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La stanza del vescovo (1977)

There are several bottles on the vanity in Charlotte’s bedroom, among which two Hermès perfumes.

One is on the left of the wooden table watch: it’s Equipage, the first masculine perfume released by the French fashion house. Created by Guy Robert, it was launched in 1970.

The other is on the right side of the dresser: it’s Calèche, another creation by Robert, launched in 1961.

If you’ve seen the film, or read the Piero Chiara novel of the same title, you’ll know there’s a problem with both of these perfumes: the story is set in the Lago Maggiore area in 1946, so the Hermès perfumes (launched decades later) are historically inaccurate. I understand why the prop masters chose them, though: they were popular when the film was made and their bottles are beautiful.

borotalco_vintagetinOn the vanity there’s also a tin can of Borotalco Roberts talcum powder.

Divine on Harpers and Queen (September 1980)

divine_harpersandqueens_bornunicornDivine having a bubble bath in a St. John’s Wood bathroom is such an entrancing view! The artist from Baltimore, protagonist of many iconoclastic films by John Waters, posed for Peter Warner for Divine Bathrooms, Lovely Loos, a photoshoot published on the British magazine Harpers and Queen (September 1980 issue).

ninaricci_lairdutempsfluted_bornunicornThere are some perfume bottles on the mahogany-panelled window by the tub. The first on the left is the amphora-like bottle of L’air du temps by Nina Ricci, created by Francis Fabron and launched in 1948.

courregesempreinte_bornunicornNext to it, Empreinte by Courreges, a fragrance created by Robert Gonnon and launched in 1970.

hermes_calechevintage_bornunicornI haven’t been able to identify the bottle with the white stopper next to it, but the small bottle on the right is definitely Hermès Calèche,  composed by Guy Robert in 1961.

yslopiumbodyveil_bornunicornNot only perfumes, but body lotions, too. The white bottle is Yves Saint Laurent Opium perfumed body veil.

avonvanityjar_bornunicornThe glass containers look like Avon vanity jars.

Do you want to channel your inner Divine? You need a ball dress by Zandra Rhodes to abandon on the floor, a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates, a shell ring by Andrew Logan and a platinum blonde curly hairdo. No results guaranteed but worth trying ♥

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The Bitch (1979)

thebitch_bornunicornThe “bitch” of the movie title is Fontaine Khaled (Joan Collins), the fierce owner of a trendy disco. She loves living surrounded by luxury, so no surprise to see expensive perfumes in her bathroom.

hermes_calechevintage_bornunicornThe 400 ml bottle on the left is Hermès Calèche, a woody floral fragrance created by Guy Robert in 1961.

hermes_calechevintagead_bornunicornThe refillable spray in the middle is Calèche again.

hermes_amazonevintage_bornunicornThe glass bottle with the dark red stopper is Amazone, another classic Hèrmes perfume, created by Maurice Maurin in 1974.

hermes_calecheaerosprayvintage_bornunicornNext to Amazone there’s another bottle of Calèche, the aérospray version. Amazone was marketed in aérospray version, too: the bottle is the same, but the metal details are silver, not gold.

Endless gratitude to The Scentimentalist, who pointed this beautiful perfume sighting out to me.

Catherine Deneuve and Hermès

catherinedeneuve_hermes_bornunicornI have no idea what Catherine Deneuve was doing in a Hermès shop window in Paris, but I love this shot. Taken in the 1960s, it portrays the French actress barefoot, acting like a shop assistant who’s taking a bag from the window for a customer.

vintagehermescaleche_bornunicornAmong the objects displayed, a bottle of Calèche, one of the most famous perfumes by the leather good fashion house. Created in 1961 by Guy Robert, it’s a very feminine perfume, with woody and white floral notes. It takes its name from a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle, thus echoing its logo (a duc carriage with horse).


Northern Exposure S03E01 (The Bumpy Road to Love)

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The protagonists of this scene are Maggie (Janine Turner) and Joanne (Cathryn De Prume). They have one thing in common – Rick Pederson, Maggie’s ex-boyfriend who cheated on her several times. Joanne travels to Cicely (Alaska) to see the unveiling of a statue commemorating Rick’s death. Later, they meet at a bar and have the following conversation.

“And I believe this is yours,” says Joanne, and gives Maggie a bottle of Yves Saint Laurent Opium (the original bottle, with glass stopper and black tassel).

“My Opium?”, asks Maggie.

“It’s a bit strong for my taste. I like something in the more delicate side.”


“Yes! He gave you my Calèche?”

“Last Christmas.”

Rick’s mistake – giving his girlfriends the wrong perfumes – makes his cheating habit perfectly clear.