Paco Rabanne Black XS L’Exces

by Katie on March 8, 2012

On paper Paco Rabanne should be a cool name. Responsible for cutting edge sci-fi chic in the Sixties, including Jane Fonda’s way-out wardrobe in ‘Barbarella’, and recently revived by Indian designer Manish Arora, the house of Rabanne has a whole lot of heritage at its disposal.
Unfortunately, this brand has been devalued over the years by a surfeit of cheap licensed product, and you can’t move at Christmas time without hitting something stamped with the Paco Rabanne trademark. This is probably why Iggy Pop has been drafted in as the face of Paco Rabanne Black XS L’Exces and why Paco Rabanne’s Creative Director, Manish Arora, is slowly clawing back the brand back to fashion acceptability (See A/W’12 catwalk pic below)
Once upon a time everything about Iggy screamed rock and roll, from a see-through plastic trousered performance at a Versace catwalk show to a recent collaboration with Brazilian psychedelic rock band, Os Mutantes, Iggy was practically punk cool personified – until the insurance adverts.
Teaming with the theme, the fragrance bottle features its own heavy metal in the shape of two rose and skull charms, and a suitably gothic typeface. So far, so-so. What lets the side down is the juice itself, which is, well…nice. Polite even. Billed as a “woody aromatic” the top notes of Calabrian Lemon and Lavender evoke a fresh Amalfi breeze, and slightly overwhelm a scant Amber and Patchouli base which becomes a touch more prominent on the dry-down. This is an amiable youthful scent at odds with the ageing rocker in the advertising and, as is the fickleness of youth, doesn’t hang around for long.
Sweet yet far from unpleasant, although I get the feeling that I’m a good twenty years beyond the fragrance’s target demographic, Paco Rabanne Black XS L’Exces is a product with an identity crisis.
Forget Iggy. Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel is the perfect frontman for this ersatz rock and roll fragrance.
Review written by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah Blog.

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jenningsroger64 May 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

Paco Rabanne range of perfumes are very popular in the fashion industry.


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