One of the most intriguing elements of the film is the opening scene, a model casting where we first meet Carl (Harris Dickinson). The boy shows the casting director his portfolio, which includes an advertising campaign for the (fictional) perfume Grande Ombre.
The black and white pictures remind me of the 2008 campaign for Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò starring Lars Burmeister shot by Peter Lindbergh.
The bottle of Grand Ombre, with the distinctive round stopper, reminds me of the bottle housing most of Courrèges fragrances. Shown above is the 2012 version of Empreinte, the first Courrèges fragrance launched in 1970.
In tune with the satirical tone and atmosphere of the movie, Carl will reunite with Grande Ombre: he will find a full bottle of the fragrance in a dump on the island where he’s stranded after the cruise ship he was sailing on sinks.
When Erica realises her husband has betrayed her, one of the first things she does is clearing their bathroom by getting rid of his toiletries. Among them, two fragrances.
The first is a Christian Dior classic – Eau Sauvage. The citrus aromatic fragrance was created by Edmond Roudnitska and launched in 1966.
The second is another citrus aromatic fragrance – Chanel for Men cologne. Created by Henri Robert, it was launched in 1955 with different names – A Gentleman’s Cologne in United Kingdom, Chanel for Men in the United States and Pour Monsieur in France. In 1989 it was relaunched worldwide as Pour Monsieur.
Somayeh (Alice Rahimi) tries a skin cream she finds in the bathroom of one of her clients.
On a shelf by the window there’s a bottle of Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme, a floral fruity fragrance created by Calice Becker and Natalie Gracia-Cetto and launched in 2017. The blue jar with gold cap it sits on could be part of the bodycare line of the Versace perfume.
On the same shelf there’s another perfume from an Italian brand: it’s Florence by Roberto Cavalli, a floral fragrance launched in 2017 and created by Marie Salamagne.
Right after meeting his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) at her workplace, the Nakatomi Corporation in Los Angeles, NYPD detective John McClane (Bruce Willis) freshens up in an office bathroom. It’s nice to see there are two interesting fragrances by the washbasin.
There’s a huge splash bottle of Givenchy Gentleman eau de toilette, a 1974 fragrance created by Paul Lèger.
There’s also a regular bottle of Giorgio Beverly Hills Pour Homme, launched in 1984.
I love when some props recur as trademark objects in a director’s filmography. This is definitely the case of Joanna Hogg and Penhaligon’s Bluebell eau de toilette, which can be seen in Julie’s hotel bedroom but makes its appearance in The Souvenir Part II, too, as a fragrance young Julie uses.