Régime des Fleurs x Chloë Sevigny: Little Flower Perfume Launch at Dover Street Market

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This week brought a new perfume launch from the niche house of Régime des Fleurs: Little Flower, a collaboration with actor and style icon Chloë Sevigny. The fragrance is inspired by the rose, Chloë’s favorite flower.

I’ve admired Chloë’s work — and her taste in fashion, design, and fragrance — since the 90s, and I’m a rose-perfume-lover, so I didn’t want to miss the launch event at Dover Street Market’s Manhattan location.

Here are a few of my photos from the event…

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5 Cherry Perfumes

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Once in a while someone asks me my opinion about Tom Ford fragrances. Let me try to summarize: I think some of them are excellent. I think some of them are boring. I think all of them are overpriced. And I won’t buy (or review) any of them anyway, because I choose to reject Tom Ford’s branding and marketing.

I’ve heard that Tom Ford Lost Cherry is worth trying, and I’ll get around to smelling it eventually, just for reference. In the meantime, I’d like to mention a few other cherry-inspired perfumes that are worth seeking out.

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Perfume in Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch”

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I’m rereading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (in order to fix it in my mind before the movie adaptation is released next month), and I just stopped to savor this sentence:

“After school, amidst the drowsy tick of the tall-case clocks, [Hobie] taught me the pore and luster of different woods, their colors, the ripple and gloss of tiger maple and the frothed grain of burled walnut, their weights in my hand and even their different scents — ‘sometimes, when you’re not sure what you have, it’s easiest just to take a sniff’ — spicy mahogany, dusty-smelling oak, black cherry with its characteristic tang and the flowery, amber-resin smell of rosewood.”

Donna Tartt is a secret (or not-so-secret?) scent-obsessive…

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Oh Really: The Smell of 1 World Trade Center

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Photo taken today by me.

Roughly ten times per week, I pass the site of the former 1 and 2 World Trade Center, commonly and fondly known as the “Twin Towers” from 1973 to 2001.

I’ve never entered the new One World Trade Center building (constructed on that spot from 2006 to 2014) — not for business, and certainly not for pleasure. I’ve never been tempted, not even once, to visit its One World Observatory (opened in 2015).

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New Class: A 1919 “Scentennial”

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I’ve just added a brand-new class to my list! It focuses on two perfumes that were released a century ago: Guerlain Mitsouko and Caron Tabac Blond. As usual, this will be a cross-media “show and smell.” It’s taking place at the Brooklyn Brainery on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

You can find more information on the Brooklyn Brainery website.

National Lipstick Day 2019 ~ my favorite lipstick-inspired perfume!

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In honor of National Lipstick Day, here’s my favorite lipstick-inspired fragrance. It has been imitated by other brands but no one has improved upon this beauty. It was created for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle by Ralf Schwieger in 2000 and its notes include grapefruit, violet, rose, iris, raspberry, vanilla and white musk.

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