8 posts tagged "Andy warhol"
It’s common knowledge that Andy Warhol’s home and playground was New York. But like most inhabitants of this fair city, when the weather got warmer, he too found it necessary to break for the seaside. Montauk, specifically. Of course, it wasn’t all tranquil afternoons spent painting and sipping lemonade. Warhol often brought his Factory people to his 20-acre estate. Just in time for Memorial Day, Bond No. 9 has bottled this idea of disco-meets-the-sea in a unisex take on the oft imitated “beach scent.” The Montauk-in-extremis fragrance, Andy Warhol Montauk, is the fifth offering in the brand’s series of Warhol collectible eaux de parfum. It features top notes of blueberry and wild bergamot, a floral heart, and a dry-down of red oak, driftwood, and amber meant to evoke Montauk’s pristine sunsets and the nighttime antics that tend to follow. The fragrance arrives in stores on Monday.
Pompadour. Mohawk. Bouffant. Call it what you will, volumized, sculptural updos kept popping up on the Milan runway, prompting us to wonder if there was some kind of meeting of the world’s most influential styling minds in which an all-hands-in pact to keep things big was made over a teasing comb. From the soft, wispy Elvis extremism at MaxMara to the greaser-turned-punk look at Moschino and the almost Warholian mess of serpentine strands at Fendi, plain old straight and smooth will apparently not fly for Spring. Consider yourself in the know.
Photo: Counter-clockwise from left, Greg Kessler at MaxMara and Fendi; Marcio Madeira at Moschino
Before Andy Warhol became the king of the Factory and one of the most recognizable pop culture icons of the twentieth century, his first years in New York followed the current “starving artist” model pretty carefully—squatting in a furnitureless apartment, doing odd jobs to make money. While holed up in one of these fine establishments at 242 Lexington Avenue in the early 1950′s, Warhol began selling shoe illustrations for ads that would later appear in The New York Times and the Herald Tribune on a regular basis. With his characteristically quirky sensibility, he sketched the pointy-toe heels of burgeoning Mod fame, images that ultimately made their way into a self-published book and onto the flacon of Bond No. 9‘s newest Warhol-inspired fragrance, Lexington Avenue. In collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the downtown perfumery’s third olfactory homage to one of New York’s favorite sons is a “feminine floral” eau de parfum with woodsy gourmand notes that are intended to achieve the perfume equivalent of an outrageously luxurious pair of stiletto heels. While the idea of smelling like shoes might be off-putting at first, try to go with it as Warhol’s legacy definitely supports a little thinking outside the box.
Bond No. 9 Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue, $195, www.bondno9.com
Photo: Courtesy of Bond No. 9