Category: Halston

digging (into) vintage: Halston Z-14, 1976

Perfumers Vincent Marcello and Max Gavarry Z-14 is a classic example of hybrid vigor. It is a thunderously harmonious chypre/oriental that shows its dual heritage more as Janus than Jekyll and Hyde. The amber ties the two genres and Z-14 has a church pipe-organ range of harmonies, rumbling lows to keen highs. Z-14 starts with a bone-dry citrus/spicy/woody quality. The…

digging (into) vintage: Halston by Halston, 1975

Perfumer Bernard Chant (?) The chypre genre is not only broad but forgiving.  Halton by Halston’s calibration is a bit off, and its structure focuses defaults to blend and harmony rather than highlighting the distinctive elements that make a chypre wear so well. The twin devils of reformulation and a cheapo license holder (Elizabeth Arden) should be the kiss of…