Flipping though a 1987 issue of Vogue magazine brought back all sorts of memories of my life in the 80s. It seems so many lifetimes away, but most of the 1980s for me was spent in corporate banking; working downtown and sporting shoulder-padded power suits. Egad. Considering that I am more of a Bohemian at heart, it was probably an aberration. I have since returned happily to my more laid-back style, thank God!
The perfume ads really caught my eye. Perfume was HUGE in the 80s – the more powerful, the better. Of course I got caught up in the scent craziness of the decade, everyone did. The workplace reeked of heavy perfume, but we all wore it so there wasn’t much complaining. You weren’t dressed for work unless you sprayed yourself with a good dousing of perfume. You felt naked without it. Here are some of the favorite perfumes that I wore:
Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. Hands down my absolute favorite! I started wearing Opium in 1983, have worn it consistently since then. It is one of the only perfumes I wear that I get comments on all the time, “you smell so GOOD!”. I do believe that YSL made in specifically for me in mind, it is so tailor-made to my body chemistry. If they ever stop making it, I will have to go into extreme hoarding mode.
Paloma Picasso ‘Mon Parfum’ by Paloma Picasso. She seemingly came out of nowhere, and suddenly she was EVERYWHERE in the 80s. So of course, we all wore her perfume – she is a Picasso, after all. I can’t remember what this actually smelled like though. I guess her name eclipsed her perfume.
Bijan by Bijan. The ubiquitous Bijan. Who was this guy anyway?! He always looked like he was having fun in the ads – grinning mightily and surrounded by lively models. He, too, was everywhere. So of course we all had to buy his perfume. It was a really strong scent as I remember. I wonder what happened to ol’ Bijan?
Thanks for strolling down 80s perfume lane with me!