Maison Martin Margiela (or MMM as the house’s loyalists call it) has established a reputation for introducing avant-garde, intelligent clothing season after season. Apparel that question form and function vis-a-vis design aesthetics, with a dramatic deconstructed sensibility. Taking the same approach to fragrances, MMM launched the Replica collection in 2010. Each Replica fragrance carries poetic sounding memories, intended to evoke the sense of a specific time and place. Today, I’d like to take you on an olfactory journey, to one Lazy Sunday Morning.
Lazy Sunday Morning strikes a poignant note in me, and is one of my favorite feeling in this world. Waking up on a cool morning, lying atop crisp sheets, and because MMM has situated us in Florence one can only imagine the waft of fresh orange blossoms in the distance. Time stands still, and with nowhere to be but the present, lounging with breakfast in bed. The year is 2003 and we are all more than a decade younger. This is a crisp cologne with a sharp initial burst that gives way to a soft gauzy wrap. It is described as “soft skin and bed linen”, which reinforces the imagery of the fragrance, but it is so much more.
Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning starts out with a burst of sweet orange blossoms, fruity pear, and a floral bouquet of roses, lily of the valley and iris. But life, takes over soon enough, and we are no longer smelling of fresh clean sheets and the morning dawn, but a musky woody character starts to develop. At the heart is patchouli augmented by white musk, although their warmth is very muted and the distinct metallic tang of aldehydes make its presence known, lifting the entire fragrance and keeping things light-hearted.
What I have here is the new rollerball version of the Eau de Toilette. In case you were wondering, the original fragrance comes in a spray and is available in 100ml. I always prefer the more even dispersion of a spray, but somehow, for a scent like Lazy Sunday Morning with all its allusions to bare skin and sheets, a rollerball seems fit. As the fragrance settles down, it remains fairly close to the skin with just the barest whisper of sillage, perfect for the heat wave that’s been going around! And for an EDT, it stays on my skin for an impressively long time.
Have you tried anything from Maison Martin Margiela?
This post featured a product that was kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own personal, unbiased views.