Raising Hell (2019)

The latest Kesha video is a fun one. The American singer plays a televangelist à la Dolly Parton, who’s unfortunately trapped into an abusive marriage with a horrible husband who doesn’t care about her and beats her up all the time. But she’ll soon know how to take her revenge on him. In the video, directed by Luke Gilford, there are two interesting scenes featuring … Continue reading Raising Hell (2019)

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

I think Xavier Dolan must have a thing for perfumes mothers wear. In his films, there’s often a moment in which the protagonist’s mother explains what perfume she’s wearing [1], so I guess this must have something to do with a personal obsession of the director. In this case, Grace (Susan Sarandon) is wearing Nina Ricci L’air du temps, the classic floral/spicy creation by Francis … Continue reading The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)

Belles Filles, 1977

Belles Filles is a photoshoot by Guy Bourdin released in 1977. Some distinctive elements of the French photographer’s style are present in the picture above – the dreamy atmosphere, satin clothes, high heels – along with a beautiful set of famous perfumes. The first of the perfumes on the washbasin is Chanel No. 5, originally created by Ernest Beaux in 1921. Next is Revillon Detchema, … Continue reading Belles Filles, 1977

Divine on Harpers and Queen (September 1980)

Divine 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). There are some perfume bottles on the mahogany-panelled window by the tub. The first on … Continue reading Divine on Harpers and Queen (September 1980)

Jackie (2016)

There are two Nina Ricci perfumes on Jackie Kennedy’s dressing table in her bedroom at the White House. On the left there’s L’air du temps, created by Francis Fabron and launched after the WWII, in 1948. On the right there’s Coeur Joie, a white floral perfume, created by Germaine Cellier and launched in 1946; the cut-out heart-shaped bottle was designed by Marc Lalique. Thanks to PaleBlueMoon for … Continue reading Jackie (2016)