Paloma Picasso by Paloma Picasso


Nepotism at its best, Paloma Picasso’s celebrity is in fact well deserved. It may have been her father’s role as the patriarch of modernist art that brought her into the established circles but it was her own charm and elegance that made her a brand of her own right. This is the kind of woman so delicate in taste and etiquette that when she was married she wore an YSL suit by day and a Karl Lagerfeld dress at night as to not offend the sensitive egos of her two good friends and rivaling designers. She even put out her own fragrance. This is what perfume critic Tania Sanchez has to say about it:

Though the herbal-jasmine-spice-oakmoss structure of Paloma Picasso (1984) is derived from previous sleek, green, serious chypre fragrances like Cabochard and Givenchy III, part of its considerable appeal is that is smells wonderful while still smelling confidently cheap – there’s no effort to throw in an extra pound of butter or more egg yolks in the cake. Instead, it gives an overall impression of one smart gal – comfortable, breezy, sharp, and fizzy in the jasmine section, and terrifically mossy-patchouli in the drydown, put together perfectly without making much fuss.

– From Perfumes: The Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez
they gave the scent 4 out of 5 stars


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