My heart leapt with excitement and delight when I spotted a vintage mini of Anne Klein II in Mrs. Young's Sunday Stash. Here's a prime example (Opium and Cinnabar being two others) of a successful intersection between chypre and oriental-- two very distinct genres linked by their shared compatibility with fruity and floral notes. While Calvin Klein Obsession favors the oriental side of the bargain, AKII remains firmly in the chypre camp. It's drier (even its peach note speaks more of sueded skin than of sweet nectar) and features only a careful modicum of spice. But oh, the flowers, almost embarrassing in their plenitude! And oh, the civet and sandalwood on which this display is tabled! (Plus, that bottle, and that typeface-- did you ever see anything so nifty?)
If I had to arrange AKII and its kindred along a time continuum, I would say that Cinnabar occupies the bright optimistic morning... and Obsession the post-five-o'clock cocktail hour. Opium can be found lolling in late-night satin bedsheets, naturally dreaming of poppy fields and Emerald Cities. And Anne Klein II -- urbane, witty, and self-confident -- swings along the glittering boulevards during all hours in-between.
Scent Elements: Bergamot, lemon, galbanum, peach, rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, carnation, iris, sandalwood, rosewood, patchouli, amber, benzoin, civet, musk