Miss Dior Cherie, In 3-D-------
It looks like Alice in Wonderland-themed cosmetics ranges aren’t the only way the 3-D movie spectacular has infiltrated the beauty world. Dior has just released a new “augmented reality” Web site for its Miss Dior Cherie perfume to bring the popularity of three-dimensional technology to fragrance. The idea is to provide a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment with elements that are enhanced by computer-generated imagery. In this case, the physical real-world environment is a colored picture of the Dior fragrance ad that you can print out from your computer. Once it’s printed, you simply hold it up to your Web cam to reveal a pop-up book version of the image on your screen. From there, all the newly visible elements are clickable, including a bouquet of flowers that leads you to information about the feminine eau’s floral notes (which include violet, pink jasmine, and strawberry leaves) and a camera icon that takes you to a cut of Sofia Coppola’s fantastically happy commercial for the scent starring Maryna Linchuk. The short film itself is not in 3-D, unfortunately, but we would happily don a pair of those black-rimmed, cornea-bending glasses to watch its scenes of candy-colored macarons and warm Parisian sunlight jump out right in front of our face. Virtual reality can be oh-so satisfying.