AMOUAGE Imitation Man EDP 100ml
An interpretation of those rare moments when life mirrors art, Imitation is the highly anticipated fourth chapter of the second cycle of the Amouage narrative by Creative Director, Christopher Chong. An intensely personal exploration of New York City in the 1970s, Imitation is inspired by Chong’s childhood memories and his first experiences of a city filled with graffiti, neon lights and a boiling pot of cultures, shaped the way he sees and understands art today.
“Imitation is a personal account of how one moment and one experience can alter a child’s perception of the world. The narrator is me and this is about my first experiences,” says Chong. “This fragrance was born from a memory where I am a child seeing snow for the first time in 1970s New York. I am looking at this experience through a snow dome, exploring a city that is full of tension and displacement. As I walk through Lower East Side with its intense colours and smells and amalgamation of Latin and Asian cultures, I see an artistic community living on the fringe of society in an iconic era.”
Imitation Man is a Chypre and Leather creation that articulates an era of audacious freedom. Cedrat and a mix of mysterious spices vibrantly open the fragrance to recreate the colourful and multicultural feeling of the streets. A smooth velvet and vinyl accord is then revealed after opening with Violet and Orris notes, giving a heady accord symbolising the moods and colours of the disco era. To create a smoky atmosphere, the base notes of Leather and Vetiver are complemented by the sensuality of Patchouli and Myrrh, only heightening the bold spirit of a time where animalistic behaviour and excess were embraced by the arts community.
The neon colours of the iconic crystal bottles emulate the dynamic vibrancy and energy of the “City that Never Sleeps” whereas the rich midnight blue boxes pay homage to the Andy Warhol art movement of imitating an object and turning it into an iconic subject and are accented by a colourful abstract expressionist design symbolising the cultural melting pot that is New York City. The Topaz Aurore Swarovski crystal adds a hint of mystery and extravagance.
Top notes: Cedrat, Nutmeg, Black Pepper
Heart notes: Turkish Rose, Orris, Violet
Base notes: Myrrh, Leather, Vertiver, Patchouli, Castoreum
Olfactory group: chypre-leathery
Creation date: 2018