The latest releases from Prada created by Daniela Andrier, La Femme et L’Homme Prada, are blurring the gender lines — a concept which is perfectly captured and epitomized in the brand’s campaign video. With starkly elegant packaging that mimics the texture of Saffiano leather goods, these fragrances are “designed to take the wearer on a voyage through place, memory and time, where somehow there appears a sensual meeting point for these distinct female and male fragrances to consummate an aesthetic relationship through experimentation and tradition” Umm, Okay.
What that really means, is that neither is overly ‘masculine’ or typically ‘feminine’, but perhaps an amalgamation of both. So basically, this is telling me that I can pick up a bottle for my guy and then conveniently borrow it (or vice versa, to be fair).
…I can’t stop watching this video …
Prada Le Femme Eau de Parfum (CAN $165.00/100 ml) | Described as a warm floriental, La Femme has effectively married the freshness of flowers with the almost milky warmth of honey, creating a fragrance that is at once demure and rather ladylike, but with a sly little twist coming at you once it begins to settle in. As someone who’s not always had the best track record with florals, I actually really love how the creaminess of the beeswax rounds out any sharp edges and turns the Iris found here into something even I can wear.
- Frangipani flower
Prada L’Homme Eau de Toilette (CAN $142.00/100 ml) | An interesting combination that includes the citrus notes of neroli, the warmth of pepper, and the floral acidity of Iris, this fragrance surprised me by its powdery opening; totally unexpected in a man’s scent. Once L’Homme begins to warm up along the skin, it then reveals another — perhaps even more animalistic side, with a woody muskiness coming through to linger and possibly stir things up a bit, if you know what I mean.
- Tonka Bean
I have a massive love affair going on with fragrance and I’m always on the hunt for “the one”, although as my tastes change and evolve, so do my preferences. Time of year and the season will also dictate which way I’ll lean, and frequently I like changing things up by mixing & matching. Which brings me to what makes both La Femme and L’Homme so compelling; their use of non-stereotypical ingredients in each that has in turn created something that’s so reflective of today’s time & place in the world. Oh, and you can totally layer them together too … just don’t be alarmed if you get people leaning in real close.
PS: did I mention how amazing either would be for Valentine’s Day? #hinthint
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Media samples kindly provided, all opinions are my own