Covet: Cityscape Vintage Dress in NY Times

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I would wear this dress in a minute, if I could afford it — it was just displayed at New York’s Winter Antiques Show by an antiques dealer who priced it at $135,000. (Yes, six figures.) It dates to the 1930s, and its textile print resembles a photo-collage of New York City during those years of Deco and the Depression. The Times has written an interesting little focus piece on this dress; you can read it here.

Quick Reads: Elisa Lempicka’s Apartment in NYC

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I’ll always have a fondness for Lolita Lempicka perfumes. I was wearing the original Lolita Lempicka fragrance, the one in the purple apple-shaped bottle, during one of the happiest times of my life, and I’ve tried and enjoyed all the others.

I also have a fantasy of living in a roomy apartment in an old building in Greenwich Village, which will never come true, because I am not a billionaire. But you know who does live in one of those apartments? Elisa Lempicka, Lolita Lempicka’s daughter and the creative director for the LL perfume brand. I’m trying not to succumb to the deadly sin of envy (for her whole life).

In any case, you can see photos of the apartment at Time Out New York. Here’s a shot of family photos mingled with Lolita Lempicka perfumes, candles from Cire Trudon and Ladurée, and La Maison du Chocolate candy boxes, plus who-knows-what-else. Again, envy.

I Heard a Rumor: Annick Goutal Boutique Coming to Bleecker Street in NYC?

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I’ve just heard a delightful rumor that Annick Goutal will be opening its first United States boutique in New York in 2014. Am I the last person to know this? I don’t think so.

I’ve just done a quick internet search, and there appears to be some basis to this rumor: according to the New York Post (ugh, I know! but bear with me!) and  The Real Deal, high-end real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman announced its deal with Goutal back in June 2013.

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According to these sources, Annick Goutal will open a 900-square-foot storefront at 397 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. This location is the street level of a townhouse conveniently located near Bleecker’s other shopping destinations, including Diptyque, Bond no. 9, and Jo Malone, not to mention MAC Cosmetics, Cynthia Rowley, Lulu Guinness, and more Marc Jacobs than anyone could possibly need.

Annick Goutal is one of the first “niche” fragrance houses that I ever loved. Its future was a bit unclear for a while, but now it seems to be going through a revival of some kind, with new bottle designs, revamped shops in Paris, and now this NYC location. I’ll post an update as soon as I hear more. I really hope it’s true.

Images: perfume photo via Annick Goutal website; 397 Bleecker rendering via Elliman.

The Art of Perfume Ads: Saks Fifth Avenue Paradis

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I love the big department stores of Midtown Manhattan; I started visiting them at a very young age, when my mother would bring me to see the holiday windows, and I still shop at some of the remaining stores: Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue. (Gone, but not forgotten: B. Altman and Bonwit Teller!)

I didn’t know until recently that Saks Fifth Avenue offered its own women’s fragrance, called Paradis, in the 1980s. I have no idea how Paradis may have smelled, but the ad claims it was “an Eden of florals, of luxury and romance…”

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