Category: 1977

digging (into) vintage: Oscar by Oscar de la Renta, 1977

  (Left: Oscar de la Renta  early 1970s. Right: Yves Saint Laurent 1974) Perfumer Jean-Louis Sieuzac made some of the most memorable and influential perfumes of the 1970s-1990s. Yves Saint Laurent’s era-defining Opium (1977) smothered the oriental genre in spice, making the previous big-girls like Shalimar and Youth Dew seem quaint.  In the 1980s Sieuzac skipped the match, but piled…

digging (into) vintage: Aramis Devin, 1977

(Photo by Cathy Merenda) Perfumer Bernard Chant. Devin fits perfectly into the Lauder school of boy/girl pairings.  The girl side of the pairing, whether it was the original fragrance or the sequel, is the greater of the two.  Larger (Aromatics Elixir compared to Aramis 900), heavier (Cinnabar to Aramis JHL), or more forceful (Aliage to Devin.)  The Aramis by Aramis/Estée Lauder pairing is the exception…