My earliest memory of my mother was of her pumping water out of the bilge of our first little sailboard, the Gemini 1. I think I was a toddler. The point is, I have always been a sailor and I love the romance of the sound of a boat hull slicing through the water, and full sails moving up forward with only the sound of the sea around us. Later on, when I became an adult, I did some racing as crew on sailboats, but never anything as intense or serious as those who really are true sailboat race enthusiasts. And, the most serious and prestigious race of them all, is the America’s Cup.
The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two sailing yachts and it is the oldest active trophy in international sport,first awarded in 1851. Any yacht club that meets the requirements specified in the Deed of Gift has the right to challenge the yacht club that holds the Cup. If the challenging club wins the match, it gains stewardship of the cup.
That being said, the trophy was held by the NYYC from 1857 (when the syndicate that won the Cup donated the trophy to the club) until 1983 when the Cup was won by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, represented by the yacht Australia II, ending the longest winning streak in the history of sport.
This year, two catamarans are racing and competing for the cup in the demanding waters of San Francisco Bay, with the final of the America’s Cup itself, scheduled in September. For these races, Prada’s Luna Rossa sailing team was challenged to construct and master an AC72, the 22-metre-long catamaran powered by a towering 40-metre-high wing sail, with a potential downwind speed of over 42 knots. To comemmorate this historic event, I’m suggesting something special for the special men in your life: Prada Luna Rossa 34th America’s Cup Limited Edition is a collector bottle to honor the team’s participation in the world’s most legendary competition. Inspired by the Luna Rossa AC72’s cutting-edge graphic forms and materials, the dynamic bottle and outer packaging project strength and sophistication.
The fragrance arrives in a pristine white outer carton decorated with a large red graphic of the catamaran, and silver accents. Inside, the bottle has the feeling less of a ship, as a sleek, ultra-modern structure that suggests speed and light. The fragrance was named after the sailboat and the sailing team “Red Moon” or Luna Rossa, which participates in the American Cup competitions.
Inside, there is a clear juice artfully blended by perfumer Daniela Andrier of Givaudan, with lavender in the heart and bitter orange in the top notes as focal points. And these are not ones I usually think of as being typically masculine, so it’s a fresh twist on a man’s fragrance. The actual notes are a top of Bitter Orange Essence with a heart of Lavender, aromatic Clary Sage and Spearmint Nanah Essences,plus a bottom of a Woody, Ambery Signature; Ambroxan and Ambrette Absolute. The result is something that at first feels very masculine and familiar, but as the fragrance dries down it will combine with a man’s own skin to make something unique, and sensual, but still appropriate for daytime. It’s sophisticated, and astonishingly sexy. Men seem to like the idea that it combines the allure of sport, with the allure of scent. If you’re seeking a gift for your special guy, this one will delight him, and you’ll enjoy it, too!
This years’ version of the Luna Rossa fragrance is available exclusively at Macy’s in an Eau De Toilette Spray (3.4 oz.), $82.00