The super-luxe Italian fashion house, Bottega Veneta launched its first scent recently, after much anticipation. The bottle is inspired by Venetian glass and the classic Italian carafe, its base is etched with the signature BV weave or ‘intrecciato’ texture. The ad campaign was shot by Bruce Weber and stars Nine d’Urso, daughter of former Chanel muse and model, Ines de la Fressange. They happen to share the same, beautiful, timeless profile.
I’ve been living with it for a while. Spraying, sniffing, waiting. Coming back to it. A spray, a sniff. Waiting a while, another sniff. You know how it is with a new scent, you have to let it develop, see how you like it later.
Its initial impact is fabulous. Fresh, sweet, citrus in one marvellous hit. It then softens up and becomes gentle, creamy, indulgent, soft and warm. Overpowering, I think not. It’s got that delicious combination of being a thing you just want to have, for its initial overwhelming pull (like a seriously fabulous pair of shoes). And a thing that mellows beautifully with time, into something that rather likes it on your skin and feels like its been there for ever. Like a long cherished pair of exquisite shoes. If you think I’m being melodramatic go on: go and try it. If you like a scent with a chypre character – woody and floral with the characteristic bergamot, jasmine and patchouli – then it just might make you all melodramatic too.
Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum at Harrods.