Monday 12 May 2008

Scents and the City

It is the world premiere of the sex and the city tomorrow night, in my own sexy city- London (in the not so sexy Leicester Square).

In honour of the premiere and in anticipation of the feature I, in true Carrie style, ‘couldn’t help but wonder’ about what scents Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte might wear.

In the show we see some make- up and beauty products in Carrie’s brownstone apartment (Benetint, Clinique, Kiehl’s) but I don’t recall ever seeing any scent. In real life even non- fans of the show must know that Sarah Jessica Parker has her own scents called Lovely and Covet. However I think it’s more fun to think of Carrie wearing a different scent to the actress who plays her.
While brainstorming I thought I could see Carrie in: Chanel’s Allure, JPG Classique, Jicky by Guerlain and Aqua Di Parma Colonia; all are classics of yesterday or today and for all her love of avant- garde fashion I think Carrie the writer would like a classic sophisticated smell with some history and story behind it. I also thought she might wear one or more of the Bond No.9 scents, they like her are inspired by New York and their NY store is on super trendy Bleeker Street where I am sure Carrie often shops.

Again I think we see lots of products dressing Miranda’s home and I recall seeing a collection of perfume bottles in her bedroom, but despite pausing my dvd I couldn’t recognise any of the bottles.
Miranda probably vies with Carrie for the title of most tricky character to define; for all that I like Charlotte and Samantha they are both more stereotypical in my eyes. Of all the characters Miranda probably changes the most over the series. Certainly initially her character was portrayed as the most masculine in terms of outlook and dress sense. I am inclined to think that Miranda probably wore one signature scent and it wasn’t a particularly conventionally feminine, floral one. I thought L’eau De Issey and Aromatics Elixir were both candidates. I have also read that Cynthia Nixon wears Cashmere Mist and this also seems quite appropriate for Miranda.

We actually see a large bottle of Creed’s Spring Flower in Samantha’s bathroom several times so we know the producers have decided she wears this. It seems a slightly odd choice for her to me. It’s a beautiful scent but it’s association with the polite manners and poise of Audrey Hepburn together with it’s subtle spring like innocence don’t seem to match with Samantha’s characterisation.
I thought better choices for her might be Fracas or Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower- two big tuberose scents that I really enjoy and would suit a beautiful, confident woman like Samantha.

In many ways I found Charlotte the easiest to think about. I thought she might wear several different scents for different occasions. For day wear and the Hamptons I think Antonia’s Flowers; For city nights and more sophisticated events I think Narciso Rodriguez for her or Chanel No.5 would be very Charlotte; and for fun she should definitely have a bottle of Annick Goutal’s Eau de Charlotte.

I would love to hear what scents other people see the Sex and the City ladies wearing.

Sex and the City the Movie is out on the 28th of May.

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The Daily Connoisseur said...

This is a fantastic posting! I love the idea of "what fragrance would they wear" as the characters- Most Sex and the City fans identify most with one of the characters. (I happen to be a Charlotte- and its funny- I just saw Kristen Davis at the car wash last month and was SO excited! had to keep it contained though and admire from afar). Great speculations and I am impressed that you actually spotted the bottles that Carrie and Miranda use- good eye!

Rose said...

I'm so glad you liked this post, I really enjoyed writing it.

That is so exciting that you saw Kristin Davis! I bet she is very elegant.

I think I'm most like Carrie but a Charlotte when it comes to liking manners and relationships!

It was all over the news here yesterday that Chris Noth said if they did a sequel it might be partly filmed in London which is quite exciting!