Things That Make You Go Hmmm: MCMC x FUZZCO E.d’E. Black and E.d’E. Blue Perfumes

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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.

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Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins, Redux (with Some Very Familiar-Looking Images…)

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Lipstick Queen has just launched a collection of seven lip glosses named for the Seven Deadly Sins (Lust, Anger, Avarice, et al.). I’m old enough to remember Poppy King’s original Seven Deadly Sins, a series of matte lipsticks in shades that were very daring indeed for the mid-1990s. I tried a few of them at Barneys (the Short Hills location! long since gone!) back in the day.

Anyway, once again I’m compelled to note that Lipstick Queen has apparently asked its graphic designers to seek inspiration from art history or, in this case, from classic fashion illustration. The latest victim is Georges Barbier, a French illustrator best known for his work for Gazette du Bon Ton in the 1910s and 1920s.

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Martin Margiela “Replica” Fragrance Collection

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I was flipping through the latest issue of Lucky magazine and I stopped to snicker over this trend piece about perfumes that take their inspiration from—wait for it—flowers!! Whatever will they think of next?

Then I lingered longer on the page, because this new Maison Martin Margiela fragrance, Beach Walk, made me think. It’s a citrusy tropical floral designed to evoke “Sun kissed salty skin” in “Calvi, 1972.” (Calvi  is located on the island of Corsica. I had to look that up.)

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Perfume in the (Luxury) Bathroom

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I don’t know why I even bother to read the Real Estate section of The New York Times. I’m not looking for a new place, and even if I were, I’m certainly not in the same income bracket as the people they feature in columns like “The Hunt” or articles like today’s “The Gold Mine in the Hall,” about older apartment buildings that repurpose former hallway closets or unused stairwells as additional rooms for existing apartments.

Here’s the story behind the bathroom in the picture above:

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Sephora “Drop Dead Gorgeous” Clutch

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I was flipping through Allure magazine last night and I spied this item in a spread of new products for Fall 2013. It’s Sephora’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous” studded clutch case containing a set of five makeup brushes ($58).

I won’t go on and on about the way that skull motifs have become mainstream over the past decade, and how much this phenomenon annoys former-Goth me. (Just one thing, because I can’t resist: on a recent visit to Fairfield County, Connecticut, a place synonymous with bland suburban affluence, I saw a blond 6- or 7-year-old boy wearing a pair of preppy shorts embroidered with tiny black skulls rather than whales or sailboats. Now I’ll stop.)

So, my first thought about Sephora’s brush case was “oh, no, another skull,” and my second was, “but where have I seen this clutch purse before?”

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