MY PRISTINE BEAU: VETIVER BABYLONE by ARMANI PRIVE (2008)

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Continuing on our theme of blameless young men and their faultless, light colognes (see Signoricci and Original Vetiver), we find ourselves today revisiting Vétiver Babylone, a perfume that forms part of the Armani Privé Collection, one of the most overtly superbist lines in the world of perfume: at least four times as expensive as his regular scents, immaculately blended and housed in stylishly low key flacons of African Kotibe wood; scents that always smell rich, soigné, but never stray beyond the faultlines of taste; never take that extra risk that would make them smell truly exciting. Like a made-to-measure suit, his clients can swan into the Armani boutique, have their scent chosen from one of the muted, glorious blends in the selection; put their trust in his wise, been-there done-that, jet-setting hands.

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One can easily imagine Signore Giorgio some afternoon in June, with a young, exquisitely dressed and handsome companion…

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