Fragrance

By Michelyn Camen

(with contributions by Brianne Riek)

There is a reason people all over the world dream of coming to New York City. And why many BN girls wouldn’t live anywhere else. Maybe it’s the theater, the shopping, the world famous museums, the restaurants, the fashion; NYC is a city that indulges and sometimes challenges all five senses. From the enticing aroma of street vendors’ sugar coated peanuts, to “eau de crowded subway”; all are memorable. Some may say that New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. Ha! We New Yorkers believe it is the center of the universe.

To capture the city’s diverse and unique spirit we invite you on an olfactory journey to some of the City’s most famous destinations, in a New York minute.

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SAKS 5TH AVENUE
For the ladies that use New York City as their big girl playground, Saks is the ultimate 5TH Avenue destination. Instead of a pail and shovel, it’s a Prada bag and a platininum Amex. For the BN girl who loves her fragrance luxe and luscious, the Italian design duo of Dolce & Gabbana introduces The One. Packaged in gold, The One symbolizes the very essence of luxury. From its regal flask to its precious sparkling scent, this new fragrance is for the diva that demands to be celebrated and adored. A modern, oriental floral, with golden sweetness – the warm sensuality is highlighted with a touch of lychee, bergamot, mandarin and juicy peach. The One launched at Saks last month with a special appearance by Gisele Bundchen.

We also recommend Bond No. 9 For Women created exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue, which is launching September 1. For Women is a true “all out” gardenia scent, very memorable and like the new redo of Saks itself, surprisingly modern and even edgy. There are notes of jasmine, vanilla and the surprisingly unexpected presence of vetiver. Close your eyes and take a whiff… ah, the smell of your credit card melllllting….Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bond No. 9 Boutiques.

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CENTRAL PARK
N.Y.ers do not live on asphalt alone, thank heavens for the huge green oasis in the middle of our city. Central Park spans two and a half miles from 59th Street to 110th Street and half a mile from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West. Joggers, lovers, bikers, sun worshipper, animal lovers, skaters, art aficionados, and gourmands, know that Central Park is the ultimate escape from the madding crowd. While practicing yoga in the Park, spritz on Creative Scentualization’s Perfect Bliss and savor the moment, with notes of blood orange, mango, patchouli, cedar and musk. Available at Barneys NYC and at www.bglowing.com

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ST. REGIS HOTEL
Gilded ceilings, opulent accomadations, and famous guests have made this luxury hotel synonymous with old school glamour. Drop your Birkin onto a cushy chair, while indulging in the famous afternoon tea at the Astor Court restaurant. You will feel like a lady who lunches, travels by limo and has someone else shlep your packages. Carry the feeling of a memorable afternoon for the rest of day, all day…Just spray on one of these beautiful tea scents. For an early tea, we recommend Té EDT by Creative Universe, which smells light and crisp but has subtle milky note. Available at Barney’s NY and online at www.beautyexclusive.com.

If a bit of the exotic is more to your taste, indulge in lapsang souchong tea; revel in the sweet and spicy facets revealed in the delicious delights of Tea for Two Eau de Toilette by L’Artisan Parfumeur. This is a smoky tea fragrance with sweet honey scent and a marvelous tea …for your skin! Available at Henri Bendel’s and www.lartisanparfumeur.com.

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BRYANT PARK
Fashionistas all over the globe welcome early September not because it’s the beginning of Fall, but because its NY fashion week under the tents in Bryant Park. Bold face names, editrixes, and starlets are spotted in the front row of every show. Behind the scenes, the tents are bustling with those who make it happen; the designer, the hair stylists and makeup artists.. Models strut down the catwalk, flashbulbs popping, wearing some of the most beautiful clothes in the world. We all have our favorites, but BN loves Carolina Herrera, for her intricately simple and elegant design. Now if we just had $4,000.00 to drop on a dress. Infinitely more affordable is Carolina Herrera 212, the scent that wraps you in an intriguing veil of femininity and confidence – opens with a pop of bergamot, rose pepper and gardenia, and dries to create a warm finish with a touch of vanilla. Brava, Ms. Herrera. Wearing 212 we always sit in the front row. Available at www.Sephora.com.

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CHELSEA
Just as unique as the Westside district downtown known as Chelsea, is the latest scent from the sometimes subversive and always surprising Tokyo-based fashion design house of Rei Kawakubo, Play from Comme des Garcons. Just like the diverse neighborhood known for its variety of restaurants and clubs, you never know exactly what you’re going to see or experience next. One minute it’s the familiar, the next minute it’s the epitome of funky Westside hipster. With bitter orange, black pepper and lime, the scent warms on your skin; the saffron and patchouli give it a surprising unexpected twist. We can always rely on CDG to create new products that surprise, and sometimes confound us and we can say the same thing for Chelsea. Available at Barney’s NYC and at the CDG store at 520 W. 22nd Street.

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TIMES SQUARE
Bright lights, over the top extravagance and seemingly the most crowded place on the Eastern seaboard – welcome to Times Square. While you push through the masses trying to get to work or to the many theaters in the area, you realize so many of the people are walking while looking up, taking in the lights and sights. One sight many New Yorkers and tourists will not forget: the image of Kimora Lee Simmons clad ONLY in Simmons Jewelry Co. diamonds and sneakers. Her strategically covered nude body towered over the streets on a billboard to introduce her first scent Baby Phat Goddess. Kimora Lee is the “queen bee” of fabulosity and the Empress of an ever-expanding empire. Her latest scent, Baby Phat Golden Goddess, is more over the top than ever – boasting top notes of sparkling champagne, seringa, blue lilies and night orchid. The aroma settles into a blend of caramel, vanilla flower and patchouli. Just like Times Square, anything from Ms Simmons is life in the fab lane. Available at www.babyphatfragrances.com and Macy’s

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NEW YORK, New York
Wear DKNY’s Be Delicous, a crisp blend of apple, cucumber, grapefruit, and white amber in a “pomme” shaped bottle, so you can take a bite of the BIG APPLE (we just couldn’t resist) anytime and anywhere you are in a New York state of mind. Available at all NYC Sephora stores, and at www.sephora.com.

Originally published September 2007
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