Sicka Than Average’s Fall Fragrance Extravaganza
Michael Kors Very Hollywood Eau de Parfum Spray, $45 for 1 oz. (this size is exclusive to Sephora), $65 for 1.7 oz., and $84 for 3.4 oz. Available at MichaelKors.com and MK boutiques, Sephora, and fine department stores.
Talk about a show-stopper. The latest addition to Michael Kors’ fragrance emporium is already en route to becoming America’s Fragrance Sweetheart (the Julia Roberts of perfumes, if you will). A nice bolt of citrus (in this case, mandarin) immediately beckons you to take notice, as iced bergamot lures you in, inviting you to take a closer peek (or sniff, in this case). Notes of wet jasmine, ylang ylang, raspberry and gardenia all evoke a youthful femininity, while creamy amber, soft white moss, vetiver and Italian orris infuse a subtle sensuousness.
Though I don’t love it as much as Michael, I do think it’s a pretty, accessible scent — and perhaps more importantly, it’s more youthful thank most MK scents, which should make this a hit with ingenues everywhere who dream of a day when they, too, will walk down a red carpet. To me, Michael is the Sophia Loren of scents, while Very Hollywood is more like the Reese Witherspoon.
DKNY Delicious Art Limited Edition EDP, $55 for 1.7 oz. and $70 for 3.4 oz. Available at DKNYfragrances.com
I love a good makeover, and this one would have Tim Gunn smiling broadly. For a limited time, fans of DKNY’s Be Delicious fragrance have the chance to purchase a bottle in this brand new packaging, which features ben-day dots, lettering and speech balloons meant to mimic some of the most iconic pieces to surface during the Pop Art era of the ’50s and ’60s. I find the pairing so ingenious — after all, apples are a key part of the “American” visual iconography (remember the story about George Washington in the orchard?), and Pop Art was a movement that hit its stride in New York City thanks to such notables as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Designed by illustrator Brad Hamann, the revamped packaging is as cheeky and fun as this fruity scent.
Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Success Is A Job In New York, $145 for 50ml and $220 for 100ml. Available at Bond No. 9 boutiques and Saks Fifth Avenue counters.
Have you been singing along to Drake’s “Successful” all summer? With a bottle bearing a neon-colored, dripping dollar sign symbol plucked from the Andy Warhol Dollar Signs series created in 1981, this new fragrance gives new meaning to the notion of thinking rich. This all-about-the Benjamins scent is warm and spicy, like the proverbial paper chase itself. Top notes of bergamot, cardamon seed, mariander, coriader and nutmeg give way to a heart of pimento, tuberose, rose de mai, jasmine, iris and forbidden plum, which are then rounded out but the patchouli, benzoin and vanilla base notes.
Andy Warhol Success Is A Job In New York is meant to be genderless, so don’t expect sweet or ethereal. I actually find the scent to be pretty masculine but not in an off-putting way — it’s like that pair of boyfriend jeans or that well-tailored suit that you can’t live without in that its masculinity simply emphasizes your femininity by pointing out the existing duality.
Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Toilette, $40 for 1 oz., $55 for 1.7 oz., and $70 for 3.4 oz. Available at Sephora stores and Sephora.com
More light-hearted and subtle than the original Euphoria perfume, the new Euphoria EDT boasts a twinkle orchid heart (as opposed to the black orchid used for the original Euphoria, which has a more mysterious and forbidden feel to it). The twinkle orchid sells a bit like vanilla, which is a rather seductive scent in and of itself, and when combined with the other notes (lush green accord, Sicilian bergamot, champaca flower, cream accord and sandalwood), the result is a dewy floral scent that’s captivating and ephemeral in the most romantic, Guinevere-esque of ways. The scent hits Sephora this coming month (October 2009).
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition EDP, $48 for 1 oz. and $70 for 1.7 oz. Available at DonnaKaranBeauty.com and fine department stores
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist, Donna Karan Cosmetics has unveiled the new Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition Eau de Parfum, an even more sophisticated and slightly more intense version of the original. The fragrance includes notes of watery elements and bergamot, as well as two jasmine absolutes, orange flower, ylang, muget, moss, blonde woods, amber, labdanum and vanilla.
What I love most about this fragrance is how it manages to incorporate woody, floral and spicy notes, without leaning too strongly in any one direction. The result is a scent that’s feminine but opulent and will have you feeling as regal and pampered as a modern-day Marie Antoinette.