Years ago I remember my grandmother wearing Norell, the fragrance from the American fashion designer, Norman Norell. So I was happy to hear that it was being remastered by perfumer Celine Barel.. Now called Norell New York, this new Eau de Parfum maintains the Green Floral signature of the original Norell but has a modern day twist. Norell New York has 200 jasmine petals in each bottle and Barel made the key notes just like the original, Galbanum and Orris Butter, as a nod to the iconic scent. I love jasmine, it is my favorite scent, so I knew I was going to love Norell New York!
Norell New York has nuances of Mandarin, Pear and Bergamot. It has middle notes of an airy floral bouquet: Jasmin Absolute and sheer peony which brings a cool and soft femininity to the galbanum. The dry down is divine with Iris Pallida concrete, which is one of the most noble and expensive ingredients in perfumery. It is warm, velvety and voluptuous. The contrast is Vetiver, with its deep woody undertones that leave a sensational trail to the scent. The woman who wears it is unforgettable. “Norell New York is a fragrance for women who want glamour to seem effortless and for American trendsetters”, says Celine Barel.
Personally, I think it smells divine. The jasmine definitely shines through immediately upon application. Yes it is a green floral, but I do think that the fruity top notes are overshadowed by the floral middle notes. I don’t really smell them much at all. I love the dry down too. It is still floral but it is a deep floral that lingers, makes you think of a beautiful spring day in a flower garden in Greece. I love this scent. I would wear it every day if I could, just for the jasmine alone. I love jasmine and the Jasmin Absolute in this scent makes it so rich and luscious that it embodies the scent completely.
Actress Riley Keough is the face of the fragrance. She is the ultimate embodiment of the Norell woman. Riley wears the original Norman Norell designs that look as modern today as they did when they were created. She has inherited her grandfather Elvis Presley’s legendary magnetism and her mother Lisa Marie Presley’s classic beauty, making her the perfect fit for the Norell New York fragrance campaign. “I went on a Wikipedia trail while researching Norell, and developed an enormous interest in him and his work — so I feel very honored to be able to be a part the reinvention of a timeless American classic fragrance like this. I love the Parfum, but I really love the oil. The scent is softer, and you can put it on your whole body without it being too overwhelming.” – Riley Keough
Michael Avedon, famed photographer Richard Avedon’s grandson, shot the campaign. The images strike a balance between effortless chic and glamour. His work evokes a sense of nostalgia with its unique timeless quality. Together Riley and Michael represent a new age of iconic style, beauty and artistry: the essence of Norell New York. “One of the most extraordinary photos in my grandfather’s career was taken of Marilyn Monroe wearing a stunning sequined Norell dress, so for the campaign I wanted to keep a sense of the elegance of that time in fashion, while putting forth the youthful vitality of the 21st century. Working with Riley was an absolute pleasure. She had a wonderfully eloquent impulse for the camera.” – Michael Avedon
The collection consists of the following: Eau de Parfum, Body Cream, Body Oil and a limited edition Baccarat crystal bottle of Parfum. There are only 500 bottles of the Baccarat bottle made. It is a rare treat for the French company to create pieces for an American company, so this is a very special bottle. Each bottle is individually numbered, adding to its rarity. The Baccarat bottle is beautifully crafted with a sense of nostalgia in mind, bringing the best of the past forward.
- EAU DE PARFUM (3.4 FL. OZ./100 mL): $150
- BODY CREAM (6.7 OZ. / 189 g): $95
- BODY OIL (8.0 FL. OZ. / 240 mL): $80
- LIMITED-EDITION BACCARAT CRYSTAL BOTTLE PARFUM (1.7 FL. OZ.): $1,500
Norell New York is available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus stores nationwide and online at www.bergdorfgoodman.com and www.neimanmarcus.com.
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