“Guys, forget flowers – that is too mainstream. Give her Opium and once the addiction to you sets in, finish the job with Poison.”
The naive, nerdy me back then – I thought that was the heartless intent !
When Yves-St Laurent launched Opium in 1977, it sparked a huge uproar by the mainland Chinese (the name had ignominious connotation to their defeat in the Opium Wars of the 19th century) – nevertheless it created many more casualties without firing a single shot. And probably demolished the bank accounts of many a love-struck guy, as the latter-day folks believe in making love and not war.
“Love is a Money-Expended Thing”, haiz.
Not to be outdone, Christian Dior responded with Poison in 1985, to finish off those whom YSL had missed out. It has been 42 and 34 years (as of 2019), respectively, since these chemical weapons of love appeared.