No. 5 is more about femininity and accomplishment. What Mademoiselle Chanel has is this whole paradox of being vulnerable and invincible…and impertinent. Gabrielle is really who she was [as Gabrielle]. We really want it to be the expression of who she was at her core as a woman whose values are so modern today…to feature who she was before she became Coco. We’ve done a lot of research with Millennial women around the world and you see very clearly they don’t want to be put in boxes. They want to live their own lives, they want to be themselves, they want to choose their destiny.
— Christine Dagousset of Chanel talks about the brand's upcoming fragrance. Gabrielle, described as an "abstract floral", will debut in June, and will be Chanel's first pillar for women since 2002's Chance. Read more at Chanel Plots Year of Gabrielle – New Scent Included at Women's Wear Daily.
Coming in February from Chanel, the Les Exclusifs collection in 4 ml miniatures. Fifteen fragrances (Bel Respiro, Sycomore, No. 22, Coromandel, Cuir de Russie, Jersey, No. 18, 31 Rue Cambon, 28 La Pausa, 1932, Gardénia, Beige, Bois des Iles, Eau de Cologne, Misia), limited edition, €290.
I tried not to get too Grinch-y over the holidays, and I did pretty well, considering the world events of late 2016 plus the fact that I was suffering occasional bouts of Instagram ennui. So many exotic vacations, so many artful table settings, so many #thankful embraces scrolling past my eyes; you may know what I mean.
I’m happy with my own lot in life, truly, but sometimes I worry — not on my own behalf, but on yours, dear readers. My taste in perfume may be glamorous, but my life is pretty quiet. I hate to let you down. Still, rather than fabricate some picture-perfect fantasy life, I’ll just come clean and share my own mundane activities, with the fragrances that I wear to dress them up a bit.
Just a regular day at the office: Byredo Rose Noir. This was my most-worn fragrance of 2016, because it’s a “no brainer” for me: a blend of citrus, rose and modern patchouli that doesn’t come on too strong. It’s my olfactory equivalent of my many basic black dresses…