Cosmetic News is now relaying the news regarding the verdict given on the Guerlain Insolence case last Friday October 20 2006: "French beauty brand Guerlain (LVMH) has been ordered by a Paris court to cease selling its latest fragrance, Insolence, in its current bottle. Judge Claude Vallet, who deals with urgent cases at Paris's Court of First Instance, found that the packaging by Serge Mansau, composed of three half-spheres atop each other, was too similar to a design registered by Jean-Claude Cardiet of Paris firm Cardiet Design....
This decision comes in the midst of a vast brand communication campaign initiated by Guerlain with the recent introduction of Insolence. The house is attempting to capture a younger segment of the market and to overcome its typification as a classic bourgeois (hope this does not sound too Marxist, not my intention) perfume house.
The controversy was perhaps not contained in the jus itself which many people, including The Scented Salamander, thought was not very insolent. The packaging ironically is now revealing the full impact of the perfume it seems.