Serge Lutens: Bas De Soie (Christopher Sheldrake) 2010
“Like ghosts the children walked across the lawn on their bare feet. The moon was full. Above the damp grass hung a veil of mist, luminous with moonlight and spangled with fireflies. There was no wind, and the sound of the brook was very distinct, tinkling, splashing, running softly. It made me think of an ancient fountain, shaped like a shell, covered with moss, and set in a secluded garden. Something I half remembered, or imagined.” -Elizabeth Enright
I love Bas De Soie for a warm summer’s eve, it wraps you in moonlight and makes you feel at peace with the world. Regardless of recent rumors that Bas De Soie (meaning silk stockings and originally reviewed on cafleurebon here) is one of the many SL’s that will be discontinued, it is actually being shuffled into another collection, and is still currently available online. Despite being reformulated who-knows-how-many-times, it remains a great choice for warm weather.
Bas De Soie; which is more like a silk shawl than silk stockings, flies under the radar in the canon of Lutens creations, and that’s a shame really. It’s a curious, heady, and ghostly mix of iris and hyacinth, shot thru with the green of galbanum and powdery from the musk. Definitely unisex, it wears sheer and light as a silk kimono, perfect for temperate evenings in the garden or on the town, and despite the perceived “lightness”, it lasts a good long time. It feels quintessentially French and both modern and classic, almost as if Chanel 19 had a venerated Tante or Oncle, waiting out their days with scandalous memories to keep them company in the family Maison at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne. It took me a bit to warm up to Bas De Soie but now I cannot imagine being without it, iris lover that I am.
Notes: Galbanum, Hyacinth, Iris, Spicy Notes, Musk