I'm wearing this new Bleu de Chanel, the latest men's fragrance from Chanel's lower tier of cheap, gross colognes. Chanel declares it was created for "the man who defies convention", which is such banal way of selling a cologne, I immediately knew it would smell conventional. Like something for a man so conventional, wearing Bleu would be the least conventional thing about him. That's conventional!
All I know is, when it comes to the inexpensive lines, Hermès kicks Chanel's butt. Bleu smells like Allure Homme Sport. Or Platinum Egoïste. Or the hundred other crappy non-Chanel sporty things for "the man who defies convention," typically by grabbing dinner at TGI Friday's before checking out the new Matt Damon flick. (And he calls it a "flick," that's how unconventional he is.)
It's one of those metallic citruses I smell all over town. And whenever I do, I imagine the wearers are tourists because I don't want to feel badly about my town and if I can't keep it from smelling like sleazy marketing reps, then I'm going to pretend all the sleazy marketing reps are here on vacation from Houston. It's my version of visualization and it helps me relax.
I got my sample of Bleu in the new Vanity Fair, which features the 2010 International Best-Dressed List. The honored females were asked to name their favorite fragrance (the question was not asked of the men, presumably because they defy convention and thus it's assumed they're all wearing Bleu), and most of the answers were disappointingly conventional: Fresh Pear Cassis (Helena Bonham Carter), Jo Malone Grapefruit (Nora Ephron), Calvin Klein Beauty (Diane Kruger), Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien (Tatiana Santo Domingo), Stella McCartney Stella Sheer (Cindi Leive...I don't know who she is either).
Only Wendi Murdoch, bless her, named a challenging perfume: Boudicca Wode. Although the rest of her life doesn't exactly defy convention, having hooked up with the evil Rupert Murdoch, a thousand years and a zillion dollars her senior. Still, I bet she smells good and if Rupert makes her walk two steps behind him, it's his loss.
Okay, I'm going out and pretending I'm from Houston.
I'm with you on this. Bleu blows.
Businessman from Byran Bonn
Rupert and Wendy Murdoch at the 2008 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala