Imagine a peaceful fishing village on the Italian Riviera with a population of 4931; what do you see?
Turquoise waters littered with boats? Tall, warm-toned buildings on the side of a lush mountain? Bustling markets, people going into the many churches, and café on the docks?
Now, add a honeymooning Avril Lavigne to the picture and you’re thinking of Portofino, the 2.6 km2 village that serves as a popular destination for celebrities and artists alike1. Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are two such creators, inspired by the serene beauty of the area to make a perfume named for the exotic destination. When Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino came out in 2012 their spring and summer runway was inspired by the idea of small towns like the perfume’s namesake, displayed on models wearing wicker sandals to the sound of “Mambo Italiano2.” The official version below has a different soundtrack, but perhaps you could open up iTunes to Bette Midler in another window and get the same effect.
I don’t know about you, but for me there’s something attractive in the easiness that D&G projected in this show and accompanying perfume – an easy scent with a unique twist.
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The romantic, easy-going vibe of Italy is captured perfectly in the Light Blue line. The original, dating back to 2001, comes from famous nose Olivier Cresp (Thierry Mugler Angel, Versace Eros Pour Femme, and Nina Ricci’s Nina and its many iterations) and evokes the spirit of the Sicilian summer4. Later renditions elicit images of life in the boot-shaped country: Discover Vulcano, Escape to Panarea, Living Stromboli, Sunset in Salina, and Swimming in Lipari. The names alone make me want to book a one-way ticket on Alitalia!
Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino comes in a cardboard box decorated with a picturesque wraparound image of the sea. The bottle is the same shape as the original, and is available in 100ml, 50ml, and 25ml formats. The main difference from the original in terms of appearance is that the cap is a snowy white instead of light blue, the glass body is transparent instead of frosted, and the juice inside is icy blue instead of off-yellow. I think this is a vast improvement on the overall appearance, and adore the sleek bottle except for the fingerprint retentive chrome finish on the neck.
Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino opens with a type of fruitiness that unlike many fragrances that appear to be inspired by fruit salad is approachable and unique. The fruit here is some kind of citrus (grapefruit?) and something tropical like litchi, resulting in a cocktail-like smell. The heart begins with a strong iris background that borders on a little patchouli, and is actually musky and airy like a mountain summit surrounded by the sky and beautiful flowers on a steep drop. A small peppery note that registers as soft sand rounds the composition, making it rather unisex despite the fun fruitiness up top. It paints the picture of a sweet drink on holiday, enjoying the last rays of sun after a day spent in complete relaxation and hiking.
Verdict: Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino is so unusual in a market that likes to throw a ‘summer’ label on anything fruity and call it a day. Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino reads like a dream in itself, an under spoken composition that drifts in wasps of fragrance instead of clouds. It lasts about 4-5 hours on the skin, and is completely evocative of the mellow lifestyle it embodies. Thanks to FragranceNet.com for the chance to try it out!
3FragranceNet.com: D & G Light Blue Dreaming In Portofino Edt for Women by Dolce & Gabbana. Prices true at time of writing.
4Fragrantica: D&G Light Blue Dolce & Gabbana for women
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