Well, after bitching about Chergui yesterday I tried another from my freshly arrived set of decants and I'm happy to say that New York by Patricia de Nicolai is right down my alley, or make that 5th Ave. Again, these are only brief first impressions, but this is evidently a classically constructed perfume not, like so many contemporary releases, based either on a superficial shock effect or just bland cubicle water. No, this oozes class, it's a masterful composition in which all the ingredients combine to make a perfectly balanced whole that you don't even want to analyze but just enjoy in all its grandeur. It may be New York, but its not noisy, busy downtown Manhattan, more that of aristocratic New Amsterdam families with lineages as old as they get in the New World. Or the 1930s, Art Deco, Chrysler Building, ties and tales, Cole Porter, suave, sophisticated, yes America can be this, too. In the end though it comes across as a very European style perfume not afraid of bluntly asserting its (and its wearer's) superior rank. I adore it already and it will make a mighty fine complement to the three-piece-suit-gold watch outfit. This is going to be a five star baby for sure. I'll talk about the actual notes another time.
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10/27/06 at 7:19am