Matt, awesome post and a great description of the Incense Series. It's pretty much a given that the Incense Series is the best thing that Comme des Garçons has done-- I always said it would be REALLY cool if the next Series was... Incense II. They could do five new types of Incense from other places-- maybe some inspired by places in the Western hemisphere. They could use stuff like copal. I'd pee my pants if I ever saw that there was going to be an Incense II series.
I was thinking about what to wear to a Morrissey show on Tuesday... maybe one of the Incense Series. The only ones I really wear "out" are Kyoto and Jaisalmer, though I have all five. Maybe Avignon. One time I wore Avignon under a black YSL blazer to an art show and for some reason, I reminded myself of Moz.
I probably shouldn't but...
On a very crazy side note... this has to do with CdG Dry Clean-- I was wearing it at work the other night and suddenly I detected something about it that reminded me of Kingdom. No it wasn't cumin or anything like that, but it was something dirty and sexual. And then I thought back to what my brother said when he sniffed Kingdom blind-- "This smells like p*ssy" Which is odd because now that I recall, he said the SAME EXACT THING the first time he sniffed Dry Clean. I never made the connection until BAM, it hit my nose. (Which is also funny because once, when I worked at a video store, a returned videocassette came tumbling violently back through the drop box slot and my creepy boss picked it up and looked at it cautiously. He sniffed it and proclaimed, "Ted, this smells like p*ssy. Smell it" ( I'd rather not have, but I had to do what he said 'cause he was my boss!)
Even though the "notes" are not even close to being similar, there IS to my nose a "dirty" similarity. Yes, I think there is definitely something bordering on musky and carnal about Dry Clean-- even though it's so clean, kind of like the S-note in Mugler Cologne. Seriously, if you are somebody who almost likes Kingdom, but finds that it goes too far-- try Dry Clean. Whereas Kingdom is a "hooker eating a burrito", Dry Clean is that smell of a fresh-from-the-bidet stripper grinding away just inches from your face. I was once confused by reading a review of Dry Clean in which someone said it would be perfect for a night out in Vegas in a Canali suit-- I didn't get it but now it makes total sense. Dry Clean, it took me a while to figure it out. Sometimes it smells like an old box of musty clothes, but you have to try it.
Dry Clean. It's Kingdom after a good 'ol backyard hose-down.
OK, now that I've soiled this thread, I probably need to go to confession ( It IS Sunday morning). Maybe I'll just get out my Avignon.