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MCM Black Silver (1988)
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Year of Launch1988
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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About MCM Black Silver

MCM Black Silver is a shared / unisex perfume by MCM. The scent was launched in 1988

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Mode Creation Munich is a little-known German handbag designer founded by Michael Cromer with almost niche-like perfume, and all scent creations up until 2017 been made by perfumer Arturetto Landi. Most of the perfumes made by the house have short production runs and you can almost distinguish the period in which a given scent was made by the bottle design, since MCM would issue two or three things in a single design then switch to a new design for the next series, with the Collection 2017 conforming to current niche standards of packaging. Back when Black Silver (1988) was released, it originally came in a glass fluted bottle but saw a re-issue paired with Blue Silver (2000) in a new metallic-style bottle. To me this reads like an early proto-gourmand with typical fougère elements stapled on, which is probably why Black Sliver saw a bit of a resurgence in relavence a decade after release, since gourmands were hitting their stride by the turn of the 21st century. There were a lot of gourmand-fusion type scents going around just as there were lots of oriental-fusion scents on the market during this time in perfume history, so MCM Black Silver was likely lost in the mix with so many others that crossed into this same sort of sweet/warm/pleasant territory.

The opening of MCM Black Silver is very sweet, with an almost confectionary-level of richness. Lemon, bergamot, mandarin orange, and lavender start things off pretty standard, until cyclamen and rose intertwine with some vanilla, jasmine, and a creamy sandalwood note to make this feel like a clubber. It's hard to tell where the middle stops and the base begins because things quickly collapse into a single "whole" after the top notes fade, slowly stirring the pot with tonka, vetiver, cedar, and something musky but a bit synthetic that adds to the gourmand richness. Wear time is decent enough at about 6 hours but projection was pretty poor for me, making this one for up-close contact only. I'd say this swings rather romantic anyway despite the initial club vibe and since it's claimed to be unisex, it might as well be something worn for snuggling. I'd call MCM Black Silver a cool to cold weather fragrance too, just because of the cozy vibe it gives me, and would probably avoid wearing this in situations where you want to make a statement due to low projection. The stuff is discontinued, as is everything not currently-listed by MCM, so the price creep may not make this worth investigation because it fails to really stand out dollar per fluid ounce from its contemporaries.

It's hard to say much else about this perfume or this brand, as both are pretty much an enigma with little information outside the infamy the brand garnered in the 80's for being gaudy and ostentatious. The brass plates adorning the brand's logo to their trademark "Cognac Visetos" bags are about the most you'll hear of the brand from anyone who lived during their peak. Unfortunately, like a lot of things really well-known for ridiculous reasons, MCM were a flash in the pan fashion-wise and quietly bought by Korean business ventures in 2005, with both the fashion and fragrance arms limping along back in Germany but becoming a well-known entity in Korea, Hong Kong, and China. A scent like this would not suit MCM's current audience majority due to climate and cultural tendencies towards lighter, more airy, and fresh fragrances, so I don't see MCM SIlver making a second return to market unless the brand overall ends up gaining ground again in the West. Still, a neat little side venture that is nothing if not pleasant, but nothing I'd reach for personally. Thallium by Jaques Evard (2002) covers similar ground, is much easier to track down, and won't sting the wallet. Neutral.
24th March, 2020
Have really tried to like this after I bought on a blind buy and as Very MC by MCM is in my top 5.

My 7 yr old daughter summed it up perfectly .. "you smell like that chocolate incense I have"

21st August, 2012
A thickly sweet woodsy fragrance with some gourmand spices in the heart. Smells like light cloves and cinnamon but the vanilla and cedarwoods are the basenotes that give this unisex fragrance a unique stand amongst other unisex perfumes that are usually of the fresh citrus variety. Unfortunately, I do not get much longevity from this and it has mild sillage. If you cannot find this I suggest trying the ever so inexpensive and present at discount stores Thallium. Very similar.
23rd November, 2009

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