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Chanel Gabrielle ~ new fragrance

Chanel Gabrielle

Chanel will launch Gabrielle, a new abstract floral for women, in September. Gabrielle is named for the brand’s founder, Gabrielle Chanel, and hopes to evoke “the rebellious, mold-breaking spirit of her early years before she became Coco.” The fragrance will be fronted by actress Kristen Stewart…

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Chanel, Caron and Guerlain in Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita

“The first time I encountered a perfume that beguiled me was in the pages of a book. The sultry red-haired witch in Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita enticed women with the promise of “Guerlain, Chanel No 5, Mitsouko, Narcisse Noir, evening gowns, cocktail dresses…” It would be some years before I smelled these perfumes, yet their names left a “baffling […]

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Master your freedom

Chapters 19 (below the jump) and 20 in the ongoing Inside Chanel series. If you’d like to work backwards, here is 17 and 18.

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All About Coco

Three 15-second films for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle — Excessive, then below the jump, Unpredictable and Mischievous.

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Three Ultimate Iris Perfumes

Once, as I was telling Maurice Roucel how much I loved his Iris Silver Mist, a perfume he created for Serge Lutens, he laughed and explained that Lutens kept asking again and again for more iris, so he ended up using all the iris aromatics in the catalogue of his company and essentially “mixing them together.” […]

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5 perfumes: Best of the 1970s

The Halstonettes, with Halston

One of the few movies I like more every time I see it is Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. I did not come of age in Texas in the summer of 1976; indeed, I am Canadian and was a teenager when the comedy released in 1993, 17 years later. But it is a movie that proves that late adolescence is often the same country. In one of the many drunken sociological conversations that pepper both this stage of life and the wandering film, bubbly free-thinker Cynthia Dunn lays out her “‘every other decade’ theory”: “The 50s were boring. The 60s rocked. The 70s, my God, they obviously suck. So maybe the 80s will be, like, radical.” The moment is memorable because Linklater allows himself so few superior jokes on his characters. As anybody who grew up then knows, the 80s were not radical. Even the cultural “cool kids” of the 80s, like Elvis Costello in his Buddy Holly glasses and David Byrne in his ever-growing suit, seemed to have a parodic, critical air about their work, like they knew they were producing their best stuff in an Arnoldian Epoch of Concentration.

Meanwhile, the 70s were often remembered as the era of Saturday Night Fever, a silly, narcissistic ‘Me decade’ of disco and embarrassing jumpsuits…

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5 perfumes: vetiver fragrances for spring

Vetiver mat

It’s April, and we ought to be having spring weather, but so far, it’s been elusive at best, at least in my neck of the woods. After a warmer than usual winter, we’re having a colder than usual spring (I’ve got my heat on today, again). All the same, it’s time for the spring vetiver list (I’ve already done summer, fall and winter, and I’m now accepting votes in the comments for what note, fragrance family or style to do next). As always, the line between the seasons is perhaps a bit arbitrary and/or personal, but for spring we’re looking for versatility: not so heavy as winter, not so light as summer, able to work in nearly any weather, perhaps a bit more lighthearted than the fall list? And as always, do add your own picks in the comments!

Parfums DelRae Panache: I think of Panache as a kinder, gentler riff on Serge Lutens Chêne, with vetiver mingling with the oak and rum…

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The Shifting Contexts of Perfume

Could other factors, apart from the aroma itself, influence our perception of perfume? Yes, of course, and this is not limited to fragrance. Elisa explores the topic. A few years ago, I went to a nearby wine shop to stock up for a weekend in the mountains with some old college friends. A representative from a […]

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The daily lemming

Chanel Huile de Jasmin

Another one that I happily don’t want, but guessing many of you will — Chanel’s new Huile de Jasmin: “A luxurious facial oil inspired by Mademoiselle’s original skincare collection. Delicately scented with Grasse Jasmine Extract, the formula smoothes and comforts skin. The 99-percent naturally derived formula is composed of ingredients selected for sensorial richness and compatibility with skin. Pure oils, including Camellia Oil, Limnathes Alba Oil and Jojoba Oil, deliver moisture and infuse skin with revitalizing properties.” Possibly exclusive to the Chanel website, $120 for 50 ml…

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It’s Not That Easy Being Green, Or Is It?

Much like fashion, the trends of perfumery are cicular and what is in favour now, is likely to be garbage tomorrow. This is the nature of trends – we overdose on the good stuff for a period of time until … Continue reading Continue reading

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