A liquid which radiates from skin like woody sunlight, Halston Couture is a dry, bright almost- chypre made in a very 70's style. In fact, it is reminiscent of Diorella with half the ingredients but each at double strength, the basic formula still intact. The opening is a brilliant lemony citrus, flanked by a light, pale rose and jasmine, underscored with patchouli. Impressively, the amber which will come to sweeten the heart and lay the base to rest is absent, so the beginning phase is dry and very bitter, and creates a scent illusion like sunflowers. During this opening phase, which lasts anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes, Couture projects quite strongly. When this scent tapers into the heart it's not so much that the citruses disappear but it seems like they hide behind the woods and can still be caught coloring the other accords. Here it becomes sweeter and more pleasant, if less exciting. This soapy and bitter oakmoss, at first a whisper in the chorus, now increases in presence as the top diminishes, and the far drydown is that same sweet amber with the now dominant moss and the backbone of patchouli which seems to be the only instrument set at a constant volume.
Nearly all of Halston's fragrances before the mid 90's were chypres of some sort, and all of them were at least good. Couture is a departure from the usual, as it is brighter and more classical than the previous lot, but I feel this formula was recycled and overly decorated later as the Women's version of Catalyst. In a nutshell it is a super-pleasant lemon-patchouli-rose composition bordering on masculine in approach and very enjoyable throughout all its stages.
This is an interesting 80s-style scent. It is similar to Halston by Halston, but it has another perfume grafted onto it. It is a mildly green chypre with a rose/amber/patchouli oriental squeezed into the same bottle. Surprisingly it’s not a train wreck. It’s full of that more-more 80s style, but the rich amber connects the two genres and maintains just enough tension to keep things from getting out of focus. If you want a better constructed chypre/oriental hybrid, try Lancome’s reissued Sikkim.
30th November, 2010 (last edited: 13th January, 2015)
Great vintage style chypre, w/rose flavor. 1st try- Light, dusty & soft, rose-tinged floral chypre, a little violet too. 2nd try- too musty & dry, not appealing even tho rose. 3rd try on hot day was elegant dry powdery, rose and a little sweet.
This was the first perfume I bought for myself, and it was kind of a bad choice for a teenager. It's a very strong and sultry scent. The oak moss makes for a very strong woodsy base note, I'm guessing. Then there's some kind of amber in it, and they fight raucously together. I wasn't nearly old enough to wear this perfume, but as I got older, it was definitely something I could wear in the evenings. It changes on my skin, becoming more intense and actually kind of makes me dizzy.
I know they don't make this anymore, and that's a shame. It is a very different scent from the the other Halston perfumes. Halston Couture is the only one that came with a sterling silver top.