Category Archives: stars’ vanities/make-up cases/cabinets in real life

Elsa Peretti’s House in Vogue US (1976)

In 1976 Vogue US featured Elsa Peretti’s New York apartment (the one she had taken over from Halston) on its pages. The photoshoot by Horst P. Horst portrayed the Italian artist in a minimalist space and focused on details too.

In her own words, the apartment had “bare bleached white floors, mirrored walls, lemon trees, banquettes covered in white Haitian cotton, white director’s chairs, and a work table,” which also functioned for dining and making up.

The aforementioned work table can be seen in the picture above: on it there are some pieces of jewellery, beauty items and a massive bottle that would be impossible not to notice.

It’s a factice of the famous teardrop bottle Elsa designed to house the first women’s fragrance by Halston [1]. Created by Bernard Chant and launched in 1975, the perfume would soon become a best seller.

The other two perfume bottles – both Joy by Jean Patou – tell us a lot about Elsa’s tastes. I had no idea she was a fan of “the world’s most expensive perfume”, the unique jasmine and rose fragrance launched in 1930. I can’t tell I’m surprised, though: Joy was perfect for her.

Another item I’ve identified is the Lancôme white tube. I think this contained hand cream, but it could also have been a face moisturizer.

The same table and the same objects are seen from a different point of view in the picture above. Elsa was wearing a wonderful vintage kimono she had bought in San Francisco.

Here she was doing her make-up which, according to the interview, consisted in foundation, Roger & Gallet face powder, blush, brown eye pencil and mascara. The dog posing in the picture was one of her two King Charles spaniels.

Another picture featured the beautiful gold and cobalt blue bottle of Guerlain Coque d’Or. It was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1937 and dedicated to Sergej Pavlovič Djagilev, the Russian impresario who founded the Ballets Russes. For its name Guerlain took inspiration from Le Coq d’or [2], the last opera by Nikolaj Andreevič Rimskij-Korsakov.

[1] The process of designing and making this bottle was accurately shown in the Ryan Murphy tv show Halston.

[2] In French “coque” means “shell”, while “coq” means “rooster”. The two terms are clearly related.

Hubert de Givenchy’s Perfume Corner

In 2018 the legendary founder of the Givenchy maison gave a rare interview to the Financial Times‘ journalist Nick Foulkes. The article included pictures of the designer’s residence, Château du Jonchet, located in Northern France.

I’m thankful to the photographer Dylan Thomas for snapping the picture above, which shows the fragrances the designer used.

I’m not surprised to see one of the most beautiful rechargable bottles by Guerlain, Le Sucrier de Madame, designed by Robert Goossens and first introduced in 1980 to house the maison’s eaux de toilette.

A massive bottle of Monsieur de Givenchy takes centre stage. The citrus aromatic fragrance, created by Francis Fabron, was launched in 1959.

The white bottle with gold accents is another Guerlain product: it’s the deodorant of L’Heure Bleue.

The last bottle is another Givenchy best-selling fragrance – Ysatis. One of the most distinctive scents of the 1980s, it was created by Dominique Ropion and launched in 1984.

Thanks to Alindri for the IDs.

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Phoebe Bridgers’ Bathroom

The 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards took place on March 14th, 2021 in the middle of the pandemy that has torn the world as we knew it apart. I usually don’t care for these events, but I rejoiced at seeing this picture on the Instagram feed of the American singer/songwriter/guitarist Phoebe Bridgers, who got nominations in the Best Rock Performance and Best New Artist categories.

Besides the fantastic skeleton dress she was wearing (more about it later), I was attracted by the beauty products on the washbasin.

There are two bottles of pure-castile soap by Dr. Bronner’s in Lavender and Hemp Rose.

Another Dr. Bronner’s product can be seen on the soap dish: it’s the organic sugar soap in Lavender.

Last, a small can of Barbasol Soothing Aloe shaving cream is next to the castile soap bottles.

This dreamy Goth dress, designed by Thom Browne and featured in the spring 2018 collection, was paired to Ashley Zhang pearl earrings. Bridgers has often shown her love for the classic Halloween skeleton costume (it’s basically her trademark stage outfit), but the luxury version of it truly is a thing of beauty.

Marilyn Monroe at the Beverly Carlton Hotel

This famous Frank Worth photoshoot set at the Beverly Carlton Hotel [1] in 1951, featuring Marilyn wearing a lovely swimsuit and gorgeous sandals with lucite platforms, is one of my favourites. She looked more beautiful than ever and happy.

In this picture Marilyn was applying lotion to her legs. The lotion in question was Nivea skin oil which, according to the advert above, was the “liquid counterpart of Nivea Creme, with similar protective, soothing qualities.”

[1] The Beverly Carlton has been renovated as the Avalon Hotel. The location is the same – West Olympic Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

Vivien Leigh’s Dressing Room

I’ve already written about Vivien Leigh touring the U.S. in 1960. The English actress starred in the play Duel of Angels by Christopher Fry alongside her partner Jack Merivale.

The picture above is a bit blurry, but there’s one object that clearly stands out.

It’s a Guerlain flacon lyre containing perfumed talc. Too bad it’s impossible to read the front label, so we will never know what the talc was scented like.

Zachary Quinto’s Bathroom

Zachary Quinto has recently posted this picture on his Instagram account. It’s not clear whether the bathroom he’s standing in is his own; it would be interesting to know because there’s a beautiful display of perfume bottles in it.

Three bottles are by Le Labo: one of them contains 100ml of perfume, the other two 50ml of perfume. Unfortunately only one front label is visible: one of the smallest bottles is Another 13.

The tallest bottle with the black stopper is an eau de parfum by Diptyque. The front label is not visible, but I like to think it’s Tempo, the wonderful patchouli fragrance by the French label.

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Florence Welch Backstage at Gucci Bloom campaign

The British singer/songwriter Florence Welch recently shot a fascinating commercial for the Gucci Bloom advertising campaign. In a backstage picture we can see a bottle of Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella toning water on a table near the artist.

The protagonists of the campaign by Floria Sigismondi are Anjelica Huston, Florence Welch, Jodie Turner-Smith and Susie Cave.