I love this VOGUE cover (by illustrator Will Foster) for several reasons: the model’s impossibly long neck and Gibson Girl-like features, the rose fastening the front of her white feather wrap, and—last but not least—the bottle of perfume that she has just unstoppered. We can only imagine the scent she is inhaling, but we can guess that it is brightening her mood and warming her soul on a cloudy winter day.
Image: via Conde Nast Store.
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.
WHY: The Rouge Bunny Rouge line of cosmetics and fragrance is becoming more widely available in the United States, and I have some perfume samples to share. (Only in the United States, however—sorry, foreign friends!)
WHAT: New sample vials (2.5 ml each) of four Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrances: Vespers, Chatoyant, Incantation, and Lilt. These are spray-atomizer samples, which makes them even nicer to use, in my opinion! The cards list the notes for each fragrance.
HOW: For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me that you live in the United States. Be sure to use the “Post a reply” box to create a new comment; do not reply to a previous comment!…
This is a painting titled Profumo (Perfume) by the Italian Futurist artist Luigi Russolo. It is dated 1910 and it belongs to the collections of Il Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, in Italy.
I like the way Russolo shows the sensory experience of smell, translating fragrance into colors and lines that engulf the female subject.
Image: Luigi Russolo, Profumo, via Il Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto.