Bottled up: the lure of perfume bottles

What better way to brighten up your day than to wear a unique scent that expresses who you are and who you want to be? I confess I own more than six perfumes at any one time but never had I thought to get a perfume bottle that will also kick start my day in a lovely way.

I chanced upon Àlex Añó’s perfume bottles recently and have been lusting over them since. They are unusual and eccentric but at the same time, beautiful in an eerie, mystical way and I wish to have a series of all these gorgeous bottles.

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The artist has been working with glass since 1992 and had participated in exhibitions at Galeria Montcada Tallers and l’Espai Vidre in Barcelona, la Galerie Workshop in Berlin and at the Galeria Art-o-nivo in Bruges. He specialized in Glass Grinding at the Massana art school in Barcelona and developed his craft at various institutions such as the Fundació Centre del Vidre in Barcelona, the “Cerfav” in Vannes-le-Châtel in France and La Granja Fundación Centro Nacional del Vidrio in Segovia.

In 2001, he perfected his technique at Franz Winkelkote’s workshop in Germany and since 2005, he has been designing and producing his own pieces. Currently, he shares his shop and studio in the Poble Espanyol with Katsue Kusumi, a ceramic artist. Àlex Añó’s works can be found on Alpha Art Trade, a website promoting artisans, artists and small manufacturers.

x Sybil

(Images from Alpha Art Trade)

Mary perfumes bottles a print

I was browsing through our previous entries when I came across Sybil’s short entry from the airport where she mused about the shapes and focal points of the perfume bottles available in the market.

Immediately I recalled my little note-to-self that I made when I saw that entry- to find out what Mary Katrantzou is doing right now.

Her debut collection launched last year (Fall 2009), inspired by the shapes of perfumes bottles was so vibrantly coloured and refreshingly new that I had instantly googled everything I could know about what she had done. That collection made such a great impression (on me) that I had told myself she was someone I should watch! (Then I kinda forgot all about it till now. Oops.)

Images from that collection Mary Katrantzou fall 2009

It’s so visually stimulating- the geometric lines are so graphical!

Love the flow of the lines and the futuristic styling!

Her Spring/Summer 2010 collection really topped it! I loved how her collection had added wavy lines and the prints mixed patterns of waves, stripes and colours. All these inspired from the art of glass-blowing. She even got a master in glass-blowing to make accessories from blown glass to compliment her outfits.

See the little mix of Swarovski beading on the right shoulder. A little touch of glamour!

Love the colours too! Note her bold colour palette. Seriously, not a lot of people can pull off this kaleidoscopic colour scheme.

Her Fall 2010 collection at first glance really seemed to reference Versace’s works (that sounds really vulgar, I mean, no designer will ever want to hear their work and the word ‘referenced’ together but with all the jewellery, pearls , scarves in that particular colour palette of gold, blood red, royal blue and black and white stripes, what else am I supposed to think. No offence though).

See what I mean.

I do like how the collection progressed though.  The pop of this royal blue jacket.

My favourite look in the collection! I want this necklace! I must say Mary Katrantzou also does awesome accessories!

There were some looks that had cascading ruffles and probably French lace, but I still prefer the simpler pieces that focused on perfecting the print.

I say ‘Print it perfect!’

X Alex

(Images from elle.com)

Perfume bottles as an art form

Perfume bottles as an art form?

Today perfumes (and cosmetics) stand alone successfully, no longer hiding behind the shadow of their main label.

The bottles that contain these lovely concoctions seem to have taken a life of their own. I was at the perfume section at the airport a few days ago, and boy was I excited- the displays looked like art installations! Some bottles were more ‘feminine’ with girly colours and intricate carvings;


(Scarlet by Cacharel) Note intricate carving!

some were minimalistic and edgy but most used a dramatic bottle cap as statement piece.


(D & G)- Minimalistic and stylist


(Lola by Marc jacobs) Extremely girly colours and in-your-face bottle cap!

What a beautiful showcase of fragrant glass pieces and what a refreshing way to start my trip!

ではまた! See you later! (in Japanese)

X Sybil

(Images by self)

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