Here's a partial list of Gianfranco Ferre perfumes from the last three decades: Ferre (1984), Ferre by Ferre (1991), Ferre (2005), Ferre for Men (2006), Ferre Rose (2007), GF Ferre (for her/for him, 2004), GFF (his/hers, 1998), Gianfranco Ferre (1984). See the problem?
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to keep up, so let's make one thing clear: we're talking about Pierre Bourdon's 2005 creation for Gianfranco Ferre. The one that comes in the bottle you see in this ad:
Ferre opens up floral. Very floral, actually. But it's also sweet and cozy, with a fruity jammy yellow magnolia note, if that makes any sense. Instead of pearls and powdery pink twinsets you get a warm hug. The iris here is somewhat sugared, and is far more floral than my favorite dry and bitter variety, but it's so pretty and still has an irisy backbone even under a layer of pineapple jam, that it's hard not to fall for the charm.
Ferre has an assertive sillage that fades after about an hour. I can still smell it in the air of my bedroom a while after spraying, hanging there like the sun filtering through the sheer floral curtains. It's a perfect morning fragrance, like a kiss on the cheek and a loved one wishing you a wonderful joyful day.
Notes: bergamot, iris leaves, honeydew melon, pineapple, freesia, iris petals, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, magnolia, basmati rice, Florentine iris root, amber, vanilla.
Ferre by Gianfranco Ferre is easy to find online from various sources at a very reasonable price. Do make sure that you know which Ferre you're buying. Some retailers use stock photos that might not be of the correct perfume.
Art by Marcia Baldwin.