I honestly can’t remember why I was searching for photos of Stephanie Seymour’s dressing table a few nights ago. There was some train of thought (probably connected to her son’s recent arrest, or to the memory of the time I met her husband at his art foundation?) that led me to wonder what perfume(s) she might wear.
Follower of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, The Sense of Smell. Oil on canvas. Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, England.
There’s nothing I love more than a well-researched and well-executed fragrance/art/fashion collaboration…and there’s nothing that annoys me more than a collaboration that, well, isn’t very well-researched.
I recently read Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life. (Many thanks to my friend T. for lending me her copy!) I’m not going to write an actual review; in any case, I’m still sorting out my thoughts about this compelling and troubling (and very long) book.
However, I did want to share one observation I made towards the end of the novel—a perfume-related thought! (If you haven’t yet read A Little Life and you don’t want any potential spoilers, you may wish to stop here.)
From the collections of the Cooper Hewitt / Smithsonian Design Museum.
Print, The Sense of Smell, ca. 1750; Designed by François-Thomas Mondon (French, ca. 1709 – 1755); France; hand-colored etching with watercolor on paper; 19 5/16 X 21 15/16 in. (49.0 X 55.8 cm); Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1921-22-290
My latest post on Now Smell This is a review of Rendezvous, a new fragrance from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Perfumes. You can read it here.