Hey Posse! Cher! One of the queens of style. An icon who has managed to stay relevant and popular through highs, lows and a fair smattering of mediocrity. Her original 1987 fragrance Uninhibited was a direct CHANEL No 5 descendant, all fizzy aldehydes and fruity space flowers over woodsy vanilla. One of my besties is a complete Cher aficionado who follows her concerts around the world and I found him a small bottle of it in the early 2010s, he has loved and cherished it. So, weirdly, in 2019 she decided that the world needed a new Cher fragrance, enter Eau de Couture.
I remember as a kid watching, and rewatching, the Sonny & Cher show and specials. Voraciously reading every speck about her and trying to copy her spectacular Bob Mackie wardrobe for my sisters dolls. In many ways I can thank Cher for my studying fashion and going on to become a drag queen. I think part of her appeal is that she always seems like an underdog, weird considering she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Also, the internet has her net worth currently at $360 million.
Cher: Eau de Couture
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Clove, Neroli
Heart: Jasmine, Rose, Orange blossom
Base: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Vanilla orchid
Created by the man who brought us Amber Prada, Panorama for Olfactive Studios, Lovely by SJP and Ariana Grande Cloud; Clement Gavarry. I personally feel that the note list is a giant furfy. Sure I bet there are bits of these notes but what I read here is a generic, safe, modern nothing of a fragrance with nothing even slightly challenging. Far from the reality, far far.
Yet again Cher and collaborators have chosen to directly descend from a CHANEL perfume. Not the same. No. A very heavily influenced nod though. This time it seems the target is CHANEL No 22. Imagine a 22 where the huge aldehydic overdose is played against clove, instead of nutmeg. Still using rose as the lynchpin with lashings of white florals.The heart has been tamed and modernised and the dry down is far less tapestried, creamier and less chypre-ish. The aldehydes are the star of the show though and continue to pump their magic till the very end.
It is a powerhouse compared to so much of the modern releases and has extraordinary tenaciousness. Eau de Couture is a glam party scent, it gets noticed and is as sparkly and diva like as you can imagine. A perfect resemblance to Cher.
Have you tried Eau de Couture yet?