Category: Vincent Marcello

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…

Estée Lauder Private Collection, 1973

Perfumer Vincent Marcello Green florals, grass, woods, powder, moss. It’s funny the way we rewrite gender over time. I’m sure this was prissily feminine at the time it was released, but if a niche house released this today as a masculine and used all the synonyms for fresh (too down-market to use the word itself) to describe it, this would…