Just in time for the 80th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s birthday (August 6, 1928), Laurice Rahmé introduces the 3rd fragrance in Bond No. 9’s Warhol series, Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue. Think pre-Pop years in 1950s New York, when he lived in the first of several apartments on Lexington Avenue and plied his trade as a prolific illustrator—mainly of imaginative shoes. Hence the Warhol-designed mélange of exclamation-point heels and high-button boots that covers the flacon. Lush and unapologetically seductive, Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue dares (perhaps for the first time in perfumery) to link two of the most ultra-feminine commodities a woman can own, fragrance and footwear. For the holiday season, limited-edition flacons ($575) will feature Robert Lee Morris sterling silver shoe pendants of Warhol’s shoe designs—four of them—on a sterling silver chain.
Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue will be available in September 2008 and is available in two sizes: 100ml ($195) and 50ml ($135), at Bond No. 9’s four New York City boutiques, www.bondno9.com and at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Depicted on the Bond No. 9 superstar bottle is a Warholian fantasy collage of shoes and boots, as commissioned by I. Miller, in rich, saturated colors. The overall effect is witty and sophisticated—as assured as the high-stepping optimism of the mid-century America of Warhol’s shoe-illustrating years.
Limited-edition flacon ($575) featuring Robert Lee Morris sterling silver shoe pendants of Warhol’s shoe designs—four of them—on a sterling silver chain.
- Crisp yet elusive BLUE CYPRESS (Attention, fragrance scholars: Here we have a rare example of a wood as a top note)
- Smoky, licorice-like FENNEL, hinting of a tall glass jar of old-fashioned twizzlers
- CARDAMOM—the curry spice in a lusty, provocative mood
- ROASTED ALMONDS—the mind-numbing key component of marzipan
- Impudently beautiful PINK PEONY
- FLORENTINE ORRIS—the intoxicating root of the lovely iris flower, living up to its reputation as a sultry love potion
- CRÉME BRULEE so lusty it slithers out of its little ramekin
- PIMENTO BERRY, expressing its true peppery nature once it’s released from the confines of the olive
- Paradoxical PATCHOULI—sweet, dark, and haunting all at once
- SANDALWOOD that seduces as it soothes