Happy Valentine’s Day!


Drawing, Heart Motif, Textile Design, 1950–70; Designed by Tommi Parzinger (American, born Germany, 1903 – 1981); USA; brush and gouache, graphite on paper, lined; Sheet: 3.7 x 5.3 cm (1 7/16 x 2 1/16 in.); Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian Desisgn Museum, 1992-51-68

Throwback Thursday: Isabella Rossellini Manifesto Beauty


Do you remember Isabella Rossellini Manifesto, the basil-tinged perfume released in 2000? That was a nice one. And do you remember Rossellini’s short-lived but intriguing Manifesto cosmetics line, launched the same year?

I wish I’d bought some Manifesto products when they were available. (I was a graduate student living in a secondary retail market where they weren’t available, alas.) I read about them in magazines and I admired the colors, the easy-to-use formulas, and especially the packaging. The simple tubes and compacts could be paired with colorful circular bands that acted as cases for the cosmetics or could be worn on their own, as rings and bracelets. Ingenious! Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: Isabella Rossellini Manifesto Beauty”

A Look Back: Bowie on the Subway

Bowie in Japan, 1979

It’s been a week since we all heard the news of David Bowie’s death. I’m still going through my own little period of mourning—I wouldn’t have anticipated that I’d feel so strongly about this loss. We all know that he was one of the great creative figures of the second half of the 20th century, and I won’t analyze how and why, because others have already said it so well…

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André Courrèges (1923-2016)


André Courrèges died this week at the age of 92.

Even if you don’t know his name, you’re familiar with the look he helped to launch: mod, space-age, youthquake, futuristic…sharp lines and bright colors…transparent materials and white boots and minis and slim pants and visors.


Here’s a line-up of looks as photographed for LIFE in 1968…

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Throwback Thursday: Some of My Old Perfume Bottles


I was sorting through some files in my computer and I came across this photo I took a few years ago. It shows some of my old perfume bottles, dating from 1987 through 1995.

From left to right, they are: Kenzo Parfum d’Été, Romeo Gigli, Laura Ashley No. 1, and Oscar de la Renta Ruffles.

I’d probably still wear any of these fragrances today. Well, maybe not the Ruffles, which was quite fruity-sweet, as I remember. But the others, yes.

Perfume Giveaway: Anna Sui Romantica Eau de Toilette Mini (U. S. Only)

IMG_20150920_142938214WHY: Because I am a longtime admirer of Anna Sui and I want to share the love. (Only in the United States, however—sorry, foreign friends!)

WHAT: A new mini-bottle of Anna Sui Romantica Eau de Toilette (4 ml), which I received as a press sample.

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!…

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