A disconcertingly bewitching new oriental. An overdose of rare and precious ingredients.
Yves Saint Laurent creates a new source of addiction: Belle d'Opium.
The new addiction by Yves Saint Laurent.A woman full of ambivalence, elusive and obsessive, powerful and troubling, ingenue but dangerous. Her perfume, a disconcertingly bewitching new oriental. An overdose of rare and precious ingredients: the narcotic scent of Casablanca Lily blends with spicy swirling Incense and mysterious overtones of a Nargileh accord.
Her bottle, tinted with electric blue, is crossed by a flamboyant red wick, defining the line that unites it with her skin.
Interview with Mélanie Thierry, a film and theatre actress, who embodies Belle d'Opium.
What does the Yves Saint Laurent brand say to you?
A brand with great modernity, which is constantly renewing and reinventing itself. Today, I think that Stefano Pilati’s conceptual work gives the brand a spiritual, almost religious dimension and architectural, but still with great sensuality.
What does Belle d’Opium represent to you?
Complexity, a game that is both dangerous and sensual. A new Salomé who expresses the purity of youth and violence in her way of getting what she wants. That woman becomes the subject of addiction, she is the new Opium, both antidote and poison.
Your favourite products?
“Touche Eclat” which is always a life-saver and is perfect for last-minute touch-ups. I’m totally addicted to nail lacquer and manicure products. Body oils. And all Yves Saint Laurent products. "
How did you prepare for this role?
"The dance idea involved a lot of work on the body. I did an awful lot of work for this film, I worked at it 4 hours a day for a month until I dropped! But with this dance I learned how to develop a language with my body. Through the choreography created by Akram Khan, I tried to express a power that was both docile and feline, a total let-go, close to bewitchment. Something very subversive, really extreme. I was fascinated by Akram’s ambivalence, his sweet yet dangerous side that takes you beyond your own limits. "