Wearing Bond No.9's latest, Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York, promises to bring untold wealth...or, at the very least, intoxicate bystanders with its spicy-citrus topnotes of coriander, cardamom, mandarin, and bergamot; heart of jasmine, tuberose, rose, plum, and pimento (!); and drydown of vanilla, patchouli, and amber. "The Warhol image we chose for the 'Success' bottle is not your typical banker's sign," they explain. "Instead, this one has an in-your-face, trembling quality, dripping with paint and seemingly tentative border outlines revealed - as if uncovering the connection between art and money."
An overtly money-oriented fragrance, 'Success' kicks typically romantic perfume inspiration to the curb, reveling instead in Warhol's fascination with cold hard ca$h. In the 60s, he stuffed dollar bills into soup cans and painted Pop Art canvases with grids of banknotes; in the early '80s, he rode the wave of Reaganomics and "Dynasty" by exploring the notion of the painting as consumer item, isolating the image of the dollar sign - a sinuous, yet somehow ominous with the slash down the center - into a series of silk-screen "portraits." Available October 1, 2009 at BondNo9.com.
- Lesley Scott