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Topic: Fragrances

Ad of the Day: Keira Knightley Does Her Best Bond Girl Imitation for Chanel Joe Wright directs 'She's Not There'

Since first signing on as the face of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance in 2007, Keira Knightley has become firmly ensconced within Karl Lagerfeld's pantheon of waifish muses, a group that…

March 26, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

Ad of the Day: Robert Pattinson Finds a New Circle of Hell for Dior Homme Roasting with Romain Gavras

When the advertising gods cast my soul into hell as punishment for writing negative reviews, I'll probably be forced to watch a witless, artsy perfume commercial like this Dior Homme…

September 3, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

Ad of the Day: Guerlain Goes to the Ends of the Earth in the Year's Most Lavish Spot A Bruno Aveillan special

This new ad for French perfume house Guerlain's Shalimar fragrance is perhaps the single most elaborate spot this side of the same director's famous Cartier commercial from last year. Say…

August 28, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

How the Perfume Business Lost Its Class Ivanka Trump is no Audrey Hepburn

In the old days, celebrity perfumes were plush, rarified things—scent couture, if you will. The lucky fan might get a whiff of the magic scent, but the juice wasn’t for…

March 27, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

Ad of the Day: Prada French love triangles never felt so good as in Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's delightful short film

High-fashion ads shot by celebrity directors usually amount to little more than pretentious, narrative-starved ad-sturbation. Prada, though, often delivers something more, something refreshing for the category—a cool sense of style…

March 27, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

Perspective: Shaken, Not Stirred Every normal, red-blooded dude wants to be like James Bond, and smell like him

When Skyfall opened in theaters in November last year, it became the 23rd film in the James Bond series, which began with 1963’s Dr. No. Judging from the box-office take…

January 24, 2013, 7:30 AM EST

Perspective: Hey, Sailor A look at how the romance and sexuality of the swabby has been tapped to sell

It was Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart who, in 1964, famously said that while he couldn’t define pornography, he knew it when he saw it. Potter’s oft-quoted analysis bears mentioning…

January 10, 2013, 8:58 AM EST

Ad of the Day: Lady Gaga Fame The pop star's new perfume spot smells like chaos

One of the nice things about perfume ads is that, since you can't smell online video (yet), nobody will mind if you decide that a given scent tickles the nostrils…

August 15, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

Perspective: Heart of Glass Chanel No. 5's distinctive, timeless bottle

Sometime around 1913, a skinny and salacious Coco Chanel took as her lover one Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel. The rich young Englishman’s sartorial tastes included a square-cornered whiskey decanter that…

June 21, 2012, 6:14 AM EDT

Perspective: Message in a Bottle Men's cologne ads have always been about sex on some level

For a long time now, the advertising of men’s colognes has featured two key ingredients: men, plus that universally presumed (if not scientifically proven) wisdom that a nice-smelling fella’s going…

April 19, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

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