Perfume ads are fascinating. I love chic, elegant ads like those of Balenciaga’s and Balmain’s perfumes. I also love slightly bizarre ones, where you have to gaze at the image for a while to hopefully figure out what it is all about. Like this:
But sometimes “strange” is not synonimous with beautiful or enthralling. Sometimes it stands for What Were They Thinking?? For your amusement, here is my list of
Perfume Ads That Make Me Go, Huh?!
We’ll start gently…
Perhaps I am imagining things, but does not this woman look to you as if she is descreetly protecting her nose from a disagreeable smell of some sort? I don’t think she likes Gio much…
We’ve seen America’s Next Top Model and we know how long, how exhausting photoshoots can be. So we won’t blame this poor girl for falling asleep in front of the camera…We will, however, blame the photographer for not waking her.
It gets scarier…
Paging Special Victims Unit. This is child abuse!
And the same here. Look how miserable these poor teenagers are. Who, I ask you, will find this ad appealing?
This guy is obviously in pain! It seems, he is being tortured!
Why are her hands bound behind her back? Is she a slave?
And this person of unidentifiable gender is drawning. Look at the exhausted face, look at terror, despair and hopelessness in his/her eyes.
T-1000 from Terminator 2?
This guy scares me. What’s he supposed to be? A Post Modern Dracula from a very bad horror film?
Is that a rifle in your hands or are you just glad to see me??
And this is not so much scary as downright repulsive:
A dozen soccer boots! What a great idea for a perfume ad…just imagine the stench! Even for me this would be too much skank.
Oh, the stereotypes!
A typical Russian woman. An officer of the army by day, a sensual siren by night…she can do it all!
I realise that the ads should be taken in the context of the time when they were created…but still…Eau de Investment Banker, anyone?
Yves Saint Laurent seem to specialize in strange ads.
I’ve tried to understand this one. I am all for the nudity in perfume advertisements. I love M7. But this seems just pointless to me…I don’t get it…
I admire him, I truly do. But an attractive nude model he is not.
Some more “masterpieces”:
Why is a mad woman walking on an elegantly laid out table a good idea for a Perfume Ad?
Bond? James Bond?
Do you see what I see or should I get my mind out of the gutter? I think this ad is begging to be submitted to I’m Potent Now.
s is this one:
The ads shown here are from Parfum de Pub and Images de Parfum.
Next Tuesday, Hit Parade of the Hottest Guys in Perfume Ads. Anything E! Channel can do, I can do better.
Tomorrow, Spritz Me Baby One More Time, an article by Tina.