My latest post on Now Smell This is a review of Vanacci’s Lockstone bracelets, which are designed to be infused with fragrance for a lasting effect.
You can read it here.
Have you ever visited someone’s home and wished you could peek into his or her closet? It’s ok; I won’t tell.
The temporary installation “Sara Berman’s Closet” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gives us that opportunity, in a staged yet subtly effective way. It’s a recreation of the closet of one woman who lived alone in Greenwich Village from 1982 through 2004, and who happened to be the mother of artist Maira Kalman.
It seems like the right time of year to look at a vintage perfume advertisement like this one!
This is an ad for three perfumes by Lancôme: Flèches (“Arrows”), Tropiques, and Marrakech. It’s dated 1948 and its illustration was created by E-M. Pérot.
This photo of the jazz singer Jo Stafford originally appeared in Down Beat magazine’s July 29, 1946 issue. It was taken by photographer William P. Gottlieb and its caption in Down Beat read:
“This intimate shot of singer Jo Stafford, taken in her dressing room by Bill Gottlieb, reflects Jo not once, but twice, as well as the innumerable bottles of perfume and make-up necessary for her stage appearances. It would seem that Jo is a collector of exotic perfumes, from the assortment on her dressing table.”
So, what are those perfumes?