When you wander through the 4th-floor section of “The World of Anna Sui” at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), you may notice a sweet hint of scent in the air. This floor of the exhibition is fragranced — a concealed diffuser releases a faint aura of Anna Sui Fantasia (released in 2017), adding a subtle olfactory dimension to this fashion retrospective.
I had a chance to chat briefly with Anna Sui at the exhibition’s preview on September 10 and to ask about her own taste in perfumes and her fragrance collection. Here are a few things I learned…
WHY: Because it’s New York Fashion Week and (almost) Autumn!
WHAT: From Anna Sui, a brand-new set of five perfume samples (Lucky Wish, Secret Wish, Flight of Fancy, Fantasia, and Fantasia Mermaid) and a red lipstick (Sui Black Rouge #402). I received these samples as treats from Interparfums and Albion, and now I’d like to pass them along to a reader in the United States…
April 7th is Billie Holiday’s birthday! “Lady Day” was born on this day in 1915 (and died in 1959, far too young).
I’ve been listening to her music since my early twenties but I never thought to wonder, until today: what was her favorite perfume?
In a recent episode of “The Good Place” titled “The Ballad of Donkey Doug” (Season 3, Episode 6), we got re-acquainted with Jason Mendoza’s best friend Pillboi and learned more about his other friend, Donkey Doug.
Jason, Michael, and Tahani pay a call to Donkey Doug’s apartment in Florida and end up sitting through a conversation about Doug’s latest get-rich-quick scheme. He and Pillboi have come up with a ground-breaking (?) idea for a combination body spray and energy beverage — imagine the love-child of AXE and 5-Hour Energy, or BOD Man and Monster Energy Drink.
Sometimes those pesky algorithms on retail websites actually serve their purpose. I was visiting the Barneys site to price a perfume that was on my mind, and the page made some further suggestions to me — including the “New” and “Exclusive to Barneys” Femme de Poppy lipsticks.
Barneys has no way of knowing that I’ve been a follower of Poppy King’s creative output since the 1990s (when she launched her original line of Poppy lipsticks: matte shades! colors named after the 7 Deadly Sins! art-inspired packaging!) through 2007, when she founded the Lipstick Queen brand, and beyond.
However, it apparently remembers that I’ve shopped for Lipstick Queen products, so it kindly (ha!) shared this news with me.
I clicked, and read a product description, and clicked again, and read a Barneys blog post about Femme de Poppy, and I smiled…
Were scratch ‘n’ sniff stickers popular when you were in grade school?
They were certainly a craze at my school for a year or two, and I owned a small album where I carefully arranged my own collection of colorful aromatic decals. If these “Extravagant Moodies” had been available, I would have loved them…