Scent of A Stylish Woman
Summer is not usually a time for new fragrance discovery. It’s just too damn hot, to be frank. But now that breezy days are becoming a more regular occurrence, we feel ready to start thinking about our Fall fragrance repertoire, and it looks to be particularly fashionable this season. Designers from all of the style capitals are releasing new signature scents and with fashion week right around the corner, we thought we’d devote a round of sniff tests to rag trade regulars dabbling in the olfactory arts.
Fan di Fendi
To relaunch its fragrance house, Fendi looked internally for inspiration, plucking the Forever buckle from its iconic Baguette bag to grace its new bottle. The fragrance itself is as rich as it looks; created by perfumer François Demachy it has a lavish blend of Calabrian tangerine, yellow jasmine, Damascena rose, and Indonesian patchouli that is noticeably long-lasting.
$76, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, NYC; (212) 753-4000.
cK Forbidden Euphoria
Billed as a younger, sexier version of the first Euphoria scent, it’s not just the notes that have changed with this fruity floral: There’s also a new face. Blue-eyed beauty Natalia Vodianova has been replaced by Brooke Shields lookalike Barbara Palvin. She continues the cK tradition of titillating ads; the sexual innuendo in this one is explicit, as per usual. On the skin, the perfume’s bright mix of mandarin, peach blossom, pink peony, and cashmere woods retains the sophistication of its predecessor with a new spicy richness.
Diane by Diane von Furstenberg
You’ve heard all the hype; now, here’s the fragrance. Since DVF is the epitome of easy glamor herself, it should come as no surprise that her first beauty endeavor in 20-plus years follows suit. With notes of frangipani, violet, musk, and myrrh, the scent has a slightly wild, sensual quality about it that mirrors the woman it was named for.
Ellie Saab Le Parfum
The couturier has established himself as the king of the evening dress—always able to whip up ladylike gowns that spell red carpet. He stepped out of his comfort zone this summer with his first Resort collection, and now he’s doing it again with fragrance. The result? It’s impressive for a novice. The jasmine, white flower, rose honey, and orange blossom mélange has a distinct, and appealing, Mediterranean feel that sets it apart.
$90, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, NYC; (212) 753-4000.
Vera Wang Lovestruck
Leighton Meester—a.k.a Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl’s queen of all things prim and proper—is the perfect choice to front Vera Wang’s new over-the-top romantic scent. A luscious medley of pink guava, tuberose, angelica flower, and precious woods, it is a resolutely feminine scent. That girlie vibe extends to the flacon as well, which boasts a pink insignia, crimson bow, and undeniably cute tulip topper.