Your challenge for today: scent Patsy & Edina. Or anyone you like from Ab Fab — Saffy? Bubble?
I'm running late (as usual) and so haven't got an answer of my own. I meant to come up with suggestions last night, but hey, I was too busy watching TV. I'll try to think of something and add it to the comments later.
Extra bonus questions:
What is your favorite (currently running) comedy show? I'm watching The Office (I liked the British version better, but the US one has grown on me). I also follow Flight of The Conchords and Curb Your Enthusiasm as new seasons are released on DVD.
What shows, books, or other topics would you like to see featured in a lazy poll?
Well, my sis (ex-step sister) and I always joked that my step-mother Cynda (her mom) WAS Patsy…and Cynda wore Cabotine FOREVER- SO:
Patsy- Cabotine to cover up the cigarettes and scotch
Edina – something from the drugstore…trashy….oh, I know- Shalimar for everyday and TABU for special occasions!
Saffy- Fresh Sugar
I LOVE the Office (American version- and have not had the chance to see the Brit version) and would love to do a poll on THOSE characters!
Are you kidding? Edina would of course ONLY be wearing something by Gaultier.
I love Bubble (Jane Horrocks is always incredible) but have no idea what she'd wear.
As for TV — I just got cable last month for the first time in four years to watch the Olympics. I'll probably keep it connected, but have no regular watching habits and I'm afraid of developing any.
Edina wears the newest Lacroix no matter what it smell like, but she should be in Jicky, Patsy should be in Jasmin et Cigarette or Knize 10 instead of what she pulled from her samples closet at the magazine, Saffy probably wears something from The Body Shop, but she should wear Givenchy III or play against type and wear Carnal flower, and Bubble should wear Odeur 71.
Oh lord, I loved AbFab. I guess Patsy could wear Jasmine et Cigarettes (is that the name?) and Edina something from the drugstore. I agree with helenviolette's suggestion: Tabu sounds about right for Edina!
I love Project Runway. And, I can't wait for Private Practice and Grey's Anatomy to return to TV. Right now, I am watching SATC re-runs, and “trying” to get into MadMen.
Oh Gaultier, that's perfect for her!!
Patsy – Tabac Blonde with her Chanel Suite for her magazine power meetings, and then of course, Angel for when she's going out to pick up men, and then whatever cheap cologne she can find in the Odd Binz below her flat (How about that Tabu? – something you can smell through stale cig smoke and a hangover)….
Edie – whatever's just come out that's wayy too expensive: Amouage – all of them — just because. But no, she's a hip cool hippie girl – Tom Ford White Patchouli.
Saf – Kenzo Flower Oriental b/c it smells simple like rice pudding, or nothing at all – since all perfumes exploit someone, somehow.
Madga – Paloma Picasso Mon Parfum to hit everyone over the head with
Bubble – her boyfriends binaca b/c she didn't know any better….
I adored the British version, and hated the American one when it first ran. Now I like the American too. Wonder what you'll think of the British if you watch it now, having seen the American first? The Brit version is MUCH meaner, more cutting, and there's something more utterly hopeless about the entire set-up.
Gaultier! Of course.
Most of what I watch I watch either online (The Office & House) or from Netflix. We do have cable but I hate being “stuck” in front of the TV — much rather have a DVD or be online where I can hit Pause.
Perfect!! Esp. love Patsy in Knize 10.
LOL — all of them are perfect! Mother in lavender powder really made me laugh.
R, I loved it too, and it's one of only a few shows I can watch in reruns over & over. I'd love to have the DVD set.
I have not seen any of your other shows!
Spewed my tea (I'm so not ab fab, drinking tea instead of cocktails) over the binaca — perfect.
Edina: Patsy, what are you drinking?
Patsy: Chanel No. 5.
One of my favorite lines. That's all
OMG! I loves those two!
Edina would douse herself in Tuberose by Jo Malone.
Patsy would take a swig from a bottle of Chanel No 5
Bubble would not be able to open a bottle of perfume
Saffy – baby powder or Body shop
Lacroix, sweetie. Lacroix.
Patsy: “Edie, promise me you'll never make me a cup of tea!!!!!!”
I LOVE ABFAB!!!
Patsy will wear: Mitsouko or something 'champagne scented'!
Edie: Betsy Johnson edp! or something outrageously expensive!
I love them!
Edina-The exact friction of stars by Pilar and Lucy
Patsy-Tar EdT by Comme des Garcons Series 6: Synthetic
All kidding aside. Gaultier or CdG, Luxe Patchouli
Love AbFab…okay, Patsy would wear something decadent and boozy like Parfume d'Empire Ambre Russe (vodka and champagne notes). Edina would wear anything by Lacroix, or maybe Westwood's Boudoir.
My favourite comedy show? That's tough…probably The Daily Show or 30 Rock.
LOL — great line!
Sunsetsong, so true about Bubble!
Ha, I did not remember that line! Sure is in character, though.
great thread. clive christian x or jasmine and cigarettes for Patsy and Edina- jalaine patchouli or Neal Morris spectral violet
CdG Tar, LOL! Good one.
Karen, I adore the Daily Show but haven't seen 30 Rock, I should check it out.
Anything called “Spectral Violet” would be perfect for Edina!
I loved abfab when it was on! The first thing I thought of for Pats was Miss Balmain, which is strong and very leathery and swinging '60's, her heyday. Edina would wear something very sweet, heavy and gourmand, or heavily spicy and incense-y (she did name her daughter Saffron, after all.) Chopard Casmir? Or maybe something like Cannabis Rose. For Saffy the Body Shop is perfect but for some reason I first thought “Burt's Bees Cologne.” Or some simple Yardley lavender water.
My current favorite show is “Mad Men” and I've been thinking about what those guys and gals would wear, and cruising ebay for funny vintage scents circa 1960.
Oh hello–just when thought I couldn't adore this blog anymore, you go and throw an Ab/Fab question at us. Beyond darling! All I smell right now is contentment.
But if I must…
Edina: OPIUM. Loads of it. As if her clothes were soaked in the stuff, then dried while hanging in a window. Plus patchouli oil.
Patsy: As much as I want to go for a pricier gig, I just have to say “Giorgio”. She IS “Giorgio”–loud, comes in lots of gold-toned packaging, very “Danielle Steele”-esque in presentation. There is no question of who s walking into a room whn thse two enter together.
Saffron: Poor dear. She's like the “Mommy” and little baby rolled into one. Ivory soap. Maybe “Love's Baby Soft” or “CK ONE” when she' feeling particularily sexy…in her way.
Hmmm…Edina is obsessed with Christian Lacroix, so possibly C'est la Fete for her. Or possibly Burberry Brit–she did at least one episode where she was dressed (garishly) in Burberry plaid.
Patsy would wear something loud and ornate, like Opium (which she also might drink). Given the name, she might also be drawn to Dior Addict.
Saffy? If she wore anything, it would probably be something Calone-based, like L'Eau d'Issey. Or possibly something from the Body Shop, but my guess is nothing.
Bubble–this is the toughest one of all, but I could imagine Bubble possibly wearing Angel or one of the Angel floral flankers.
oh, I'm addicted to Mad Men, too…well, Joan wore Shalimar in one episode – that seems to fit her. I imagine Betty would wear Chanel No. 5, but Peggy – maybe Muguet des Bois. And Salvatore the art director – Jicky?
Ok, I'll give it a go….
For Edina I'd Say Tabu (If the show was still on-air, she'd probably had upgraded to SJP Lovely)
For Patsy, well, whatever she picks up in a drunken stupor and between wisps of cigarrette smoke. i would say Ted Lapidus Fantasme, day and night.
Saffy is a character both adorable and obnoxious at times, her self righteousness can be annoying!! (there, I am channeling my inner Patsy!) So she probably smells like Johnson's baby cologne and cheap drugstore deodorant, whatever was nearest her hand when she reached for deodorant at the drugstore.
The rest I don't know
Patsy – let's go with YSL Ivresse for its champagne notes or Tabac Blond for its ciggy accord.
Edina – Valentino Rock 'n' Rose Couture – she would be attracted to the lace trim – Covet Pure Bloom (pretty in purple), the most baubley-looking Britney in the clearance pile, though there are also a number of blowsy retro Elizabeth Ardens that might catch her fancy at bargain prices!
TV fave – Desperate Housewives!!! Loved The Office when it was out here, even caught some of the German version, though the speech was a bit too slurry for me to follow, and I didn't get some of the in-jokes!
Oh, good call! Salvatore is definitely Jicky! I love Joan and Shalimar is perfect. I was thinking maybe Wind Song for Peggy because she's secretly such a romantic. Grey Flannel for Sterling… but what about Don?
Ok, have to google Mad Men … I'm so out of it.
Patsy really is Giorgio, isn't she? Cracking up at Saffy in Love's Baby Soft, poor thing!
Eddie: LACROIX, darling.
Patsy: Bandit would be appropriate, but she probably wears copius amounts of Fracas
Saffy: patchouli oil or maybe Tiger balm
I'm so excited about 30 Rock coming back. other favorite comedy shows (that aren't animated? Futurama, Simpsons and Family Guy are ruled out in that case!): Anything that Steve Coogan is involved in: Alan Partridge and Saxondale
Ooh, yes, Saxondale, also Nighty Night and Coupling!
C'est La Fete would actually fit smell-wise, too. I now think the commenter above is right: Bubble wouldn't be able to open a perfume bottle
Good picks! I saw Saffy in another show later, and couldn't believe the transformation — she always annoyed me. Can't remember what it was, though!
Wow, didn't know there was a German office. It's quite a franchise!
Cracked up at Tiger Balm — would figure. I guess I need to check out 30 Rock! And don't know Steve Coogan. I'm so out of it.
i was definitely thinking some kind of medicinal ointment – I always imagined saffy as having a waft of camphor about her!
I'm trying to think of the british blue collar equivalent of Jovan Musk for Men? I think Tommy Saxondale would wear some kind of cheap 70's rock n roll musk to supplement the beard funk and exterminator's chemicals.
Magz would wear some kind of gothic perfume oil – maybe from loree rodkin, black phoenix alchemy lab or dragonfly blue?
I think its important to remember these characters are all English.
So Bubbles will wear Vivienne Westwood, I think Sin Garden, during the dat with occasional forays into Alexander McQueen Kingdom at night, and the Penhaligons Lily of the Valley or Bluebell for weddings etc.
Saffy is a Bronnley soaps girl, rose or lavender, with Bronnley White Iris EDT or Laura Ashley Dilys for special events.
Patsy wore Giorgio in the 80s, Poison in the 90s, Fracas until it became hip & now wears Jicky, when she can get Eddie to spring for it or Tabu when she's broke.
Eddie wears whatever is the latest promo at Harvey Nicks, or whomever she's representing at the moment. She has a closet full of bottles that have been barely used (her Mom raids it periodically for the latest Jo Malone), but her favorite thing is Angel – she's just afraid to admit it.
You're well ahead of me on Goth outlets for Magz, haha!
If Tommy were a teen today he might go for the Lynx effect, but I am not sure there was a huge choice in the 70's – all the men I knew were Old Spice (older), Brut (younger) or retrosexuals who just used Imperial Leather.
yes, that's the only one i can imagine for Edina. Patsy would use something that reeks…folmaldehyde?
Saffron buys TBS perfume oil or anything eco-friendly.
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Wind Song for Peggy – yes. Well, Don – he has a lot of secrets. Maybe he'd wear Eau Sauvage because it's safe and classic, easy to hide behind… But what about Pete? I think he'd try to wear something to make a statement, and be completely unable to pull it off…
I've been reading this blog the past few months but this post prompted my creating an account to comment. I LOVE AbFab, it's one of the few shows I watch (Keeping Up Appearances, anything on TCM, CNN, and the Martha Stewart show) .
Gran: agree she wears lavender, probably Yardley of London.
Saffy: old Arpege
Edwina: Guerlain's Samsara because she's a Buddhist dahling!
Patsy: My first thought was Charlie! or something equally cheap, old, and dirty but she's always so put together I'll have to agree with previous posts and select something from YSL's library
Bubble: Pink Sugar
Great poll, & oh, how miss that show!
Edina: Lacroix, sweetie, Lacroix!
Patsy: Opium, Addict, Poison, & Alien… layered together
Bubble: Harajaku Lovers
Saffy: Jean Nate
The first season is out on DVD. A lot of the show's appeal is its recreation of the bygone era of the early 1960's – the hair, makeup, fashion, food (steak and scotch, baby), and the attitudes of the characters. (“One minute you're drinking at a bar and they call to tell you your kid's been born, the next minute they're graduating from college…” )
LOL — perfect all around, thanks!
Yep — same link I used in the article
Hah… Remember when they were sitting on the bathroom floor talking about growing old? And Patsy said: “Edie, Edie..promise to never make me a cup of tea!!!”
I loved that line cuz the statement that comes across is even though we're old, we don't have to act OLD! Like having tea… (though, I love tea). Man, I have to get the DVD collection of ABFab!!!
I really need to watch them all again…no memory of that at all! I need the DVD collection too.