Just got in from seeing a great fuzzy-wuzzy boy-girl triple bill at the Hollywood Bowl: The Swell Season, She & Him, and The Bird & The Bee.
Zooey Deschanel has a really lovely voice! Kind of a cross between a rockabilly-twinged throbber (ie Patsy Cline, Neko Case) and a more naïve Doris Day. Her singing was more impressive live than on She & Him's albums. Less impressive was Zooey's onstage charisma, weirdly, since she's an actress and all. You'd think she'd have that part down, but she just didn't have that "front man" authority.
I've noticed the same thing about Zooey D. She comes off like a shy teenager when she's singing, not at all how she appears otherwise. She won't get any tips from her new husband, the Death Cab for Cutie guy, who's the opposite of charismatic. (I need an antonym dictionary.)
I wore Vert Pivoine this morning. It's understated and agreeable, though I wish it were a little less agreeable. Did you ever see Zooey Deschanel's (500) Days of Summer? It was fantastic: on its surface an ordinary romantic comedy, but it wasn't quite romantic or funny, it didn't hit all the obvious notes, it left money on the table and ended up being more genuine because of it. And yet still incredibly stylish. It was both warm and cool, a real trick.
By toning down the showy aspects of its flowery top-notes, Vert Pivoine almost succeeds in the same way. But there isn't enough substance to fill in the gaps. It's merely understated as opposed to understated and surprisingly moving, more Zooey Deschanel pleasantly singing at the Hollywood Bowl than Zooey Deschanel pleasantly breaking Joseph Gordon-Levitt's heart.
Vert Pivoine smelled great during my run, by the way. It's interesting to smell which fragrances do well during exercise and which generate headaches. I smelled like a subtle extension of the city's summer gardens, most of which don't actually exist in my neighborhood, which makes Vert Pivoine even more worthwhile. Dan
Dan, I'm intrigued to see how much you're enjoying Vert Pivoine. Plowing through all 16 HdPs more or less at once, I crashed into total PRF (Perfume Review Fatigue). Here's all I managed to cough up for Vert Pivoine: “Peony and an old-fashioned lipstick smell.” Now I can add, "Perfect for workouts". Katie
Katie, Surely you've already recognized this, but the genius of Perfumes: The A-Z Guide isn't merely the clever writing, but the fact that Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez have anything to say about most of those perfumes. People gripe that the two of them don't take every single stupid perfume seriously, but I have a hard time taking many of the good ones seriously. It's overwhelming at times. And I'm just a guy with a little perfume cabinet. Can you imagine LT's perfume cabinet? I'm not surprised Vert Pivoine didn't bear review fruit. It's pretty but plain. If it were a girl, she would attend a boarding school in the Northeast, wear Brooks Brothers and J. Crew, innately know the difference between a salad fork and a dessert fork, and eventually marry a young man who works in finance. You can't criticize her without automatically criticizing thousands of girls just like her. And yet I like it/her. What's not to like? DanFumies, what would you nominate for a hard-to-dislike fragrance?