I’ve generally liked all of the Badgley Mischka variations – the origial, Fleurs de Nuit and the new Couture. I’m going to see if I can tell much difference between them.
They are all pretty big florals, definitely pretty and feminine. The original strikes me as the brashest of the three, a little harsh on the top notes and just big, though it manages to never go over the top. I always put this in the same class as Hermes 24, Faubourg – classy and big at the same time, sorta that SueAnn Ewing from Dallas feel. Fleurs de Nuit focuses on plastic jasmine, and I’m not nearly the fan of that version as the other two, it just never quite ever pulls all together with the Lily of the Valley greenish notes and the jasmine. The original mellows out on the drydown to a creamy, elegant fruity floral, much more emphasis on the floral and sandalwood. There is a classiness to it that I just don’t get in the Fleurs de Nuit version.
Badgley Mischka Couture just came out in 2009. It’s what I had hoped Fleurs de Nuit would be. It’s a little darker and smokier, plummy, has a little bit of gourmand aspect in the fruits. It never gets as big as the original BM. I keep thinking I shouldn’t like this because it’s a little sweeter than I normally like my perfume, but I find myself cravenly sniffing it all the time I have it on. So it’s pretty much working for me in that place where I don’t like to look too hard where my little girl lives.
Badgley Mischka made perfumes that suit their audience, which is really what designers should be doing when they create. Apologies for a short post today. That horrible flu finally felled me, though I am now recovering. I hate it when I go all winter without being sick and then get caught in the spring epidemic.