Dolce & Gabbana’s Wafts Of Desire
Everything Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce create oozes with sex appeal. Just look at their Fall collection and their stable of spokesmodels. Never much fans of waifish androgyny, the design duo reliably selects women with curves—Scarlett, Monica, Laeticia, and, most recently, Bianca Balti—to hawk everything from clothes and accessories to makeup and fragrance. Their latest beauty offering isn’t as much about sex, however, as it is about desire. “Everything starts with desire. There wouldn’t be seduction, sensuality, or passion if it wasn’t for desire,” Gabbana says of the new scent of the same name, which he was heavily involved in conceptualizing (it’s Gabbana’s hand-scrawled signature that graces the front of the matte black bottle). “He says what desire means to him, and we create accords,” explains Will Andrews, Dolce & Gabbana fragrance expert, which in this case led Andrews right to tuberose. “Tuberose is a close smell. It’s very present, rich, and it has an unusual hypnotic quality to it—you must let it take over,” he elaborates of the often eroticized white flower that is tempered by jasmine and sweet plum nectar here. “[Desire] is not about sex—it’s a studied flirtation,” Andrews contends, which lead him to give the scent a “sophisticated sensuality” bolstered by fresh, sweet top notes like mandarin, lychee, and bergamot to lighten things up. Further rounding out the aroma is a base of sandalwood and musk, also used here to “prevent [the tuberose] from taking over,” according to Andrews, and a gourmand note of vanilla-infused caramel that just so happens to have an irresistible magnetism about it—much like look sixty-two from the house’s new line. When wearing both, proceed with caution.