The Met Gala Of Perfumes
Lady Gaga at The Met Gala© Getty
Each year the most fashionable charity event is The Met Gala (held the first Monday in May) is hosted by the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and a star -studded celebs walk the red carpet. However, this year The Met Gala is postponed due to corona virus. Each Met Gala (held at the Metropolitan Museum in New York) has a theme; 2020 was supposed to be “About Time: Fashion and Duration”; tracing the history of fashion from 1870 to the present. Since all festivities is on hold, here at perfume.com we chose iconic fragrances from the past to the present that make a statement.
In 1912, Empress Josephine was known for her daring necklines and empire waist gowns. If any a historic figure would love the Met Gala it would be Josephine. It is believed she commissioned The House of Houbigant to create her perfume. Capture her romantic and imperial style with Quelques Fleurs, a blend of soft, sensual florals created in 1912 redolent of orange blossom, orchids, carnations and roses with a ambery drydown. Quelques Fleurs’ longevity and timeless popularity are indisputable.
The Roaring 20s was the age of women’s emancipation and young ladies known as flappers wore short skirts, men’s trousers, cut their long hair and danced the Charleston. Men wore tuxedos, went to speakeasies where they caroused until dawn while listening to the newest musical rage… Guerlain’s Shalimar Perfume created in 1925 was the most scandalous perfume of its time, The Met Gala of Orientals. Women fell for Rudolph Valentino brooding looks, but it was Ernest Hemingway’s sporty, masculine style was emblematic of the age Havana by Aramis is a boozy, tobacco infused cologne that is sensual and masculine.
1940s: In 1944, after World War II Femme Rochas was created by Edmond Roudnitska and is unarguably one of the sexiest women’s perfumes of all time. This fruity chypre was commissioned by the designer Marcel Rochas for his third wife and the flacon was modeled on Mae West’s voluptuous figure. Femme is the Met Gala of statement perfumes.
The 1950s is often referred to as the golden age of fragrance and fashion. It was an age of everyday glamour, when women wore gloves and never left the house without makeup. The little black dress made its appearance on housewives and movie stars alike and men wore open necked shirts and slim cut pants. It was also a time for rebellion, the beginning of rock and roll and young men emulated James Dean as young girls rolled the cuffs of their jeans and wore pedal pushers as they swooned as Elvis gyrated on the stage. To capture the grace of the 50s, L’air Du Temps with its carnation and iris notes and peach nuances could have been worn by Doris Day. For classic 50s men, nothing beats the clean and bracing Old Spice.
The 60s was an era of Peace Love and Rock and Roll. Wear a flower in your hair. Patchouli oil was popular. Wear a haute hippie scent with L’Artisan Parfumeur Patchouli Patch is a sophisticated take on the earthy scent of head shop patchouli. Composed with real patchouli oil, soft osmanthus, white musk, star anise, and caraway,it’s the Met Gala of Patchouli.
The 1970s were full of musky and floral fragrances. Jovan Musk for Men is a cologne with a great balance of masculine musk and lime, softened slightly by mint and lavender.
80 s Excess: Big hair and big shoulder pads called for big perfume. More was More. Giorgio Beverly Hills was introduced in 1981 and is the Met Gala of Florals. A Floral bouquet of jasmine and gardenia was surrounded by sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, amber, cedar, oakmoss and musk. This perfume represented luxury and was so long-lasting, it was often banned from restaurants due to its intensity.
1990s: Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani who dresses many of the celebrities at the Met Gala, was created in 1996. It is the number one best-selling men’s cologne in America and was the first men’s fragrance created by the renowned Italian Designer. Its fresh aquatic scent evokes Mediterranean breezes and is perfect for warm weather.
The early 2000s brought celebrity scents. One of the most popular of all time is Glow by J.Lo. Stores couldn’t keep it in stock! J.Lo is a regular on the Met Gala red carpet. Soft and feminine, with notes of citrus, rose, and white florals, Glow is housed in a sensuous bottle reminiscent of her curvy silhouette…
2010-present: In the past, niche fragrances were for a select few.. French niche brand M. Micallef creates a sparkling floral that shines bright and light, with their Black Ananda. Created by Geoffrey Nejman and Jean-Claude Astier, it opens with citrus top notes of bitter orange and lemon accented by a slightly sweeter plum. Sparkling aldehydes tease like bubbles in a crystal flute of Perrier-Jouet Champagne. Perfect while chatting at the Met Gala