Mary vs Anna

OMG, Mary Portas is gonna freak. Blogs are agush at news of the imminent arrival of Anna Dello Russo’s fragrance, Beyond. The scent (which contains notes of vanilla and almond) will be packaged in a bejewelled glass shoe. Rather similar I notice, to the glass perfume receptacle ridiculed featured on one of the best episodes of Mary Queen of Shops. In the gift-slash-interiors shop that Mary famously suggested should be renamed ‘Utter Shite, Come And Get It’, the retail guru took particular umbrage to one decorative shoe-shaped perfume dispenser…

What do you think? Could ADR possibly make the shoe-bottle cool?
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17 Responses to Mary vs Anna

  1. Fashion wild says:

    haha amazing shoes!

  2. Blink London says:

    I think I'm with Mary. What an odd choice for ADR! And kind of weird for her to launch a fragrance anyway, don't you think?

  3. That's Not My Age says:

    No, it's an abomination.

  4. Isabelle says:

    Haha such a good spot! I did a little fashion flinch when I saw the bottle, but I guess if anyone can carry something as OTT as that it's ADR…

  5. Random Fashion Coolness says:

    That is just plain ugly! Nothing like what I would have expected from ADR! I also didn't expect her face to be so key in the promotion…it's a bit too JLo/Britney for my liking.

  6. Penny Dreadful says:

    Ahahahahaha! The shoe-bottle has forever been tainted by association, I'm afraid this is a fail.

  7. Kirsty says:

    noooooo! i can't believe anna has made such a tasteless choice! i immediately thought of mary too!

  8. StyleNonsense says:

    Noooo, I Hate Them. Anna's One Looks Real Cheap!

  9. kerry @ miss power writes... says:

    christ on a bike who on EARTH let this one slip under the radar?

    team mary all the way!

  10. WendyB says:

    Ha ha ha! Love the comparison.

    I'm agreeing with designer-turned-blogger Eric Gaskins on a lot of issues here…

  11. Polly says:

    I think a very plain, clear shoe shaped bottle could be ok, as long as the proportions and size were right (I think a really small one would look best). However even that would be on the absolute boundaries of taste, and the ADR one just looks too glitzy and tacky for my liking. Also it seems really gimmicky, and she doesn't need gimmicks.

  12. WestEndGirl says:

    I loved that episode, especially the 'utter sh*te' bit. But I am not loving that shoe perfume bottle. At least the perfume isn't being dispensed from the bottle in the same way, that makes it slightly better…

  13. Pull Your Socks Up! says:

    Yeh it's ugly, but maybe it will really take off as a kitsch dressing table ornament where your friends will go "OMG you got the ADR perfume, isn't it just so hideously cool?"

  14. WeShop says:

    No, it's awful. I'm with Mary all the way on this one! x

  15. lucy :) says:

    I totally agree with mary! It's not really all that stylish, seems tacky and it can't be practical either – how do you get the dregs out of the bottom, its hard enough in a normal shaped container!

  16. EIGHT by JAZZY says:

    I'm 100% with Mary. Did Anna really need to sell-out like this? It's so bizarre! Now she's just another Kerry Katona/Paris Hilton/Chantelle/Chanelle/Chanterelle…

    I wonder, will they stock it in SemiChem?

  17. Deena says:

    ADR is launching a perfume?! That seems very odd to me.
    The bottle is AWFUL. I can't stand anything stiletto shaped apart from uh… stilettos.

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