Christian Dior’s Privee Collection Gris Montaigne reviewed

by Katie on April 22, 2013

The signature house style and pale grey of Dior was highlighted throughout the Dior exhibition shown at Harrods recently. Dior chose to mark the Harrods takeover by simultaneously launching the latest offer to their stable of premium Privee Collection of perfumes – Gris Montaigne

Hailing its cue from a previously released nail polish of the same title, this newbie is a pinky, pearl grey tinged, hope filled scent that breathes light and Dior’s all knowing youthful sophistication in a new guise. Just as Raf recently transformed the look and feel of the Dior house style with his modus operandi of ‘freedom’, blending nods to traditional Dior, merged with a new ‘new look’ that blends art and demi-couture with a newer, simpler, less egotistic stance, perfumer Francois Demachy has worked on this fresher, lighter, newer chypre to appease a new audience of Dior followers as well as the vanguard of old faithfuls.
Gris Montaigne strikes as being light filled and demi-youthful. Chic yet cheekier. Pretty it is but with also enough poise to know its p’s and q’s in good company. This is ready-to-wear for Spring, like Raf’s asymmetric lines, shorter than short ‘New Look’ and floral printed ballgown skirts. Gris Montaigne is sparkling and, if not bubbling, manages a smooth ride – less Prosecco like and more of a perfectly chilled, light, musky, amber filled Chablis. Much more refined and way less showy.
Demachy’s blend of bergamot, rose, Jasmine Sambac, patchouli, amber, cedar, sandalwood and oakmoss ensures a grounded feel for this fast running brook of watery hedonism. Bursts of floral and citrus try to escape the heady base of patchouli and moss and it is this conflict of interests that make this light chypre interesting. 

Gris Monaigne takes a little time to get used to but is all the more delightful for it. Like most things. Change never comes easily. Like Raf after Galliano, this is a new breed of Privee Collection for a new lighter mood.

Gris Montaigne is available in 125ml, 250ml and 450 ml bottle sizes and on counter in Selfridges and Harrods.

Catwalk images from Dior’s S/S’13 collection by courtesy of

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