Mark Twain once said that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco, and right now, I know exactly what he was talking about. We’ve had cold foggy weather that has me seeking comfort in a warm woolly coat and my favorite refuge: the perfume counters. As usual, there were plenty of new offerings, but I found two fragrances inspired by great icons of the fashion world that banished the chill from my extremities and put the spring—or rather summer—right back in my step.
Estée Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia
Photo courtesy of Estée Lauder
Released in 2007, Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia was brought to market by Estée Lauder’s granddaughter and head of global advertising, Aerin Lauder. Lauder often speaks glowingly of her grandmother, and in Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, she has done Estée proud.
Listed notes are neroli, lilac, rosewood, tuberose, gardenia, orange flower, jasmine, white lily, carnation, and vanilla bourbon. Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia opens with a burst of tart neroli that soon blends into a smooth, creamy blend of glorious white flowers. The other notes take a back seat to the tuberose and gardenia, although you do get hints of the vanilla throughout. I love tuberose fragrances, both the loud and the ladylike, and Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia falls into the latter category. The fragrance is rich and discreet—the sort of fragrance that prompts handsome men to lean in closer.
Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia comes in two forms, an Eau de Parfum and a Parfum. Thanks to a generous sales associate at Neiman Marcus, I have been sampling the Eau de Parfum. It is simply glorious, but at $300 per bottle, I am going to have to content myself with the samples (or throw myself at the mercy of more sales associates!).
The bottle is heavy and rectangular, with a beaten gold cap on the Eau de Parfum. The cap on the Parfum, inspired by a brooch, is embedded with semi-precious stones and is very 1960s chic. The Parfum also comes in a solid perfume and powder.
Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue by Bond No. 9.
Photo courtesy of Bond No. 9
Due to be released in September 2008, Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue celebrates the time Andy spent living on Lexington Avenue and working as an illustrator of fabulous shoes.
The listed top notes are blue cypress, fennel, cardamom, and roasted almonds. Middle notes are peony, orris (irs root) crème brulee, and pimento berry, with base notes of patchouli and sandalwood.
Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue opens with a woody, fennel smell I wish lasted a little longer. The scent moves fast into the floral and vanilla notes, leaving just a hint of spice and pepper. The drydown is nice, with just a bit of sweet and spice underneath the patchouli, which is present with a light touch.
This fragrance is a departure from what I usually wear, but after wearing it for a few days, it really grew on me. I liked the almost woody, sweet scent of it on my skin, its lasting power (as is the case with most Bond No. 9 fragrances), and loved the compliments it provoked too. It’s definitely worth searching out once it releases, especially as the bottle is just divine—delightful shoe illustrations are scattered over a glossy black background and later in the year, you can buy a limited edition bottle with a wearable sterling pendant with four of Warhol’s shoe designs.
Lexington Avenue will be available in two sizes: Eau de Parfum, 50ml for $135 and 100ml for $195. The limited edition bottle with the sterling shoe pendant will retail for $575. (Luxury comes with a price!) Available in September 2008 at Bond. No. 9 and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
Parting Note: “Perfume puts the finishing touch to elegance—a detail that subtly underscores the look, an invisible extra that completes a woman’s personality. Without it, there is something missing.”—Gianni Versace
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