First it was Femme with its warm cumin base, then methyl diantilis conjuring up the medicinal smell of clove and now surprise. Maybe you didn't realize that, but the guiding thread for this year's edition was spices, so I wanted to close it with something teasing. In fact what you smelled is the upcoming In the City of Sin, the lastest creation Calice Becker did for the new By Kilian collection In the Garden of Good and Evil. This first chapter, the most unisex one, is described as the entrance of the garden of Eden, an inviting landscape with bright bergamot, rose and fruity notes joined by mysterious details given by the spicy load of cinnamon and cardamom and a touch of incense. I totally agree with your sensations: it's a highly diffusive fragrance (typical from Mrs. Becker) mixing a bright, clean, bon chic surface (white sheets, summer dresses, Delano Hotel, High End Malls) together with something intriguing (Brian Ferry, lipstick, bright pink, spy story). Kilian doesn't let us in front of the dirtiest perdition: we're just at a cocktail party at sunset with patinated lustful atmospheres, just right before the night falls on this town's privite vices. And not let's go with your answers!
Among the three fragrances this is the most modern one. Topnotes are fruity, slightly acid and sparkling enough to recall me fizzy lemon drops. It has great lasting power and nice projection. Through the basenotes you can detect the rose giving it a lipstick-like facet with woody notes balancing it. I think it's perfect for a party at the Delano Hotel in Miami.
- if it would be a colour? Fuchsia like a coloured neon sign.
- if it would be an animal? A flamingo, typical of Florida with its pink feathers.
- if it'd be music? Brian Ferry singing "Slave to love", a song with cheerful rithm yet sensual lie a rose or a pair of lipstick made-up lips.
- if it'd be a place? Miami, South Beach, a place where showy elegance and fun are shamelessly displayed.
- if it would be a cloth? Emilio Pucci-style multicolour printed silk dresses.
- if it would be a movie/book? Miami Vice.
- if it'd be a personality (storical, pubblic,...)? The singer Gloria Estefan, probably a symbol of Miami.
This perfume is a bit redolent of #2 for its pale colour and its gentleness. It's a clean, slightly soapy scent, but in a good way. It's not as creamy, soft and snuggly as #2 though.
- if it would be a colour? Baby blue. It's a clean smell with not too sweet floral (iris?) notes, that's why I see it more baby blue than pink.
- if it'd be an animal? A kingfisher: a small, colorful bird with a nice and calm attitude. The pale blue feathers on the back recall me the freshness of the perfume while the orange/ochre stomach makes me think of the vanilla base. It's a gaudy bird but not too showy.
- if it'd be music? This perfume is probably the easiest of the three. It's like a black yet fresh voice that makes you feel free, light and thoughtless. This can be a sweet, easy song like "Life" sung by Des’ree.
- if it'd be a place? To me this is the smell of clean sheets hanging in the wind on a beautiful terrace with terracotta tiles and some plants. I can't pic particular notes but there's a vanilla and almond, milky base popping out in the end that makes me think of another scene. It's a scene with a modern mother, fit in her simple black or beige wool dress with a little necklace. She hangs the sheets on the terrace, then comes back inside. Her house has a wooden floor, beige couches, carpets and big windows, nothing minimal and it smells of luminous modern flowers, very comfortable. I think I know where this apartment is: inside one of my faourite palaces in Milan, facing the Rotonda della Besana. Can you see that roof garden? Well it's there that someone hang white sheets.
- if it'd be a cloth? A light pale blue cotton shirt. A cool piece, but also elegant even for casualwear.
- if it'd be a movie/book? Bridget Jones Diary. A cool movie: a young woman taking control of her life. A wave of fresh air for an average girl who makes a list of resolutions. It tells a familiar story, brightened by humor and by her firm temper. She wont clinb the highest mountains or make big things but will succeed in writing her diary and even in falling in love.
- if it'd be a personality (storical, pubblic,...)? The italian anchor woman Cristina Parodi. It's the kind of woman I can imagine lives in the apartment. She's elegant, cool, polite, she's a mother.
The third one seems quite modern so I guess it's not a vintage. It opens bright with a fruity touch, then it grows into a floral with a slight soapyness to my nose.
- if it'd be a colour? As a colour I see a bright pale pink.
- if it'd be an animal? The animal is a bird with colorful feathers.
- if it'd be music? Difficult to match it with music. I could see "La donna è mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto as a good match.
- if it'd be a place? The place I imagine is a park at spring with blossoming flowers and the sun a bit warm, a true spring landscape.
- if it'd be a cloth? A light cotton structure with a floral pattern is a good match.
- if it'd be a movie/book? The movie Roman Holiday.
- if it'd be a personality (storical, pubblic,...)? I see Audrey Hepburn with a beautiful summer dress in the movie Roman Holiday.
I tried it directly on the skin. I had the immediate pleasant sensation of a well balanced and comforting scent. I got memories of masculine classics, aromatic woods and tradition, a fragrance suitable for people with a strong personality. British-style understated but not too serious, it has energy and even a touch of humor. I'm not that good at picking notes in a perfume, but I can guess it's a mix between a traditional cologne and a sweet fougère. Maybe it has angelica or other aromatic notes like mugwort, juniper, some spices, a vetiver base and leather notes. Perhaps there's some mossy molecule recalling green and woody aspects? Anyway I like it and I'd wear it without reserve.
- if it would be a colour? It would be a nice shade ranging from green to blue, a not too gaudy turquoise.
- if it'd be an animal? A sturdy animal, intelligent, calm that's not aggressive if nobody annoys it. It could be a horse, a nice and nimble thoroughbred, tonic and with a clever glance. It has a shimmering dark coat and well combed tail and mane.
- if it'd be music? A concerto for piano and orcherstra, something not too romantic and loose with a classic structure like the ones by John Field, an irish compores from the XVIII century. He's famous as the forerunner who brought in fashion the notturnos. Anyway I'd go for one of his seven concertos, brighter and softer than the somatas which are delightful but more intimate.
- if it'd be a place? I figure out scenes of lively malls, but high-end like the ones you can see in London or in Milan, a showy mall with an eclectic architecture and big spaces.
- if it would be a cloth? A nice sartorial tweed jacket over a candid shirt and a self colour tie. Unique frill a full-contrast pocket handkerchief in bright colours.
- if it'd be a movie/book? John Le Carré style spy story atmospheres: of course Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, one of his best sellers together with all the movies it inspired, but also all the other novels featuring as a main character George Smiley.
- if it'd be a personality (storical, pubblic,...)? Due to the previous answer I can't help but thinking of Daniel Craig, the latest cinematographic Bond. A handsome elegant man without being too dressed up, a man with a stong body and a strong personality, not a flat comic strip hero. He also shows his weakness here and there and a certain unexpected sensibility.
This fragrance brought me back to when I was a teenager. It's a bright enveloping fragrance that makes you feel comfortable with it. It grows with no roughness, no bad surprises, you can trust it. Good presence. Magnificent.
- if it would be a colour? It would be orange, warm and positive.
- if it would be an animal? If it'd be an animal, it would be a swallow.
- if it'd be music? It would be "All You need is love" played by the Beatles.
- if it would be a place? It would be a high fashion shop during the '90s.
- if it'd be a cloth? It would be a light organza full skirt.
- if it would be a movie/book? If it would be a movie, it'd be Pretty Woman.
- if it would be a personality (storical, pubblic,...)? It'd be Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.