Friday, October 22, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana by Dolce & Gabbana (1992, aka Red Cap)

I went through a couple of bottles of Dolce & Gabbana and at least one body lotion during the late nineties, which was not a small achievement considering a) I already had a reasonable collection at the time, and b) it was the parfum de toilette concentration, which packed quite a punch. If you happened to share an elevator with me back then, please accept my apology.

Dolce & Gabbana doesn't smell like a creature of the early nineties. It's big, very perfumy, floral, has a massive aldehydic opening and smells larger than life. Like the designing duo's fashion creations it is meant to be noticed and is not meant for the timid. Think of Dolce & Gabbana's use of floral prints, especially romantic roses,  in ultra-sexy dresses. Basically, that's what Dolce & Gabbana perfume smells like.

It's also powdery, musky and has a huge bouquet of creamy carnations somewhere in the middle. Even the green tendrils hanging of it for dear life and the more intellectual marigold can't stop Dolce & Gabbana from feeling like the reputation tarnished sister of Caron. And you know she's having fun every step of the way, as would you, if you dare to wear it.

Dolce & Gabbana is still widely available, though I've only come across it in the EDT concentration which is too shrilly for my taste. Older bottle of the PDT and even the extrait de parfum (my favorite) still pop up here and there.

Dolce & Gabbana perfume ad from 1999, featuring a 19 year old Gisele Bundchen butchering a tomato (what in the world?) from
Model Elsa Benitez in a 1996 Dolce & Gabbana fashion ad


  1. Looking back on the ads you wonder what people were on when they shot them.

  2. I wore Dolce & Gabbana in my mid 20s. Loved it, made me feel very confident and sexy. I'm considering getting a bottle again.

  3. I love these ads, especially the second one - hilariously inappropriate yet still so right for the brand, so tongue-in-cheek and so sexy. The commercial for Sicily with Monica Bellucci is gorgeous, trashy and scandalous in exactly the same way.


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