For the limited edition of Kingdom summer fragrance, Alexander McQueen drew on the theme of ancient Greece, which also appeared in his spring/summer 2006 fashion collection. The flacon is graced by the images of Aphrodite and Galatea. The perfume is the EDT formulation of the original sultry EDP, with notes of bergamot, mandarin, jasmine, ginger, pink pepper and myrrh. Although the summer versions rarely inspire me, Kingdom Summer seems quite interesting. I do confess to finding the original quite intriguing.
Actually, I recently came across two summer limited editions that were quite lovely: one was by Van Cleef & Arpels and another by Boucheron. Based on the peony flower, First pour l’Eté from Van Cleef & Arpels retains the aldehydic floral heart of the original jasmine rich First, however the drydown is marked by the transparent fruitiness. However, my favorite summer edition turned to be Boucheron Eau Légère, an apricot sweetened floriental take on the opulence of the original. If the original takes me into a ballroom of the Winter Palace, Eau Légère offers a stroll through the gardens of Tsarskoe Selo, a beloved summer residence of Russian monarchy. In fact, I would be tempted to wear Boucheron Eau Légère all year round.
Photos and notes via Moodiereport.