Now, just in time for spring 2012, comes a 7th Bond No. 9 –Central Park West–inspired by the fabled thoroughfare that runs the entire two-and-a-half mile length of our greatest urban grassland, situated just across the street.
Central Park West, the fragrance, has been designed to have the grandeur and largesse of the street itself. It starts off with a springtime wakeup call: Narcissus mingled with tangy ylang ylang and a pinch of piquant pepper. Then comes a beckoning white-petal mélange–orris, jasmine, and linden–surrounding their centerpiece, majestic gardenia. Sustaining and enriching this bouquet is an enduring base of white oak and vetiver, combined with the animal whiff of musk.
The Central Park West bottle captures the essence both of the neighborhood and the season. Against a pistachio background is a classic but oversize houndstooth check pattern (as pedigreed as the local architecture), updated here in purple–adding pizzazz. And wound around the neck is a gift–a detachable, double-row bracelet of pink beads with a big pink floral blossom, which, like the coveted flower on last spring’s Madison Square Park, can be worn on its own as a brooch.