Nicki Minaj made a splash in New York yesterday when she launched her fragrance “Pink Friday” with appearances on The View and a visit to Macy’s on Herald Square. With a name like that, it wouldn’t have been hard to guess what color she’d wear to all the promotions, right? Exactamundo — pink. The fragrance is supposedly, “a blend of sweet florals, vanilla and musk” but get this — the bottle basically looks like a bust of Nicki. It’s been created to look like her, as you can see in both pictures above. So, in other words, the bottle is terrifying because it’s like that moment when the Terminator grows out of molten metal to look like a human being. Love Nicki … but imagine waking up in the middle of the night and having that bottle staring right at you? The bottle also comes with a custom gold ‘Nicki Minaj‘ nameplate necklace, which is supposed to make up for the scary Nicki-bottle. Nicki seems to thinks so, telling MTV News that, “My fans are going to spaz out when they see this.”
We’re also a bit confused as to what she was trying to achieve here with the wardrobe. Because the top half is all pink with kaleidoscopic swirls and vintage Barbz, but then she goes and puts on a pink Captain’s hat and tight, nautical-striped pants and goes and proceeds to salute everyone, as you can see below. Saucy sailor? Can we call her Cap’n from now on? And if we did, would she give us those blue suede ankle boots? Nicki also explained the genesis of the fragrance saying, “I’ve been thinking about [a fragrance] for like, the last two years actually; I knew I was going to call it Pink Friday. I didn’t know I would have a pink wig on the bottle until I met with the fragrance company and they asked me what I wanted my bottle to look like and I said — is there any way we can put a pink wig on it? They said, ‘You know what? Let’s try,’ and they came back with sketches and I was floored that they actually nailed it, I couldn’t stop looking at the sketches.” And we can’t stop looking at the bottle, so mission accomplished!
Are we being blasphemous about Beyonce? We feel really, really bad about putting Bey in the same sentence as “lacks fire” because she’s so hot usually. But when we looked at the advertisement for her new fragranceMidnight Heat — see above — we were really disappointed. It’s not that she isn’t gorgeous, because she totally is. It’s because it’s so boring and literal. We understand that Beyonce has to schill this to a large, diverse fan-base and can’t do anything too far out or outre. But this is the same woman who made videos like Single Ladies and Who Run The World. She can afford to break out of the mold once in a while and we really wish she had done it in this perfume advertisement. We say this especially after writing about Lady Gaga‘s ad for Fame, which we posted yesterday. Gaga was buck naked it in, with little men crawling all over her and we still didn’t think it was risque enough for the singer. That’s how much she pushes the envelope. So we really wish that Bey had done the same and hadn’t made this shot so stereotypical. Sexy hair flying, sexy dress in a color reminiscent of midnight, on a rooftop against the midnight sky — we get it.
Here are a couple of things we know about Lady Gaga that link to what we’re going to say about her new campaign for her fragrance, Fame. Firstly, she’s very proud of her body. No one would walk around in BDSM-inspired gear if they weren’t sure that their butt and boobs had gravity roundly beat. Secondly, Fame includes ingredients like tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea and black veil of incense. It doesn’t seem to contain any “blood or semen.” Now, with a lead-up like that, we had a feeling that the fragrance’s campaign would have to be pretty … special. With a healthy dose of NSFW. We were right. Mother Monster tweeted a look at what the advertisement is going to look like, writing, “Photo by STEVEN KLEIN. The First Ever Black Eau de Parfum. Model: Lady Gaga.” Right before she unveiled the shot, she also tweeted, “i won’t lie I’m a bit nervous. its been a while since i’ve shared some work with you. But i’m so proud of Steven+I, we really did not sleep!” It’s basically a be-masked Gaga, totally naked, with little men crawling all over her body. Risque? Not for Lady Gaga, we think. But what’s your take?
The brainstorming session for this must have gone so easily. We can imagine Rihanna sitting, in tiny booty shorts, natch, talking to a room full of people about the campaign for her new perfume Nude.
Rihanna: “All those in favor of me taking my clothes off say ‘Aye.’”
Room full of people: “AYE!”
And it was settled. We got a heads up from the singer, right before the weekend rolled in, that a new fragrance was in the cards. She posted a message on a Twitter, or rather a tweetgram, that detailed, “I got a big shoot tomorrow for a surprise fragrance for my ladies called … NUDE! Bye bye dreadz, for NOW!” She wasn’t kidding. In this new batch of pictures, which are all behind-the-scenes shots, revealed on her best pal Melissa Forde‘s Instagram account, the singer is rocking a shade of dirty blond. The risque shots also have the singer naked from the waist up, but covering her modesty with her arms. We’re not too sure about the fate of Rihanna’s dreadlocks but her brunette coloring is still intact. A tweet on her account says, “blond was just for the shoot! I’m still black.” Note, we’re not reacting at all to the lack of clothing above. This is like a regular ol’ thing for Rih, so no eyelids are being batted around these parts.
What would Madonna smell like? Certainly not of hydrangeas. Maybe she smells of the collective anger and disdain of her exes (hi, Guy Ritchie.) Luckily, we don’t have to guess what tastes Queen Madge has because she’s letting us spritz and smell for ourselves now. Madonna launched her signature perfume Truth or Dare through the company Coty, at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City last night. The fragrance bottle was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, FYI. The singer wore a black, semi-sheer Dolce & Gabbana dress to the event, complete with a prominent cross. Very Like A Virgin.
Madge also explained the origins of Truth or Dare to WWD, saying, “I have always been obsessed by fragrance and for years wanted to create something personal that was an expression of me, but that other people could relate to as well. My oldest memory of my mother is her perfume, I carry it with me everywhere. She always smelled like gardenias and tuberose, an intoxicating mixture [that was] feminine and mysterious. I wanted to re-create this scent, but with something fresh and new about it as well.” If you want the specifics — like “opening with notes of gardenia, creamy tuberose and neroli. The heart consists of jasmine, benzoin and white lily” kind of specifics — then we’d suggest heading over to Fragrantica. Or just make the trip to Macy’s for a whiff!
Katy Perry is such a paradox. Look at how demure she looks at the launch of her perfume Meow! at Nordstrom at The Grove in L.A. The bobbed hair, the large black pussy bow (har har, we’re not kidding), the pastel pink everything, including, her twin set! Yes, we actually see a cardigan on Ms. Perry. But as usual, she may look like sweetness and light but that doesn’t take away from the (very loud) personality underneath. Katy made sure she rocked out just enough, as you can see on the photograph on the right. This is the second fragrance the singer has launched. Her first — Purr — came out earlier this year.
Taylor Swift’s teaser for her new fragrance Wonderstruckis just magical! The girl is just so darn pretty it’s ridiculous! The teaser commercial features Taylor looking lovely in ruffled Christian Siriano gown while roaming around a mansion with a mystery man. Her song Enchanted plays in the background as she says, “Once you’ve been struck, you’ll never be the same again.” It’s very … Taylor. You’ll agree with us when you watch it. It could seriously be one of her music videos! The perfume is due in stores in October and we have a feeling it’s going to do rather well! Even we’re going to give it a sniff! Until then, we’ll just have to wait for the full-length commercial.
She would know, right? Considering she’s a fragranista now, due to the release of her perfume Pulse! But that’s not the reason why Beyonce thinks hubby Jay-Z smells off! In a conversation with Entertainment Tonight Canada, Beyonce revealed that her olfactory sense is completely out of whack due to her pregnancy! She said, “Oh! My nose is like [mimics radar] ‘doot, doot, doot’! I smell everything! It enhances it. If it smells bad, I smell it! My husband’s fragrance, his one that I always love, I hate right now. So, thank God I love this one .” So don’t worry, folks. All is well. No trouble in paradise, unless Bey gets a whiff of Jay-Z. Poor guy!
The Kardashians never do things by half, do they? Consider Kim Kardashian‘s new perfume Gold which asks buyers to “transcend the ordinary”. In pure KK style., it’s all about the cleavage and how precious (metal) it is. Because in her world “K” stands for “karat”, right? The new fragrance campaign has a — what’s the word for it? — statuesque Kim dressed in a plunging gold gown, with her skin dusted liberally with gold sparkle. Even the mirror behind is gold, just in case you didn’t get the point. There’s nothing known as overkill in the Kardashian world, guys. What do you think of the shot?
Oh, no, girl! Dakota Fanning stars in the Oh, Lola! campaign for Marc Jacobs. It’s the designer’s new fragrance for summer and is being marketed as “lively, playful, irresistible, stylish and cheerful”. That’s all just dandy, but what we’re a bit concerned about is the advertisement itself.
The shot, taken by Juergen Teller, depicts a wide-eyed, artfully disheveled actress as Lolita, with the rose tipped bottle placed between her legs. Dakota just graduated high school! She’s just 17 years old. Much as we love her, isn’t this way too suggestive? We get the “Lolita” character was meant to be that way, but that’s the reason why it’s caused so much debate till now. Come on, seriously? Rose cap for a bottle? Between the legs? Babydoll dress? It’s a bit too sexual for us, mainly because they’ve got such a young model posing in it. Then again, Marc Jacobs has never been cookie cutter and has always pushed boundaries with his campaigns. We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether this is a bit too controversial an ad for Dakota to be in.