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All About Eve (1950)

Margo (Bette Davis) and Karen (Celeste Holm) are at the Stork Club in New York with their partners. Two boxes of Le Galion Sortilège can be seen on their table. This choice is extremely accurate because the French fragrance, created in 1937 by Paul Vacher, really was the trademark perfume of the NY nightclub.

The boxes are unfortunately left unopened, so we cannot see its content, but this would be it – the beautiful fluted bottle the perfume had in its original version.

But the perfume bottles are not the only Sortilège presence on Margo’s table.

There’s a cute scented gadget – a stork-shaped perfume holder.

Besides the cameo in the Mankiewicz film, many are the stars who went to the Stork Club and were photographed with a box of this perfume on their tables. How glamourous!

Feud E01 (Pilot)

wp-1488816411100.pngOne of the most striking elements of Jane Hudson’s look is her make-up. Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) invented it, taking inspiration from the concept of the “broken doll”, so important in the aesthetic of the 1962 Robert Aldrich film Feud is based on.

vlcsnap-2017-03-06-17h13m37s714In the memoir This ‘N That, Bette Davis explained she imagined Jane as someone who would never wash her face, just put on another layer of make-up. The bright lips, caked white face make-up and the heart-shaped beauty mark all have a part in achieving the iconic result, not to mention the curly blonde wig, used by the other protagonist of the film (Joan Crawford) in an old movie.

besameredhotred_bornunicornThe lipstick Bette applies is by Bésame Cosmetics, a bright orange-based red. My guess is that the shade could be Red Hot Red, described as “classic engine red,” a bold and brazen warm red.