I loved the original and now she's been zshushed up (or down, as may be the case), I love her vamped up femininity. Little Ms Narciso Rodriguez's For Her has put on her pastel heels (how very on trend for S/S'12) and her best pink organza frock and sidled into the spotlight. And she is delightful.
From the subtly different box with a splurge of deep pink to the milky, opalescent pink liquid inside, For Her Eau de Parfum Delicate is resolutely billowing with musk with the faintest hint of Agar wood for a spongy, natural rawness.
To my nose and from memory, the difference between For Her Eau de Parfum Delicate and the original matt jet black bottled For Her, is in tone and strength. While the original was deliciously unsubtle (and that's why it's on my list of favourities), this invocation is lighter in mood but doubly as devastating. The added Oud knocks a decisive blow.
Like his latest S/S'12 collection, Rodriguez works on ramping up minimalism while injecting angular lines and a powerful modern femininity. In fact, Rodriguez points to his muse, Carmen Kass, as the inspiration behind these two new updated limited edition fragrances saying, "From the beginning, for her has strived to capture a woman's inherent grace and beauty in a way that's both classic and modern". (Catwalk pic from S/S'12 collection)
Certainly, both the EDT and EDP Delicate appeal to contemporary woman who cannot be stereotyped but who longs for old world grace and favour in a 21st Century blast.
"These two eau délicate fragrances revitalise what I find so addictive about musk,” says the designer, “this power that’s both cerebral and emotional—yet never aggressive or overwhelming.”
It takes a modernist to wear such musky, heady opulence with gay abandon. I'm that woman.
For Her eau delicate limited edition fragrances are available nationwide starting from £49 for 75ml EDT to £73.50 for 125ml EDP