When I was 16 I owned one bottle of fragrance. I loved that fragrance, using it sparingly to ensure it lasted as long as possible, but spritzing it all over myself in a fine mist that probably left men choking in my wake. I adored the feminine bottle, the slightly sexy and musty base notes, the way it made me feel like a grown up. That fragrance will forever bring back memories of Gucci-inspired black skirts, platformed soles, curly up-dos and an endless supply of Bacardi Breezers. That fragrance is Jean Paul Gaultier Classique and it’s currently celebrating its 20th year adorning beauty counters. To recognise this rarely achieved status, Jean Paul Gaultier has designed a special edition bottle which he’s named ‘Belle en Corset’, epitomising all the codes from the JPG house. He’s even re-designed the iconic tin can casing to give it a pale pink finish, making this a truly collectable treasure. Over the years there have been 20 different designs of the bottle, re-invented for special occasions and celebrations, which are all showcased in a mini gallery below. Classique provided me with many years of happiness, so I can only hope this inspires the next generation of perfume enthusiasts to go French and keep this on counter for another 20 years.
Available exclusively in Harrods this April for £71.00, available nationwide 6th May.