Tag Archive: Versace

File this under “Very nice, but about 15 years too late.”  Some of it is pretty slick, actually, considering I can’t stand what Donatella has done to Versace since her brother’s untimely demise.  Ultimately, however, it looks as cheap as everything else she’s been doing lately.  The Kardashians will be thrilled, whoever they are…


Once again, leave it to Italy.  When I saw this, it occurred to me that there is a GAPING hole in the designer market aimed at retail sluts.  People are out there spending HUGE amounts of money on fabulous marble bathrooms with high-end chrome fixtures and Pratesi, Frette or Versace towels that cost a small mint.  So why are we falling short on the ass-end, so to speak?

Armani Casa, with its beiges, tans, blacks and grays, could clean up.  Literally.  Hermes as well, though this is probably too vulgar for them, despite the fact that France is still fascinated with those little jacuzzi’s for “the man in the boat”.  They already sell scented drawer liners, for crying out loud.  (Set of 5 sheets 16″x24″ is $45)

Then there’s the logo crowd.  I can already think of a few people who would wet themselves on the spot if they saw a roll of toilet paper with the canvas patterns of Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Fendi.

So there’s another multi-million dollar idea I should have kept to myself.

Benvenuti in Seletti.

Below is the complete museum program for “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor” by Christie’s.  I picked this up on the last of the 4 dates in Los Angeles at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center this past Saturday.  Please note this is NOT the actual auction catalog, this is only what is currently touring before the big auction in December.  There are 5 complete auction catalogs available at the bottom and they go up to $75 each or the complete boxed set for $300.

This is an 8 page touring catalog printed on card stock.  The original scanned size is 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ and aside from cropping a few scanned edges, no further alterations were done to these pages.  These are basically color thumbnails and not high resolution pics, so I’m afraid this is as good as it gets at 1,200 dpi.  I have some better photos elsewhere on this blog, site is at the bottom.


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Back Cover

Catalogs and other official Christie’s info: 


Eight of the better pictures I took on 10/15/11:


The perfume and cologne world has no shortage of creative packaging.  Some of it works forever.  The iconic flacon for Chanel #5, for example, will undoubtedly be around a century from now.

Jean Paul Gaultier got a little saucy in 1995 when he released Le Male.  It’s a tame version of its female counterpart that was wrapped in his signature metallic bustier and, aside from the blatant advertising, not something you would be embarrassed to have sitting out on your bathroom counter.  There was no glass weenie with a cock ring or anything.

"Le Male" by Jean Paul Gaultier

Enter Abercrombie & Fitch.  (Remember when they were an upscale sporting goods store with clothes that looked like L.L. Bean?)  When they went all Gianni Versace with their advertising in the 90’s, which was just short of being porn, they succeeded in shattering their former image.  Think Bruce Weber or Herb Ritts.  I remember at one point, their quarterly “catalog” was sold in their stores wrapped in plastic with a minimum age of 18 to buy.  It had nothing to do with clothes and thousands of bathrooms across the country were grateful for it.

Apparently someone thought the gay-porn-star-photography needed to actually be part of the bottle, as one of their images is now on the inside of the back of the bottle.  You would have to be an incredibly secure straight guy to have this sitting on you bureau.  The name lends further amusement.  “Fierce”.  For those of you not “in the know”, the word fierce is practically trademarked by drag queens, which makes it kinda gay.  Oh, who am I kidding?  It’s HELLAGAY.

Speaking on behalf of “my people”, I can tell you that I wouldn’t be caught dead with this sitting out any more than a bottle of lube and some poppers…

"Fierce" by Abercrombie & Fitch