The flacon of Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is instantly recognizable in its exceptional, both literalist and glorified borrowing of the shape of a Japanese Inro case. Over the years it has undergone a number of redesigns for limited-editions like a black lacquer version here or a simplified graffiti look here.
In the fall of 2009, the eau de parfum is bottled in a 90 ml semi-transparent, semi-opaque all-glass flacon that is very eye-catching. Not only that, but when you hold up the bottle to the light to admire it in detail, you have to gasp a little more when you see that the inside of the flacon contains a tautly twisted black rope in its center. Then it becomes hard to take your eyes away from the unexpected meeting of gold liquid, coiled black silk or silk-look alike and frosted glass in cinnabar red. It looks much better in person than in the picture.
It is a beauty and one of the most luxurious variations to date.