Alaia Paris Eau de Parfum ($116 for 1.6 oz; $150 for 3.3 oz; saksfifthavenue.com) is the first and newest fragrance launch by Tunisian born Parisian Couturier Azzedine Alaia, a beautiful floral musk composition with notes of airy pink pepper, freesia, violet, white musk, leather and rose.
The packaging is gorgeous in black and gold. The bottle is weighty, luxurious and very classy. Alaia opens up with very floral notes of peony and rose, with a hint of the pink pepper. As it dries down, I get more of the violet, mixed in with the creamy musk and leather. The dry down is quite unique with hints of both musk and the florals, very cozy for fall yet quite sweet without moving into the cloying territory. I found the longevity to be quite good, 6-7 hours on a not so hot and humid day. Alaia is more of a grown up scent, definitely one to add to your fall fragrance list if you like slightly heavier scents that get softer as the day goes by. The pink pepper definitely adds a unique zestiness that comes out once in a while, but everything else about Alaia is just as it is described to be - sophisticated, soft and a good classic floral musk that you just can’t go wrong with for this time of the year.