Nanette by Nanette Lapore smells like exotic confectionary on a bed of ambery incense. Ish. I mean, I don't want to make out like this is By Kilian Rose Oud or anything, but it's unexpectedly sophisticated for a boutique fashion house perfume aimed at vintage-loving young ladies. (And vintage-loving not-so-young ladies: I'm a fan of NL's sweet 40s/60s/mixties style.)
The rose here is not full-on cookie sweet -- it's toughened up with enough cedar and incense to give it a backbone. Nanette is a little dry and peppery, too.
IFF's Anne Flipo is the perfumer behind Nanette. On the deeply-respectful golf clap side of Flipo's resume, we see L'Artisan Parfumeur's Fleur d'Orange and Iris Pallida limited editions, along with their ethereally earthy Fleur de Narcisse.
|Anne Flipo: ethereally earthy.|
In the “pass the cheese” column, there is Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Lancôme Tresor Midnight Rose, and Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto. Well, a gal's gotta make a living -- can't begrudge her those big commissions.
I was thinking about Nanette when I recently tried fashion house Marni's namesake debut perfume. Marni is another sheer, woody rose, but emphasizes a grapefruit briskness rather than Nanette's sweet amber. Both are modern roses for the modern miss.