I must have admitted that my knowledge about fashion is very limited. Were it not for many designers’ foray into cosmetics, I’d probably never remember their names. If you are like me, here is another designer you might get to know because of his fragrance: Azzedine Alaïa and his *Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum.
The Tunisian-born, Paris-based designer had an “unreasonable” and transcending scent in mind for his first fragrance. The black flacon with a gold cap is ultra precious- and sleek-looking, with a pattern that evokes his laser-cut leather creations. He allegedly did not want an obviously floral fragrance, and particularly not a white floral one. Instead, he described the smell of “cold water falling on hot chalk,” an image the end result actually manages to conjure.
I am relatively sure that the list of notes available at the moment is not complete, as I find it hard to believe that such a complex scent only contains notes such as airy notes, pink pepper, freesia, peony, animal and musky notes. I’d describe the fragrance like this: Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum starts off with something that smells like “spicy cold water.” I get the pepper, but I don’t think it’s the only spice here. It’s mysterious, it’s strange, it’s confusing in a good way. Soon the “watery” aspect is replaced by something floral, transitioning into a spicy floral that is warmer. If Alaïa didn’t want people to be able to pick out the flowers, he certainly succeeded because I have a hard time doing just that. This phase lasts for several hours before it dries down to a soft and gentle combination. I can pick out vanilla, but again hardly anything else really stands out.
Besides the unusual scent, what I like about Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum is the fact that it is present and long-lasting without being overwhelming. Even on a warm day, this is just not a scent that could cause a headache. A lot of fragrances, while great, end up being lumped into the same category by my brain. This one on the other hand, is actually unique enough not to remind me of anything else!
If you get the chance, take a whiff of Alaïa Paris Eau de Parfum. It is rolling out as we speak. You might like it, you might dislike it, but you can’t mistake it for something mainstream!
PS: My buddy Sara has a review here if you are interested in reading more about the fragrance!
How was your weekend? Nothing much happened over here. The weather was all grey and rainy, which wasn’t very motivating! I keep thinking I need some new eyeshadows from NARS fall though. Have you checked those out?