Friday, August 15, 2014

Opening Night by Lucien Lelong c1935

Opening Night by Lucien Lelong: launched in 1935.

This is the fragrance 'Orage'. Re-branded for the English market; branded in France as 'La Première'.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was a sparkling aldehydic floral oriental fragrance for women with a chypre base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, Sicilian mandarin, Calabrian bergamot
  • Middle notes: Parma violet, sage, freesia, Florentine iris, Grasse jasmine, hydrangea
  • Base notes: orris, Tonkin musk, Atlas cedar, Haitian vetiver, Indonesian patchouli, Mysore sandalwood, Yugoslavian oakmoss, ambergris, Mexican vanilla


The perfume was housed in clear glass step pyramid bottles designed by Philippe Hiolle, available in six sizes:
  • 2.24" - 5,7 cm tall
  • 2.87" - 7,3 cm tall
  • 3.22" - 8,2 cm tall
  • 3.74' - 9,5 cm tall
  • 4.5" - 11,5 cm tall
  • 6.18" - 15,7 cm tall

Opening Night was also housed in less expensive bottles over the years.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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