Ralph Lauren's next fragrance for women will be Ralph Lauren Notorious, due for launch next month. Notorious was inspired by the "film noir classics of Alfred Hitchcock and other Hollywood greats".
Notorious is an oriental fragrance developed by perfumer Olivier Gillotin. The fragrance notes feature black currant, pink peppercorn, bergamot, chocolate cosmos, white frost peonies, carnation, patchouli musk, vanilla and iris.
Ralph Lauren Notorious will be available in 50 and 75 ml Eau de Parfum and in matching body products. It will be exclusive to Bloomingdales through August. (via wwd) Update: see a review of Ralph Lauren Notorious.
Bloomies must have very persuasive buyers to get two mass market exclusives in a row.
I don't think this scent is going to reel me. I like chocolate and I like cocktails, but if I want to smell like that, I put on Angel.
I tried and bought Sensuous last night and I think it's going to put me off needing anything else for a looooong time. It's got a bit of the same feel to me as my beloved Chaos, the part I loved best, where the scent was a tiny bit sweet under the incense.
Love the name, hope the juice lives up to it.
I love carnation in a fragrance, and in general, like orientals. I'd be interested in trying it.
My Aunt formerly was a buyer for Bloomies, I'd be interested in picking her brain to see how the buyers operate.
So glad you liked Sensuous! Many people seem to be finding it too bland or dull — I really think it's wonderful.
I like the name & the ad, too. Not so sure about the notes, but we'll see…
I know very little about how these things work, but I thought you got an exclusive by coughing up advertising money & promising promotional things & whatnot.
It *is* wonderful.
Hmmmm. I like that it's inspired by a Hitchcock film, (one of my faves, too) and it does contain my two favorite floral notes in a fragrance- iris and carnation- but I'm a bit wary. I've been thoroughly underwhelmed by most recent Ralph Lauren fragrances. I love the original Lauren and Safari, but everything else has been bland at best, in my opinion. We'll see!
I've been pretty much underwhelmed too…in fact, I haven't worn a RL fragrance since Lauren was “the thing”.
Love the concept, but this ad looks a little sleazy to me. I mean, is that Carmen Electra or an anonymous knock-off? Nothing about this says Ingrid Bergman to me… particularly not the chocolate cosmos!
Really? The ad doesn't strike me that way. She is a French actress I've never heard of: Laetitia Casta.
Ah! I did not recognize her face, but I do remember her name. She is a former Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. Back to the point, the ad probably wouldn't rub me one way or the other were it not for the supposed referencing of a classic Hitchcock film.
laetitia casta is famous for being one of the few french beauties to serve as the model for marianne (marianne is the symbol of france, a mythical female figure that symbolises the republic)
To me, she is channeling Lauren Bacall + Victoria Lake. Though, to be fair, Bergman did have a similar hair thing going on in “Notorious.”
Yes, she looks very LB to me too, more than like IB. She needs to put her head down just a tad more though.
Yes. She does for L'Oréal ads body stuff because of her statuesque figure. She has only recently become an actress. She is truly gorgeous.
Stupid scrambled sentence should read: 'She does ads for L'Oréal body stuff…..' LOL!
I'm just not sure that list of notes says Hitchcock's “Notorious” — or any films noirs for that matter — to me…. I'm trying to think of a more appropriate, snarky film comparison, but my brain is tired.
Yup, and then she should ask us if we know how to whistle…
I tried the Notorious last week – I really, really liked it. It won't replace my beloved Safari, but I'm going to get this when it launches.
That chocolate cosmo note is throwing me off. First of all, is it cranberry juice and chocolate? Because, ew. Also, I cannot see a Hitchcock gal drinking one. Wouldn't they drink less… girlie stuff? Finally, would they /smell/ like one?
The rest of it isn't really sounding like my thing, either. And the ad/ bottle… I could go either way.
I thought they meant the drink too, but read today on MUA that there is a flower called chocolate cosmos. So perhaps that is what they mean, or more likely, just has a random chocolate note of some sort.
It's ok, I knew what you meant
Any comparison to anything else?
Joe, it doesn't sound very film noir. My brain has been tired all week!
I think the Advert is STUNNING! Very Old School Glamourous Made Modern, The Bottle is Pure Chic and the scent sounds like it will be typically Ralph Lauren, which is to say, Classy, Elegant, Refined and Quite Lovely. this is one to go in the “HAVE TO GET “Column! I have been a fan of all Mr. Laures Fragrances (with the exception of those “Ralph” Fragrances and their endless flankers, DRECK! yet even some of those have their charm i mus say) and Adore Lauren and Safari and Romance and even the discontinued Glamourous, Which i think Mr. Lauren should relaunch (it was Luminously Lovely!) So, Here's to hoping it is as satisfying a scent as i assume it to be!
Ooh, that's a tough one. On the same day I also tested EL Sensuous and Bvlgari's Jasmine Noir. There is a warmth that is similar to both. Or maybe I was just confused by the time I tried the Sensuous.
Bottom line: I need to go back to it. I didn't pay enough attention. I'll let you know!
I thought of the flowert, but I am a gardener. Of course the flower gets it's name because it is supposed to smell of chocolate–haven't had the opportunity to experience it, myself. It's popular because of dark flowers/foliage.
(erm, Should that say it's popular because of its NOIR flowers/foliage???)
I was thinking about it last night, and I don't remember thinking it was gourmand at all. I was struck by the floral notes. Yes, Chocolate Cosmos refers to the flower, not a drink.
Sounds like you need a bottle…
Good then, hope it won't be overly sweet.
I was hoping “chocolate cosmos” was a delicious euphemism for “dark matter.” Oh well.
LOL — if and when dark matter finds its way into perfume, I'm thinking it will not be in the RL line. But never say never.
I am looking forward to smelling this. I cannot really imagine how those notes will smell together. The advertisement is really nice. She is lovely.(I do like many Ralph Lauren fragrances, so this will be fun, hope it comes out in Europe)
No, not sweet at all.
Assuming it will be in Europe — usually Lancome launches overseas before they do here — but the article didn't say.
I apologize if this has already been asked and answered, Re: distribution. This is exclusive to Bloomingdale's through August. After that will it have a wider distribution?
OMG, I wish I was a perfumer so that I could develop “dark matter accord”. What an awesome thing that would be. Have no idea what it would smell like – perhaps similar to the smell of space we were talking about a few months ago. Christopher Brosius, are you listening? We need “dark matter accord”.
Yes — after that I'm sure it will be everywhere.
He could do it!
I cant wait for this fragrance. I have had a sneeky smell of this from the head office launch in London a couple of months ago and WOW … its amazin .. like nothin else on the market. When they tell you this is what a james Bond girl would wear you can believe it. it sits more with the likes of tom ford, chloe and the chanel brands.. CANT WAIT
Interesting, just heard from someone else that it was awful. Will look forward to smelling it; perhaps it is a “love it or hate it” kind of thing.
a friend and i were walking the streets of paris late last night and we happened to come across a bunch of people filming the tv ad for this new perfume. Expect to see Laetitia Casta moving around in a sexy fashion while sitting in an old classic car on pont alexendre (a bridge near des invalides in paris).
Hey, how cool — thanks for posting! I would have thought the commercial would have been shot ages ago. I'll keep an eye out for it!