As if your favorite British period drama wasn’t already taking over every waking moment in your life wondering what creator Julian Fellowes has in store for us in series 4, it’s time to maximize the retail and merchandising potential, which is somewhat uncommon for a British drama series. Recently, Wines That Rock, announced distribution of a Bordeaux fit for a Crawley’s palette. In the not-too-distant future, you can now dress like a Crawley when Ralph Lauren brings a bit of Downton influence to his upcoming collection. Not sure he has a Dowager Countess look in mind, but maybe some Crawley sisters inspired lines could be cool?
Now, just when you thought it was safe to head back in to the water, magically timed to coincide with the series 4 premiere of Downton Abbey, Marks & Spencer is set to bring a bit of Downton class and beauty into UK bathrooms this October with the launch of a full range of cosmetics ‘fit for a Crawley’. The centerpiece the 10-piece gift collection includes soaps, a scented candle, lipstick, crème bath and nail polishes.
Now you can smell like Violet Crawley (not sure that’s a good thing), have lips as pouty and kissable as Lady Mary, or lounge around like Lady Edith in a bubble bath with the launch of the first ever range of official Downton Abbey beauty products. Sorry U.S. fans, only in the UK at this time.
Each product is deemed ‘official’ by virtue of a Downton Abbey stamp and a quote from the series. Some, such as the above from the Dowager Countess herself, “No one wants to kiss a girl in black“, even doubles up as a wise word of advice while you are getting ready in the morning.