Perfume Style à la Anna Karenina

Perfume Style à la Anna Karenina

High society, couture and an illicit affair: Joe Wright’s take on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is a dramatic affair. And Keira Knightley’s turn in pearls and diamonds, vintage Balenciaga and fur has us pondering the perfume worn beneath it all. Or rather, what would suit the young Russian princess.

Kiera Knightley as Anna Karenina, would she wear Marchesa?Marchesa Parfum D’Extase, with its sparkling top floral notes, suggested the wonder of a young noble caught up in the romance of a fling. But then it gets more interesting. The spritz mixes woods with iris, violet leaves, jasmine, ambrox and musk to achieve a more sensuous, sultry effect. It’s pretty but not uncomplicated.

Then the bottle: Crafted to look like a block of crystal, it is set with a glitter-encrusted ribbon. Its theatricality nods to the elaborate gowns of the brand’s designers, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, which look tailor-made for any princess, 19th or 21st century.

Marchesa Parfum D’Extase EDP, $72 (50 ml),

Inspired by the couture of it all? See the Marchesa video on the making of the scent. 

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.