Here we see Kim Novak circa 1950, impeccably coiffed and dressed (gloves! purse! pearl bracelet!) while she samples perfume at the Christian Dior boutique in Paris. The bottles with the houndstooth-print labels are most likely Miss Dior, in all its original glory. The dark, curvy Baccarat flaçon standing just in front of Ms. Novak may be Diorama. The bottles with the “basket-weave” labels at left might hold Eau de Cologne Fraîche.
Whichever fragrance she’s wearing, she must smell marvelous.
I’m posting this photograph because Ms. Novak’s appearance at last night’s Academy Awards has caused a bit of online commentary, to put things kindly. Please do take a few minutes to read my friend Farran’s post on this subject at The Self-Styled Siren.
Image: Kim Novak testing perfume at the Dior boutique on the Avenue Montaigne, Paris, circa 1950. Collection of Jean-Louis Quémar.
My latest post on Now Smell This is a perfume review of Roses de Chloé. You can read it here.
I’ve had the “mean reds” for much of the past month, which may be why I almost forgot to write this post!
Reading: I finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and I’m trying to make a dent in my pile of unread New Yorkers.
Video: Downton Abbey and Sherlock, of course… and now they’re both over!
Audio: Beck’s “Morning Phase”
Winter in New York City, one hundred years ago.
Let’s hope that we’ve seen the last of the snow for this winter!
Image via Whitney Museum of American Art.
When I was writing my recent review of LUSH’s Tender is the Night massage bar (scented with jasmine, ylang ylang, and vanilla!) I looked up John Keats’s poem “Ode to a Nightingale” in order to refresh my memory about the phrase that gives this product its name. Well, LUSH actually names F. Scott Fitzgerald as the source, but he was borrowing from Keats!
“…tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays…”