Saturday, January 22, 2011
Richard James ( Savile Row)
A masculine tuberose frag? Hmmm.....Tuberose is like everlasting flower ( to me) in the sense that it can easily permeate every note within its grasp. It's a tricky one to implement and not have it dominate the entire composition. That aside, after multiple wearings of Richard James, I can only conclude that this is an elegant, serious scent for evenings out and wearing formal attire. There's quite a few classy masculines out there to be tried and had, so I can now add Savile Row to the list. I should also mention that the name is simply Richard James ( 2003 version ) and the "Savile Row" is used to avoid confusion with it's other release called Richard James.
The tuberose note is mildly apparent from the initial application and becomes more obvious as the wearing ensues. On me it is center stage, but it doesn't strong-arm the composition. All the other players seem to augment the tuberose and are tangible silhouettes to the floral theme from the beginning. The opening is a spicy citrus accord that leans orange. There's a subtle woodiness here as well and this, along with the spice contributions from basil, ginger and rosemary, all stay at the same volume. It's like they are standing directly behind the tuberose and its floral cohorts of muguet and rose.
The Lily and rose are light implementations and gives way to a slowly emerging cardamom. A suede note from the base accord helps this along and these notes never really succumb to the earthy base that's listed. At least on me they don't. The extended drydown is pleasant and consists of very low key notes of patchouli, vetiver, musk, moss, sandal and tobacco. As an entity, these smell nice and are basically a skin scent. They all apparently blend as one on my skin and are assuredly blurred as far as individual notes go. Even at this stage, the tuberose is still right in the mix with them and its volume is commensurate with the others.
Richard James "Savile Row" is an elegant, spicy floral with woody undertones. Is it fantastic? Show me a truly "fantastic" masculine and I'll show you something you can't even find on ebay......or perhaps you can, if you're willing to take out a second mortgage. I'd classify this fragrance in the "Very Good" category and is one of the better masculine florals that I've come across. This is superior to Tenere as far as I'm concerned...and Tenere is a quality fragrance. Big thumbs up for Richard James and his tuberose factory.