BOTTLED UP: On Tuesday night, perfume bottle designer Marc Rosen signed copies of his soon-to-be-published book “Glamour Icons: Perfume Bottle Design” at the Palm Court at The Plaza hotel. Included in the crowd were Ann Dexter-Jones, Carmen Dell’Orefice and Rosen’s wife, Arlene Dahl, whom he met while working on her own fragrance.
Liza Minnelli, a longtime friend of the couple, turned out to show her support, and for a brief spell sat next to Rosen while he signed away. She demonstrated her own expertise in the subject matter. “When Halston put out his first perfume that I loved so much, he didn’t even put his name on the bottle,” Minnelli said when asked about her favorite bottle designs. “He wouldn’t put his name on it.…But I said, ‘You’ve got to put your name on it,’ And he said: ‘Why? They’ll know who it is. They’ll ask.’ He was right. And I’ve collected all of these different beautiful shaped bottles of his, Peretti-influenced and some of them actually Peretti.”
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The pianist Michael Feinstein, who had accompanied Minnelli to the party, spoke up.
“The first thing you ever gave me as a present was a bottle of Halston cologne,” he said. “And I still have it.”
“Yes that’s right,” Minnelli said. “And that was so many years ago I can’t tell you.”