Critic’s Choice: Luca Turin’s Perfume Pick
To spritz or not to spritz, that is the question. Style.com/Arabia critic and perfume industry legend Luca Turin reviews the latest fragrance launches and answers this age-old question.
Name: Fan di Fendi Leather Essence
Notes: Suede, amber, wood
Nomenclature: Sweet suede
Fendi has been exploring an interesting ambery-spicy territory of fragrance for some years, and has turned up a treasure. Theorema  was to orientals what Nutella is to chocolate: rich beyond reason and very addictive. Palazzo  had one of the most original top notes in recent memory. This one is an odd combination of its two predecessors. Unexpectedly, they add up to an idea reminiscent of Patou’s Sublime , i.e., a precarious but arresting balance between sweet amber and fresh woods, bridged here by a suede-like leather note that works perfectly as a go-between. There is a confident, eclectic complexity to this fragrance that in my mind embodies a specifically Italian chic—all smiles, pliant softness, and welcoming warmth. My reference in this genre is Lubin’s Korrigan, which manages to be at once austere and appetizing, somewhere between burning incense and warm gingerbread. Fan di Fendi is less poetic, more staid, but still a very nice fragrance.
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