassin is an homage to femininity that blends lipstick notes (iris butter), with the scent of skin (rice bran, musk, powdery floral accords) and echoes of Parisian cabarets. Men who wear it are either incurable risk-takers or they are Machiavellian schemers.