Fendi Furiosa ~ perfume review

Kasia Smutniak for Fendi Furiosa

Fendi — what is the general perfumista view of Fendi, anyway? (That’s a serious question, do comment). Like many of you, I adore Theorema,1 and I know the original Fendi fragrance for women is still remembered fondly. But nothing Fendi has done in my (perfumista) time has interested me. I have nothing to say about Fan di Fendi, and the brand’s last pillar for women, L’Acquarossa, did not inspire any greater sentiment than hey, you could do worse.

L’Acquarossa was styled as the “red elixir of passion”. Furiosa stakes its claim as “the essence of wild femininity”; in the Furiosa commercial, everything Kasia Smutniak touches takes on a glittering gold animal print to match the bottle design.2 Does it live up to its billing? Need we even ask…

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Escada Joyful & Fendi Fan di Fendi Blossom ~ fragrance reviews

Escada Joyful & Fendi Fan di Fendi Blossom adverts

Just because it’s now officially fall in my part of the world doesn’t mean that we’re required to break out our deeper, spicier fragrances right away, right? Not when there’s still a fresh crop of pink perfumes in pink bottles to be sampled! I tried two new-ish ones this week, with mixed results.

First up: Escada launched Joyful, its latest fragrance for women, late in the summer. It’s a fruity floral whose notes include blackcurrant, melon, mandarin, peony, magnolia, nectarine, violet leaf, honey and sandalwood, and its ads feature model-of-the-moment Miranda Kerr riding a merry-go-round. (At least, she’s one of the models who seem to be everywhere right now.)

Escada hasn’t released anything but upbeat fruity florals in a long time, and Joyful fits the usual profile…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (and some other stuff) 2014, part 15

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes special editions from Yves Saint Laurent and Donna Karan and new concentrations for Fendi L’Acquarossa, Cartier La Panthère and Chanel Coco Noir.

Yves Saint Laurent Supreme Bouquet Luxury Edition

From Yves Saint Laurent, the Luxury Edition of Supreme Bouquet…

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Fendi by Fendi (for women) ~ fragrance review

Fendi The Kiss

Imagine this: It’s the late-1980s, and Sirio leads you to your table for lunch at Le Cirque. As you dangle your quilted Chanel 2.55 off your chair and consider whether you’ll have the Dover sole or the carpaccio, a cascade of laughter draws your attention to the table next to you. The frizzy-headed woman with Bordeaux-purple gloss lipstick and an armload of bangles is Opium. Next to her sits Giorgio, a blond real estate agent with frosted pink talons for fingernails. Coco, swathed in fur and velvet and jewel tones despite the July heat outside, looks a little embarrassed by their loud conversation. (Boucheron had to be at a committee meeting for a Met gala and couldn’t make it. Neither could Cinnabar — she’s summering at her house in Bali.)

Then the room’s chatter and clink of silverware stops. A curvaceous, full-lipped woman of a certain age glides toward the empty chair at the table. She’s ignored the trend for shoulder pads and somehow combines Sophia Loren’s earth-mother sensuality with Silvana Mangano’s elegance. Still, her silkiness packs no less potency than the assertive styles of the other women at the table. This is Fendi by Fendi…

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