Few people make a statement the way a pop star does. Aside from, twerking, sporting black circle pasties, or spitting from a balcony, I mean. We're talking perfume today. And in the world of pop-princess perfumes, Gaga still takes first prize when it comes to outrageousness, and am I wrong to think Nicki Minaj has a lock on bubble-gum bustiers? But Katy Perry -- first there was an exuberant purple-kitty bottle of Purr, then Meow. Now it's Killer Queen (that's the bottle, above). Details and a behind-the-scenes vid below, plus five more new scents for Fall.
Before we get to Katy Perry Killer Queen, here's a bit about some fragrances just now appearing on shelves and coming in the next few weeks:
Roses de Chloé (October): Modern and airy, the newest scent in the Chloé fragrance family introduces itself with a bergamot smile, a fresh note in a pretty rose and magnolia bouquet. White musk and amber linger longest on skin. Soft, warm and youthful, this ain't your granny's rose perfume. It's yours. (Click here to have a look at Blowing Roses, a short film from the brand in celebration of the rose.) Eau de Toilette from $85, at select Hudson's Bay, Sears, Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Jean Coutu locations.
Philosophy Giving Grace (October): Picture afternoon sunlight sparkling on fresh snow outside your double-paned window as you sit cozily draped in your cashmere blanket. Philosophy Giving Grace is kind of like that, bright with notes of winter mandarin, sweet with star jasmine, and warm with creamy musk. $55 at sephora.ca as well as select Hudson's Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
Downtown Calvin Klein: Mara Rooney (Side Effects, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is the sophisticated-ingenue face of this floral-woody scent. Citrussy top notes slip into pink peppercorn, violet leaf and gardenia petals, then settle down with Texan cedarwood, incense, vetiver and velvet musks. Light, sweet, warm and just a bit sexy, it's optimistic young Carrie Bradshaw, in her 20s, with smooth swingy hair, ambition, fresh confidence and a sleek downtown condo. You know, before her Sex-and-the-City neurosis kicked in.
Guess Girl Belle: Actress Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, Paranoia) is the face of this floriental fruity fragrance (and Johnny Depp's current girlfriend). If "floriental" and "fruity" don't tip you off, this scent is all sexy, sweet, young and fun, aimed at the cocktail crowd. Pink champagne with apple and mixed berries bubbles out first, followed by a posy of florals at the heart. Sandalwood, musk and vanilla carry the evening into the wee hours. Eau de Toilette from $45, at drugstores and Sears.
Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto: If Guess Girl Belle is about cocktails, Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto is about the after-party. Sensual, sexy, and boldy glamorous, the sweet spicy scent commands attention with sweet orchids, dark vanilla and ebony woods. This is for the woman who wears her confidence and sensuality like -- well, a Cavalli gown. Eau de parfum from $50, at Hudson's Bay, Sears, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu and London Drugs.
Katy Perry Killer Queen: The bottle is everything. You don't have to love Katy or her perfumes to keep the striking bottle on display.
But if you like a potent, addictive sweet floriental (floral + oriental) scent, crack that flacon without fear. Katy Perry Killer Queen opens with wild berry, dark plum and bergamot, blossoms with red velvet flower and natural jasmine sambac, and closes with cashmeran (a synthetic musky, powdery note designed to represent cashmere texture), natural patchouli heart and liquid praline.
According to an interview in Women's Wear Daily, Katy was influenced by Thierry Mugler's Alien and Tom Ford's Black Orchid, perfumes she likes but considers too strong for all-day wear. About Katy Perry Killer Queen she says, “It’s for someone sophisticated, who wants a little edge and can wear it all day, and still wants that sexiness.”
Power, rebellion, defying convention -- they're themes packed into Katy Perry Killer Queen (Killer Queen is also the name of the singer/songwriter's company.) “You can’t buy anything that makes you who you are, but you can highlight what you’ve already got inside you," she told WWD. "I want this particular perfume to highlight the power that’s already inside of you.”
Eau de Parfum from $39, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix until the end of October; Sears and other drugstores as of November.
Katy Perry Killer Queen campaign stills via Coty Inc.