OPEN THREAD: Kitsch vs. Elegance

Just because a perfume is expensive doesn't mean the bottle can't have a sense of humor.
Publish date:
February 5, 2016
prada, perfume, packaging, open thread, moschino

Wanna hear how absolutely disgusting my boyfriend and I are? Of course you do.

We're planning to move in together in a couple months — a new apartment as opposed to one of the respective ones we currently live in alone — and while he's definitely ahead of the curve in terms of stereotypical straight-dude decor taste, we don't see perfectly eye to eye on absolutely everything. So I suggested we keep with a theme we can both get down with: let's decorate as if we live inside an untitled Wes Anderson project.

Keep reading when you stop throwing up.

Honestly, even though it's kind of contrived, it helps set a motif we can stick to and agree on. We won't be copying any sets directly — just drawing from the color schemes and the whimsical mixture of retro kitsch and modern elegance that keeps showing up in Anderson films.

See, I like to think you don't have to choose either kitsch or elegance. I've always appreciated both. So last week, when I received two very different bottles of perfume from two major design houses, it was essentially impossible for me to pick a favorite.

I'm not talking about the scents themselves, mind you — just the bottles.

Prada Fleur D'Oranger — one of the Les Infusions de Prada coming to Saks this spring — is the picture of simple sophistication. The glass cuboid of peachy liquid features the silver Prada emblem and is topped off with a matching, textured cap. Just looking at it makes me feel a couple decades older, in the best possible, most mature, secure-in-my-sense-of-style-because-I'm-finally-past-all-the-bullshit way.

Moschino's new Fresh Couture, on the other hand, is literally a tiny satirical bottle of Windex, complete with aqua-blue liquid. It's adorable and hilarious, and they even sent me the press info on a matching thumb drive.

Both bottles make my brain happy, even though they couldn't be more different. And I'm hoping I can find a similar balance when I start decorating the new place.

Oh, and since you're probably wondering, Fleur D'Oranger features notes of orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, and neroli, while Fresh Couture smells nothing like Windex (you might want to look into Demeter's Clean Windows if that sounds appealing to you) and, instead, layers bergamot, mandarin, ylang ylang, raspberry, peony and osmanthus over a cedar and patchouli base.

Personally, I prefer the Prada scent over the Moschino one, but both bottles can hang out on my dresser for as long as they'd like.

So, m'dears, today I ask:

  • When it comes to perfume bottles and beauty packaging in general, do you lean more kitschy and cutesy or more sophisticated and elegant?
  • Does a perfume's bottle ever impact whether or not you buy the fragrance?
  • Do any of you collect perfume bottles?