La proie pour l'ombre, an improbable, paradoxal [sic] and elegant perfume in Serge Lutens' Gratte-ciel collection. Serge Lutens reflects on the well-known French expression La Proie pour l’ombre, to create a fable on those torn apart by impossible choices. Plagued by a lack of resolution, they take refuge in a world of illusions, a hall of mirrors where they chase after shadows rather than substance. Tender vanilla or carnal leather, you can't trade one for the other! Like two sides of a coin, they are diametrically opposed, yet their fates are irrevocably entwined.
"Oh Prophet, within you, you bear his cross, a blood other than yours runs through your veins! Cursed by this duality within me that has doomed me to chase after shadows rather than substance. The tender caress of vanilla and the cracking whiplash of leather, combined in a single emotion, to reflect the ambiguity evoked by the two sides of the same fable. Serge Lutens"
Serge Lutens La Proie Pour L'Ombre is £260 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum.