While wandering through the corridors of her hotel, Maggie Cheung – in Irma Vep black latex attire – enters a room where a semi-naked woman (interpreted by Arsinée Khanjian, credited as l’américaine) is talking on the phone. Maggie goes into her bathroom and steals a necklace. On the marble counter there are some beauty products, too. For example, a bottle of Galderma Cetaphil cleanser in the old packaging (blue label and white lettering).
There’s also a box of Clarins Eau Dynamisante, a wonderfully fresh fragrance created by Jacques Courtin-Clarins and launched in 1987. This is the original packaging.
Let’s take a moment to let this picture sink in: Ben Whishaw shopping at CVS, perusing the toiletries shelf, about to take a bottle of Cetaphil daily facial cleanser.
John Cameron Mitchell’s dressing room at the Belasco Theatre is one of the best dressing rooms I’ve ever written about. The picture above, taken by Todd Heisler in 2015, is very simple but hugely inspiring. Freddie Mercury, Dolly Parton, David Bowie and Mick Ronson – their pictures are plastered on the walls and on the mirror – surely served as source of inspiration for Hedwig, the character JCM played in the 2001 film he directed. Besides this show-biz eye candy, there are lots of interesting products.
On the left wall there is a row of Ko nail polishes in different shades. This line (also known as Knock Out) is a product of the creativity of Mike Potter, the artist who created the iconic hair and makeup looks for Hedwig & the Angry Inch. I think the shades here are Liberty (patina green), Park (matte park bench green), Flatte Black (two bottles), Indi (dark navy), Flatte Top top coat and Eel (pastel chartreuse) in the black box.
On the dressing table there are a bottle of Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser, Redken Polish Up pomade and L’Oreal Elnett Satin hairspray.
The white pump bottles are MAC Prep + Prime Fix+, a water mist that finishes make-up.
Photographer Kristina Loggia documented one day in the life of Jemima Kirke. As a fan of the Girls actress, I really wanted to see exactly what was on her bathroom shelf, but I was able to id some items only – Cetaphil cleanser, Malin+Goetz detox face mask (or facial cleansing oil by the same brand) and Marvis Cinnamon Mint toothpaste.
The complete set of pictures appeared in the March 10, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.