Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Fall Frargances by Narciso Rodriguez & Alaïa

Retail: $150.00
3.3 fl oz. 

 "But this is an Alaïa!" I kept thinking as I oogled the much anticipated debut fragrance from fashion designer, Azzedine Alaïa: Alaïa Paris Eau de parfum.  Inspired by childhood memories in Tunisia and described as "the smell of cold water falling on hot chalk".  Sound alluring?  It is.  

Created under license with Beauté Prestige International, the truly unique blend of warm v. cool notes is unlike any other.  The scent is floral, spicy, and feminine and mysterious all rolled into one.  It starts out bold with crisp, airy notes and pink pepper.  Then softens into the sweetness of freesia and peony at the middle.  The base becomes more raw with musk and "animalistic" type notes.  It's addictive and keeps you craving more.  The scent is so perfect that I would never have known this was designer's very first fragrance.  Alaïa managed to develop a scent that embodies the traits of a strong but sensual and sophisticated woman without even breaking a sweat.  

"I dreamed of it like an archeologist dreams of sculptures from antiquity lying at the bottom of the sea for millennia, sculptures of perfect bodies, matched only by the women of today  an ideal and timeless beauty"- Azzedine Alaïa
Its luxurious bottle is just as stunning.  Designed by renowned furniture designer Martin Szekely, the heavy black glass bottle portrays a leather like appearance, with its name in gold lettering across the front.  The eye catching gold metal topper mimics that of a delicately spun spool of thread.  Absolute perfection and I know I'll wear this one for years to come.   

Retail: $98.00
3.0 oz 

Also newly released is NARCISO eau de toilette.  Described as a new chapter in the story of alchemy of attractive and the art of seduction begun with NARCISO Eau De Parfum.  

The eau de toilette interprets a new facet of femininity with a vivid magnetism; capturing the ineffable nature of attraction precisely embodied by the new close-up portrait of Raquel Zimmerman. In this new image, the top model is mesmerizing as her unwavering gaze sends a powerful invitation that reflects the addictive, seductive nature of NARCISO eau de toilette.  

Bright top notes of white peony meld with Bulgarian rose to compose a heady white floral bouquet that transforms the signature musc into a crystalline yet sensual heart. Enhanced by voluptuous woody accords - black and white cedars and a most elegant vetiver - the eau de toilette is hypnotizing.  

 While NARCISO eau de parfum and eau de toilette naturally share the same graphic codes, a palette reversal highlights their differences. Also a transparent glass cube, the sculptural bottle now reveals a soft sculpted half-oval suspended within, a rich black almost heart-like shape that echoes the purely provocative image of Raquel Zimmerman. The name of the fragrance remains a simple logo now in pure white. Adding yet another element of mystique, the signature rectangular top is transparent, as a tribute to the crystalline signature musc.   Today, NARCISO eau de toilette celebrates a new facet of seductive femininity with an irresistible olfactory composition beautifully embodied by the hypnotizing new portrait of Raquel Zimmerman.

Have you tried either of these fragrances?  Do you have a fall favorite?


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