NON HO PAURA : : : FENDI by FENDI (1985)


Whenever my younger sister wore this classic scent, which I bought for her one birthday, many moons ago, as I had always loved its caustic, Venetian baroque; its leathery, honeyed spice; the taut, Machiavellian roses and carnations (could a scent possibly smell more Italian?), people strangely always asked her if she had been down the pub, sensing on her skin (usually so lovely in her sweet, vanillic choices) some sodden beer mat and cigarette-butt quality that suggested she had just spent the night face down in a brewery. I found this quite hilarious: it must just have been a reaction with her skin chemistry, an odd anomaly that I got quite wrong (although she loved it too, and kept persevering with it) because to me, this zinging creature – the fur-whipped, clove-budded zenith of the mid-eighties Coco aesthetic, is one of the best spiced florals there ever was: surely perfect for a glamorous, big-earringed vamp like my sibling. A little dated now in style, perhaps (discontinued, but still available if you look and all the more reason to wear it), but to me, still, in this age of dull, prettified fake flower conservatism, an extravagant, dry little thing with real sass: ass: and sumptuous, La Scala verve.


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8 responses to “NON HO PAURA : : : FENDI by FENDI (1985)

  1. Another one to Chase. My first etage in The scent armoire has been almost doubled, since making your acquaintance. Some to cherish, Some to wear, according to my many moods. My nose is having a hayday!

  2. PS this one or Irisia? Or both? Irisia struck me as a dependable but underestimated diva.

    • Exactly. Irisia is really uplifting and gorgeous, vintage Fendi (apparently the newer version is thinner) is still scratchy and almost fizzily spicy, a lot more bitchy. As I say, it apparently smelled very wrong on my sister, though I always liked it whenever I smelled it on anyone else.

  3. I try The Fendi. Love the Scala connection. I Was And am a big Earring lover. Fendi for a smoking gun spaghetti Western style. Love to make tracks with my parfum! Thank you signore G.

  4. Loved the way this scent smells. Always made me think of furs and heavy gold jewelry; very 80’s, very noticeable, very confident scent.
    They just do not make scents like this anymore. We have a severe lack of BIG scents in the world these days.

  5. fuckyouelegance

    Extravagant spice laden leathers, of smoky effusions and macho tendencies. So brazen and dramatic.One of the most proud and will never ever be again.
    The coriander is so heavy coupled with ambered vanilla and woody patchouli. Belleza suprema.

    • I hope you go out at night, drenched in the stuff

      • fuckyouelegance

        It felt like I could watch the world burn whenever I wear this. So much power and sass. I just wish I could get a hold of her sisters (L’arte di Gucci, KL by Lagerfeld and Teatro alla Scala). There’s something about these Italian medals that exude fullness of composition.

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