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five sisters, Karl Lagerfeld and the "Fontana di Trevi"
Floramalia's nice answer to my comment on Valentino's "Donna" gave me the idea to also remember "Fendi" Eau de Toilette.
I thank her for this impulse: "Fendi" I did not have at the moment at all on the note.
Yet it is a way to remember Karl Lagerfeld without going into his scents specifically.
I have already paid homage to these faithful companions of my former life in another place.
The five sisters Fendi came during the year 1983 by Karl Lagerfeld and his "KL" into my world.
I had to possess this smell absolutely.
Even if my friend at that time would have preferred to give something more "useful", e.g. a kitchen machine, etc., away. He had just brought the 125 ml plastic bottle "Opium" with him a few months earlier.
The person Karl Lagerfeld made me curious and so the Fendi sisters appeared on the plan and stayed there until today.
My first lighter of an "international" brand was a Fendi: narrow and elegant and always in repair!
Probably nobody could overlook the big show on the occasion of the presentation of the autumn/winter collection 2017 of the house Fendi-Lagerfeld.
After years of restoration work, the Fontana di Trevi was finally reopened in the fountain basin.
Models and models presented themselves on glass catwalks; a typical "Lagerfeld event" in which everything fitted right down to the last spark of light.
Through this and through 2.4 million dollars "restoration grant", the house Fendi showed its attachment to Rome since then 90 years.
One must have some ideas: the "Fontana di Trevi" is one of the original three exits of the aqueduct "Aqua Virgo", which brought the water directly from the Sabine Mountains into the city.
A fountain was built at each of these exits; probably none as massive and famous as this bubbling "show wall" in Piazza di Trevi.
Not only the water is bubbling, Bernini's baroque work of art also foams and gurgles: the enormous marble construction seems to vibrate and float with liveliness.
To what extent the rather small square in front of it reinforces this impression, I don't know: I too was speechless in front of it again and again.
And of course I also followed the motto: "Three coins in the fountain". I threw them over my shoulder and they were supposed to get me back to Rome.
The death of the man whose capricious and sharp-tongued nature fascinated me for decades, and the first show after this incision, especially with Fendi, takes me deep into my fragrance past.
(Finally! may some of you think now.)
After the two early Lagerfeld fragrances accompanied me for some years, it had to be the eau de toilette of "Fendi".
It was hardly on the market when I already had it and also cornered it in my circle of friends and acquaintances: Oak moss and leather - how could I use "flower child" this combination?
Naturally offended, I didn't listen until one day a supervisor asked me directly not to wear this scent in the office anymore: I was shocked, offended - it was very embarrassing!
Never again did I experience something like this!
"Fendi" was reserved for free time (after all, I couldn't admit that things didn't go too well with both of us.)
Fendi" corresponded to its time; it was fruity, flowery, woody and very tempting!
Maybe this scent carried a bit too much of everything in it; but at that time not everything?
Even in fashion, the "gemstone" tones were commonplace: sapphire blue, ruby red and emerald green - all set in scene with large shoulder pads - why should "Fendi" Eau de Toilette put back?
The radiant aldehydes immediately underlined the fruity freshness of the citrus scents, which were spiced with coriander and cardamom interesting and powerful.
However, this combination suffocated the elegant delicacy of rosewood: rosewood scent is as quiet as it is noble!
At that time, it was impossible to do without white flowering plants at all: the two, actually quite delicate flowers of lily of the valley and jasmine were also found in this fragrance composition.
But their scent after dark is all the more breathtaking.
The light spiciness of the carnation skilfully corresponds to that of the rose geranium; they represent an antipole to the white power of fragrance.
Rose and Ylang-Ylang conquer their territory, which is guarded by cypress trees.
I remember that I already liked the picture of a rich flowering garden surrounded by slender cypresses.
(This also emerges from the notes I made the other day - miracle after miracle! - in a drawer. Who would have thought that I would fall back on it so quickly.)
Leather and oak moss, in their individual scent strength, it was probably the dainty little woman who became my undoing.
They are very strong here - extend your elbows; spices (pepper, clove and nutmeg?) reinforce these aromas even more.
Tonka bean and vanilla are grinding off this almost masculine scent explosion; "Fendi" becomes softer, brighter and much more feminine.
Golden amber and patchouulin notes support this impression even further; at the same time they open the door to impressive sensuality - sandalwood and musk now appear, generously dosed, too!
It is a true scent firework that presents itself and that tames the silver spiciness of the cedar wood a little.
"Fendi", even as Eau de Toilette, fits perfectly into a time when opulence reigned, even in television series like "Dallas" and "Denver Clan"; just think of the clothes that were commonplace there.
Or to the bright blue evening gown of "Lady Di": it would have fitted very well to the shining "Fendi" fragrance!
"Fendi" was a brilliant spicy chypre scent, a phenomenon of the time, which was ended by the then beginning "unisex movement".
All of a sudden glamour and glamour, opulence and sensuality disappeared. The Italian women of the fragrance world, who had just been sparkling, were often placed in the corner.
But you couldn't leave "Fendi" so quickly: Sillage and durability were too fragrant, too powerful! One spray and the day was saved! Also in the evening this fragrance creation did not show any weakness: it changed a little, but according to my memory it did not tolerate very well when sprayed on.
Then there was quite a chaos: the originally so carefully interwoven scents tumbled into each other without a trace!
The Fendi House will live on for some time even without Karl Lagerfeld; this scented work of art from the late nineties did not survive its era.
If I'm honest, I don't mourn him.
Even if I didn't want to admit it: we didn't fit together at that time and only my defiance let us spend some time together.
I remember selling the rest of Fendi, too. Surely to a woman to whom this fragrance would fit better. Hopefully both had a lot of fun together!