RSP: Italian Summer

In RSPs (Runway, Sidewalk, Perfume), I try to connect current fashion trends and perfumes.

One of my favorite fashion themes this spring is the application of baroque forms and large-scale lace and embroidery to light and buoyant fabrics. Sultry but effortless. And also very Latin. In my head, I’ve been referring to it as the “Italian summer” look. Per esempio:


Naturally, my mind went to re-creating this look, and selecting a perfume to go along with it. I’m sure you all understand. For a “sidewalk” look:

italian summer

As for the perfume, one recent release stood out to me as the perfect accompaniment to this fashion theme, and that was Jour d’Hermes. Other apt choices could be Elie Saab Le Parfum and Dior Grand Bal. Any other suggestions?

Images courtesy, Miss Selfridge, Piperlime, Pommellato, Perfume Master. Reviews are never compensated, and posts are never sponsored. See my Media & Disclosure policy for details.

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37 responses

  1. I love this post. I always find it interesting when perfume is tied in some way to other things, whether it’s literature, art or fashion.

    • Oh goody! Thanks for the feedback. And the perfume suggestion. I don’t know 24.9.11, so I’ll have to check it out. And next time I’ll include more inspiration shots. For this time, I can recommend the entire McQueen spring ’13 collection. So beautiful.

  2. How about Bois’ Notturno Fiorentino for a spicy bergamot, jasmine and vanilla feel. Or John Galliano’s John Galliano for Women for an incense-based violet and vanilla scent to mimick the smell of Latin churches?

    • Oh yes, these are perfect suggestions! I don’t know Notturno Fiorentino, but I am convinced I have to from your description, and JG for Women is a good one.

  3. I agree, a series of posts like this matching scents to trends would be fun.

    Do you think Ormonde Jayne’s Champaca would fit this fashion theme? It’s my “pretty spring” perfume.

  4. “Yes!” to more of these posts, Natalie. Tara’s comment makes me want to add that Ormonde Jayne’s Frangiapani would also go nicely with this ensemble you picked out.

    • Great suggestion, Suzanne, and great reminder that I need to pull of Frangipani. I think I’m going to wear that today, in defiance of the 6-8 inches of snow we got last night. :(

  5. Yes, this post is an excellent idea Natalie. I second the Noontide Petals suggestion… I tried it and it’s brilliant, shiny, HAPPY, while being creamy and yummy at the same time. A bit like you say above… a mix between light and sultry, and yes, even baroque, with its unabashed exuberance!

  6. Baroque is back! Amazing!

    That’s a slightly floral hippieish look, so maybe something low-key. I have some perfumes by a company called Outremer that could be fitting. They make a summery one called The Tea that’d be great.

  7. I love this post! I have recently realized that I have been obsessed with perfume as well as soaps, perfume oils…but my taste run the gamut from very inexpensive spritzes to higher end perfumes. But this post made me think about a perfume I bought today….Italian Bergamot by Victoria Secret. Lovely citrusy scent with a light floral. Bright and fresh.

    • Oh, yes! I smelled a tester of the Italian Bergamot, and thought it was really pleasant for summer! Nice to see them doing something a little less fruity.

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