Fragrance

By Stephanie Nolasco

Say goodbye to steamy, sizzling summer days and hello to cool, crisp fall months! What should a lady wear to welcome the new season? Autumn calls for more dominant fragrances that can hold their own against frosty winds and sudden showers – especially on chilly nights out. However, some rightfully fear spraying on a scent that can induce pesky headaches. Fortunately, many new releases are commanding and seductive without being clinging (and downright annoying). Own the night with these enticing creations that will make you the star of any posh party.

Nothing captivates potential suitors quite like a silky smooth scent that puts them under your spell…and no full moon is required. Perhaps this is the idea Lebanese haute couture designer Elie Saab was trying to encapsulate with his first fragrance, simply named Le Parfum. Created by award winning perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian, it reportedly took 279 trial versions to create this ultra flowery meets masculine wood composition, and fortunately it’s a success. Unlike many other perfumes which usually start out powerful and only fade away with time, Le Parfum is the exact opposite. At first spritz, it opens with a refreshing burst of orange blossom that is seemingly light, but quickly the scent transforms into a sun-kissed jasmine uniting with spicy patchouli. As it gets stronger, cedar kicks in and as a final note, a touch of honey makes this fragrance a blooming bouquet that’s meant to last beyond after dark. Le Parfum is very mature and sophisticated, ideal for a screen siren, a confident supermodel, or just a woman ready to conquer anything – or anyone – she desires. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and http://www.ElieSaab.com.

Couture designer Tom Ford may be best known for his runway collections, but his involvement in the fragrance world has made him one of the most sought-after men in fashion. When it was announced that Ford would be releasing a new scent, Violet Blonde, both media elite and general public alike instantly went on the hunt for this highly-anticipated launch. While it impresses with its powdery note of violet leaf, this scent isn’t for the faint-hearted. Immediately, Violet Blonde resembles heady incense smoke and faint leather, making it a dramatic, even dark scent that doesn’t fail to lay it on thick. There’s also a touch of pale woods, making Violet Blonde more musky than girly. Be warned: this one is a screamer…one drop alone can make an entrance before its wearer. Perhaps this is the magical elixir shy wallflowers need! Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and online at http://www.TomFord.com.

Trish McEvoy grew famous in large part due to her make-up artistry; she’s no slouch in the fragrance department, either. Fellow BN editor Liz Bekesz got to know McEvoy’s fragrance wardrobe, which includes a sensual number called Trish McEvoy Sexy 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk Eau De Parfum. It’s seductive and disarming, though in a very chic and wearable way. Intoxicating Patchouli and Amazon Lily join notes of Blackberry buds, Mandarin, Tiare flower, and Osmanthus; the drydown is a temptation of cashmere woods, velvet musk, sandalwood, and liquid amber. This is one elixir that’ll hold them spellbound; i.e., it’s made for first dates…and beyond! Available at Bloomingdales and online at http://www.trishmcevoy.com.

Originally published October 2011
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