Category: Max Gavarry

digging (into) vintage: Christian Dior Dioressence 1969/1979

(What a difference a decade makes. Uncredited photos of Washington, DC from 1969 and 1979.) 2013–I’ve seenĀ some discussions online about the merits and pathologies of vintage perfume collecting. I’m live-and-let-live on this one. If it feels good, do it. But how far will you go for vintage? Me, notĀ far. Of course my consolation prize is all of contemporary perfumery, so…

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…