As the company's first fragrance in over a year (Editions de Parfums was founded by Malle in 2000 as a collaborative effort with the world’s leading perfumers), this collaboration with famed perfumer Dominique Ropion represents a new breed of oriental rose, a baroque perfume that resulted from two worldclass perfumers attempting to create a "masterpiece" fragrance.
"Portrait of a Lady" was inspired by their previous June 2010 launch: Geranium Pour Monsieur. "Being avid users of ‘Geranium pour Monsieur,’ we both spotted an accord on which this fresh fragrance lays," explains Malle, "and thought that it had the potential to become the heart of a modern oriental perfume.” Based on an accord of benzoin, cinnamon, sandalwood and, above all patchouli, musk and frankincense, it takes off with a whomping whiff of Turkish rose essence which Ropion then linked to the rest of the fragrance with an accord of red berries such as cassis & raspberry, and spices like cinnamon, clove, sandalwood, ensens, and musk.
The strong rose essence and patchouli heart combine into a sensuous blend that is opulent yet focused, lavishly feminine but somehow silent, and completely irresistible...just like a portrait.
Available beginning in December 2010 at Barneys New York & EditionsDeParfums.com.
- Lesley Scott