Blessed by a total lack of anticipation for the launch of Lady Gaga’s first perfume Fame, I let serendipity do the job. I was going for Madly by Kenzo, but I sprayed this one instead.
It starts fruity, something between red fruits and pears, with pulp (it’s apricot, actually), but not too much. After not too long, a spice timidly comes out, and a light sweet side is added to it. Both parts are quite light, and are mounted on top of the fruits. And that’s when things become harder to decode, and with a certain amount of mystery. The spices lose the timid ruggedness they had when they came out, and become warmer, with something that is close to a coffee aroma, but not quite. The sweet side shows different facets as well: it’s something between honey and waffle, but at times it reminds of a non-sour orange.
There is a significant amount of florals in it. I didn’t feel them openly on the skin (on the blotter they are more present), but they’re likely to play a role in all this quirky behavior. And of course, in all this, the apricot side is also there all the time. In the end, the sweet side is reminiscent of vanilla, with still peaches in the background, and a very far hint of the pepper of the start.
Reportedly, the initial idea that Lady Gaga had for her first frag was something that would smell of blood and semen. The outcome however has been – unfortunately, considering the starting point – quite different. Fame perfume is good and interesting and complex in its simplicity, but it’s also quite conventional. That wouldn’t be a problem, if it wasn’t for the contrast with Lady Gaga’s image. Indeed, reading a couple of quotes from press releases, it seems like that the coolest thing about Fame perfume is the fact that the liquid is black, but when you spray it, it becomes transparent. If only the smell was as groundbreaking as the technology that made it black…
Its ever-changing notes constantly remind of something you knew from before in real life, without quite being the same. Yet another easy metaphor of fame?