Even if it's vile I'll probably end up buying this anyway
Thread: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame
Lady Gaga's perfume has been unveiled: it's called Fame, which is what celebrity fragrances are all about, so it's iconic from the get-go. Next, the bottle looks like a "little monster" of sorts - to borrow from Gaga's terminology - and seemingly inspired by the lines of Alexander Mc Queen fashion, a designer that the musician and performance artist wears often. You can especially detect the influence of the towering Armadillo shoes...
But it's also about the talons Gaga sports.
Third, the juice is black and has its own special name, "Black Fluid". It reportedly has the property of changing color once it touches the skin. They do not go as far as saying that it is going to reveal your mood like mood rings, but if they could, they probably would.
The idea of a perfume which is more like paint or an aquarelle color was done previously with Boudicca Wode and Serge Lutens Sarrasins.
The provocation is also palpable in the words of Gaga herself who manages to say that her blood is in the perfume without really being there yet it's there. It's not her semen evidently though. Whose is it? An anonymous donor? Will the perfume mix the semen of a fan with the blood of Gaga to make it feel complete? But most importantly, it's about "the feeling and sense of blood and semen from molecular structures". We hope she will be able to promote her perfume with an interpreter or a scientist adept at vulgarizationby her side to help it break it down for us. The perfumer's job was to come up with an "expensive hooker" accord.
"It was taken out of my own blood sample so it’s a sense of having me on your skin, I wanted to extract sort of the feeling and sense of blood and semen from molecular structures, so that’s where [the rumours] came from. That is in the perfume but it doesn’t smell like that, Actually the perfume smells like an expensive hooker."
Even if it's vile I'll probably end up buying this anyway
Interesting. Yes I will sample when its released.
I have a soft spot for Gaga--she's really very talented, with a vulnerability that makes her public persona very human. I will definitely try this when I see it--I'll try anything, no matter how cheap or how expensive.
Thank you Joe ! This is probably the most interesting celebrity perfume ever and I will be trying it .
That is exactly how I feel about Lady Gaga. As a person, sometimes she seems like a little girl playing dress up but she is so fascinating and vulnerable that you enjoy the show. Musically, she is very talented.
Hopefully her perfume will smell nothing like blood and semen.
I will definitely give it a spritz or two when it hits the local department stores to see if I like it. I've found descriptions sometimes don't mean much anyway.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. Especially when it comes to perfumes ...
Just seen pics of the box on Facebook! (Sorry, can't post as I'm on my phone!)
Notes are: Tears of Belladonna, crushed heart of Tiger Orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverised apricot, and the combinative essences of Saffron and honey drops.
I'll be giving it a spritz for sure!
ETA: The box also says it's invisible when exposed to air, so no colour changing!
Last edited by redderz; 13th June 2012 at 10:25 PM.
I want, i want, i want - i love mother monster gaga
So not a fan. But I'll sniff anything.
Thank you, JC, as always, for the news. This is interesting. Must look at this!
I think it has an ELdO-like "shock effect" ("epater la bougeoisie," or shock the middle class) with the blood from Secretions Magnifique, with their four S's: sang, sueur, sperme, salive (blood, sweat, sperm, saliva).
A upscale take on ELdO Putain des Palaces? A high-class hooker versus a hotel whore.
"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
petruccijc, iconic—or ironic? Both, I'd say (;
What do insomniac perfumers do to fall asleep? They count chypres!
crosspost from the thread in the Industry section:
The cap looks like a Martial arts weapon.
Tears? of belladonna..... so maybe a heady sweet Amaryllis Belladonna Lily topnote?
Pulverized apricot? does that mean the pits?
Sounds pretty violent LOL....
An expensive hooker, eh? And that is supposed to make people want to try it? Actually, judging by a lot of the responses in here, apparently so. Marketing at it's finest.
Saffron can have a bit of a medicinal or metallic twang in some compositions, and certain takes on honey can be a bit "carnal" smelling... I wonder if those notes popped up as a way to call back to her original blood and semen idea without actually smelling like either. I suspect the end result is going to be super synthetic (appropriate) and super sweet, but I'm still much more interested in trying this than the average celebrity perfume, despite the fact that Gaga kind of bores me now.
It'll probably smell like Madonna's fume.
I've had a the "Luxe" presentation of this for almost a month now, which was sent to me as a gift. The bottle itself is quite beautiful once the ugly cap in removed--the cap is very awkward and plasticky--the box and packaging are as good as any high end scent--has some interesting data on it--the juice looks frankly weird in the bottle: It's definitely black, and this blackness is rigged up so that as soon as it comes in contact with air it disappears which is fairly easy to do from a chemical standpoint, or so i've been told. As for the scent itself, it:
-Almost blew up my computer/relationship with basenotes due to the ridiculous amount of passionate opinions the mere mention of it seems to elicit.
-At first sat in the box ignored as I am not one to wear or care about "Celebuscents" and have never smelled any other, not even Elizabeth Taylor's Diamonds/Passion, etc.
-When I finally tried it I posted a vague comment on Frag and my PM box was full overnight with inquiries and accusations. apparently, Frag users know if you post anything vicious publicly, it gets taken down immediately.
-To me, it harkens poisonous night shade--these enormous upside down lily-like flowers that are usually pale yellow: It's very sweet and deep at first, and lingers in an odd way: It "seems" linear, but it "behaves" seemingly of its own accord and comes and goes rather than evolving--You sniff once and it's very heady--later you sniff again and it's almost gone--later still it explodes and slaps you across the face. As the ire and craziness continued to mount on the other thread, (please: no repeat performances here. My question: WHY WHY WHY?????) I actually took to being quite fascinated by it--and began wearing it at home. I can not for one minute imagine any other "celebuscent" would be this "tricky." It's a study in contrasts--it's heady and sweet and intoxicating yet watery at the same time. I know I would never wear it out the door as it is far too feminine and floral but it's definitely interesting. As soon as you ditch the ugly cap, the bottle looks pretty sitting around the house: It's nice and heavy and now that 1/3 of the juice is gone it looks even more bizarre being mysteriously jet black, like ink. The thing that makes it truly singular is that it has marked "split personality disorder." It wants to convince you it's linear and just smells like lilies and then it starts this hide and go seek song-and-dance that is unlike any other perfume I have ever smelled. As noted above, this is not my taste--I would not wear it--but I predict that it will have an enormous success, and, historically, may break the tween market of its current obsession with strawberry cupcake scents, as it smells *distinctly* knowing and quite sophisticated--it just "acts up" in a very singular way that I would find unnerving if I were to actually wear it. The dry down is more of a roller coaster than anything else and is hard to map out. Redesign the cap and you have a physical thing of beauty. The scent? It's not at all my taste but it gets A for effort. I won't post again on this thread after the horrific experiences I had on the other one, so the above will be my final word on it. In a nut shell: *Interesting,* to say the least. I got NO blood/sperme data out of it at all: Zero. It actually *does* smell a bit like a very decorative woman--all make up and hair and clothes--that may be "high class" and could potentially be bought at a price. It's definitely a woman's scent. No ambiguity there. There are moments when comparisons might be made scent wise--Cacharel's Anais Anais comes to mind immediately, but then it's gone, and something else pops up. If you like bizarre kalaedoscopic florals you might like this. As for even saying the name Lady Gaga, I won't be doing that in the future: Too much drama. In conclusion--this *MUST* be better than "Britney Spears"--whatever-- it's not mainstream, in the way we have come to imagine mainstream. I predict serious business with this one: Now if they would just rethink the cap--
"...a Chacun son Mauvais Gout."
It sounds interesting, as you describe it, MdM. I love narcotic florals with no ambiguity. Thank you for sharing your impressions. Is this being sold now? There is a mall here with Saks, Neimans, Bloomies, Macys. I may have to brave the mall (which is a place that gives me mild panic attacks) to try it. Maybe I'll wait until I'm forced to go to the mall. Anyway, the female board is seldom a place of drama and incivility. I think you're safe. xo
tried this yesterday at the pre-order. I dont think I have words for exactly how disappointed I was. Which is awkward, because after all it IS a celebuscent. I really admire GaGa's marekting skills, the buzz around Fame is remarkable, with the talk about Sécrétions-like notes, the Illamasqua-debacle, the advert visuals, the witchcraft-listed notes of belladonna... everything. Therefore I am so terribly sorry to say this is just yet another fruity floral celbrity scent, watery and sweet, totally harmless. How sad.
Thank you for the first truly thoughtful examination of this fragrance. There is so much drama surrounding it -- and most celeb scents are mostly smoke and mirrors anyway -- so your post is a breath of fresh (floral) air.
I finally smelled this too, to my great disappointment. Is it too much to ask for a "monster" perfume bottle to contain a perfume that is a bit of a "monster"?
It actually smells really nice. It just does not match the image being presented.
One man's trash is another man's treasure. Especially when it comes to perfumes ...
Sounds like a wasted opportunity. Oh well, I won't be going out of my way to test this.
Seriously, though, this is the ultimate first impression on paper, so take it with plenty of nackle. It's about all that one can get out of a magazine insert without just plain making stuff up. I was pounding sliced-up insert pieces with the back of a carabiner to extract every last bit of fragrance out of them.
- Very well-made.
- The restraint reminds me a bit of Justin Bieber Someday, which I thought was well-done, too.
- In that respect, it's very current, though feels (properly) more mature than Someday
- Guy-wearable by Basenotes standards. YMMV otherwise.
- I really think they were trying to keep it close to the gender line so all little monsters could play
- I can vouch for the fact that it's less feminine than UltraCare™ Scent Tablets for vacuum bags (we're cleaning and whatnot today. Just sayin'.)
- Initial burst is mainstream feminine - very light pink. I thought the evil FFF (fruityfloralfeminine) stuff was restrained, however. Particularly the candy. Low candy and moderate floral
- Color images fade quickly to the wearer. However, continues to smell "pink" to somebody not habituated to the scent. Of course, I can't address actual fade on skin.
- My wife stresses a very light pink
- My wife likes it (good news for 30R - another fan of FdTRB)
- An interesting dryness, which oddly carries a sort of misty image. I like that part. It becomes prominent as the opening fades
- There is actually a nice lingering tonal effect like we've been talking about in S01E03. Not as strong, but I can spot it now.
- No obvious "Beyoncé Heat / Pulse / Queen" (modern barely-assertive oriental/spicy) stuff at all.
- However, the cool misty thing seems almost like a tone-downed version of the "cool heat" in Heat
- The base notes tantalize, but are too faint to catch on a magazine insert.
- Both my wife and I agree that the opening is outwardly very similar to D&G rose the one (another of her faves)
- My wife likes Justin Bieber Girlfriend (another mag insert ) better in the opening, because it's more subtle and "natural" (to my nose, more "cheerful" and "optimistic" - the comparison is fascinating and kudos to the perfumers for getting that difference into the Gaga scent).
- However, she thinks that Girlfriend fades too quickly (I agree), but Fame does not
- For comparison to a more normal , new FFF, see Lancome La vie est belle, which I also compared by the morning insert. There seems to be far, far more candy in that one than in Fame
- If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that the compromise between the marketers and the artistes was that the latter could play with Gaga imagery within the sandbox of what her true followers could actually tolerate. Thus I anticipate subtle oddities within what is otherwise Macys-space.
- Said with more challenge to ourselves - it's not the obvious oddity of niche. It is - perhaps - the subtle oddity of a mass market scent done in a way that may be - if we focus - pleasantly Gaga. To a fangrl that may be wonderful. To a cynic, it's a Gaga bumper sticker on a Toyota Corolla. To me - a mainstream lover with a minor in celebrity scents - it's nice, and potentially interesting.
- No matter what, I think it was an excellent marketing decision to stay in the mainstream.
- I will try to get a sample to wear for me and my wife.
- No children or small monsters will by harmed by this scent.
A very comprehensive analysis from a magazine strip Red. You & Mrs Red are to be commended for discerning & sharing such so much detail. A fun read.
I noticed last night that (sealed) bottles are already showing up on eBay.
Sounds about as dull as a sandal