Category: 1982

digging (into) vintage: Niki de St. Phalle, 1982

(image Niki de St. Phalle) Perfumer unknown I thought I’d love this fragrance. Dark green chypre. I’d read a lot of comments from fans. Risky. Strange. Exciting. Maybe the parfum is different, but I only know the edt. Niki dd Saint Phalle hits the notes I should love (green, mossy, bitter) but doesn’t really do anything with them. The top…

digging (into) vintage: Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir, 1982

Perfumer Pierre Wargnye I love a good fougère. I think the genre is underrated, and still recovering from association with a bad spell of male esteem issues from the 70s and 80s. The ubiquity and heavy-handed use of Paco Rabanne pour Homme, Azzaro pour Homme and eventually Drakkar Noir in the US in the 70s-80s and the association with a…

digging (into) vintage: l’Artisan Parfumeur l’Eau du Navigateur, 1982

 (image lifted from Philip Lorca-DiCorcia) (1979? 1982?  Perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena; Art Director, Jean-François Laporte ) I read that Luca Turin called l’Eau du Navigateur dated. He’d know better than I. I never smelled it before 2013.  Still, there is a distinction the era-specific and the tired. Navigateur might be dated today, over 30 years after its release, but it’s held up well. To be innovative in 1982 and still…