Norman Norell was a prominent fashion/costume designer in the '40s and '50s known for his elegant and tailored pieces. Ahead of his time, Norell was one of the first American designers to be welcomed into the Parisian fashion scene, because of his ability to take American women’s ready-to-wear and turn it into high couture.
What I love most about Norell, was his flair for wearable glamour. He was able to create pieces that could fit into a woman’s lifestyle while still helping them to stand out (Marilyn Monroe was often spotted in Norman Norell’s creations). His simple but dramatic designs were often accented by fur. In fact, Norell was the inventor of fur slacks. How much more chic (and warm) can you get?! Norell was not afraid to push the limits. Many of his designs would combine various materials like fur AND sequins. I imagine that wearing a Norman Norell creation made you feel like a living breathing work of art (more The Birth of Venus, less a Monet).
Not to be out done in any category, Norman Norell was also the first American fashion designer to produce a successful fragrance. That fragrance, Norell, has recently been re-imagined for the next generation and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle. This scent did not disappoint! The immaculate, but simple packaging teases the old Norell feel. The gold wrapped neck and the elegant rectangular bottle gives me 1920s nostalgia for all things glamorous. But by far, I was most impressed by the perfume itself. The scent is masculine enough to appeal to my alpha woman side (an appropriate combination of Vanilla, Sandalwood and Musk stood out to me), but feminine enough to compliment my new sequined and fur sheath dress. Norell will be in heavy rotation during these summer months!