REVIEW

A Carnation Lover’s Dream: Diana Vreeland’s Devastatingly Chic

Dayum, girl was my exact thought when I saw a bottle of Diana Vreeland’s Devastatingly Chic for the first time. It is chic, and devastatingly so. My second thought was, This simply must live on my beauty shelf, making it one of the few plans that I actually followed through with this year. Joking—I burned through my New Year’s Resolutions with tremendous speed, but that’s only because they included such laughable resolves as “Go to the movies by yourself” and “Don’t order takeout more than once a week.” Talk about #goals.

Like the woman who inspired it, Devastatingly Chic is daring, empowering, and stylish AF. The debonair, yellow, tourmaline vessel plays home to the most unique scent to come from the brand’s current range, abounding in spicy carnation and rose accords. The tiny flecks of leather and tobacco render it appropriate for masculine wrists, while hints of mandarin, pink pepper, and vanilla speak to a more feminine side. The smouldering blend of woody notes and patchouli creates a warm, pleasant finish. The scent has good silage, and even better longevity—it will stay with you all day. And the best bit of all? It’s guaranteed to make you feel very, very expensive, darling.

If you’re into carnation, it’s a winner. If you’re into feeling like you’re constantly en route to the country club, then this, my friend, is the scent for you. While Diana is known to have infamously said: “The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it,” a bottle of Devastatingly Chic certainly doesn’t hurt in a lifelong journey towards elegance.

Embrace your inner Vreeland and buy a bottle for yourself (or your loved one) here. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Words, Madeleine Woon. Photography, Ellen Virgona.

  • J Gia

    I wish you had done the “If ___ fragrance was a mood….” etc list for all of the perfumes. Lovely imagery!