Some days ago I came across the picture above, taken by Dora Handel in 1992. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain were portrayed in New York for Sassy Magazine; Christina Kelly interviewed them at the peak of their love story. They weren’t married, the Nirvana mania had just exploded and tragedy hadn’t struck their family yet. I had seen pictures from that photoshoot lots of times, but for the first time I noticed the compact Courtney was holding in her hand. A Christian Dior blue and gold striped compact containing Teint Poudre dual powder foundation.
As for the pencil she was holding, something (the gold writing on it) tells me it was by Chanel, but it’s just a guess.
It’s nice to see that some things never really change: even as the poster child for the kinderwhore aesthetic Courtney had an expensive taste. After all, she’s always wanted to be the “girl with the most cake”, hasn’t she?
Thanks to Heather Martin in the comments for the compact id.