Versace Perfumes: Spotlight Scent for Every Star

This haute Italian design house is world famous thanks to the innovative and daring designs of Gianni Versace in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Moving into the beauty sector was a natural Must for this exclusive clothing brand. Over the past 20 years, Versace has branched out into accessories and home design, but fragrance was one of the first sub-sectors of exploration by Gianni and Donatella Versace in the early 1990s. The Versace brand has created well-known colognes for men and perfumes for women like Versace Signature, the Versus line of perfumes, Bright Crystal, Dreamer and Versace Pour Homme.

With a wide variety of scents for both men and women ranging from sweet to strong, one can always count on finding the right Versace fragrance. One of the most famous perfumes launched by Versace in 1996 is The Dreamer Cologne for both men and women. A strong eccentric unisex scent, it starts off with an herbal fusion of gin and tonic, and mellows into notes of juniper, artemisia, tarragon, linen seed flowers, tobacco, amber, lily, and iris. The final overall scent becomes almost soapy with undertones of chocolate and powdered sugar.

Some of the earlier Versace perfumes in the Versus line, including the much-loved Versus by Gianni Versace in the red bottle (now discontinued), have been granted a second life. Coordinated with the launch of the capsule collection of the same name headed by British designer Christopher Kane in 2009, Versace has recently revived its Versace Versus fragrance line created by perfumer Nathalie Lorson. Donatella Versace claims the latest version of the Versus fragrance is, “pure energy... expressing the strong contrast of romantic yet tough femininity.” Inspired by the romantic notes of the original fragrance released in 1992, this fresh Versace Versus perfume offers dynamic notes like kumquat, star apple, rose and patchouli followed by lemon, orange blossom, stephanotis, musk and ambrette seeds.

Alberto Morillas, famed master perfumer known for creating Aqua di Parma Colonia Intensa and numerous other colognes for major fashion houses like Armani, Thierry Mugler and Givenchy, began his collaboration with Versace in 2006 as the “nose” of the Versace perfume Versace Bright Crystal. Its gem-like pink bottle holds a soft, luminous fragrance of fruity notes like pomegranate and yuzu blossoming into peony and magnolia, with fresh lotus balancing the intensity and sweetness of the floral accords. The rich base boasts amber notes extracted from plants, musk and red woods.

Morillas is also the nose behind the eau de toilette Versace Pour Homme. An aromatic fragrance for men, Versace Pour Homme, launched in 2008, features top notes of citrus, neroli, bergamot and petit grain blending into middle notes of hyacinth, clary sage, cedar and geranium, and finishing with base notes of tonka bean, musk and amber.

The latest Versace perfume, Vanitas created by Dora Baghriche-Arnaud, was released in 2011 and advertised by the model Lindsey Wixson. A luminous and fresh cologne, Vanitas features notes of lime, tiare and freesia along with a pleasant and sensual trail of tonka and woody accords of cedar.


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