Be­fore Chanel be­came Coco, she was Gabrielle. A woman in love – pas­sion­ate, de­fi­ant and, above all, in­de­pen­dent. To­day, Kris­ten Ste­wart fol­lows in her foot­steps, and carves out a unique path of her own

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - News -

Kris­ten Ste­wart fol­lows in Gabrielle Chanel’s foot­steps and carves a unique path of her own.

“Ihave cho­sen the per­son I wanted to be and am.” said Gabrielle Chanel.

Those words could have eas­ily been ut­tered by Kris­ten Ste­wart her­self, who has been the am­bas­sador of the house since

2013. Ac­cord­ing to Thomas du Pré Saint-Maur, Chanel’s Artis­tic Director of Beauty, Kris­ten ex­em­pli­fies eter­nal in­sub­or­di­na­tion. She is mod­ern, mag­netic, and in ab­so­lute con­trol of her body and spirit.

In a re­cent press in­ter­view, Kris­ten stated de­cid­edly that she had a very de­vel­oped sense of smell, and did not eas­ily take to per­fumes. How­ever, she is drawn to Gabrielle de Chanel in par­tic­u­lar – a per­fume which ex­udes a har­mo­nious bal­ance of au­dac­ity and dis­cre­tion, and one that “doesn’t speak loudly, but hears”. “A good fra­grance should be like a dress”, said the ac­tress – some­thing you don’t ex­actly plan on wear­ing, but when you do, it brings out a whole other side of you that you never knew ex­isted.

Grow­ing up in the San Fer­nando Val­ley in Los An­ge­les where or­ange blos­soms bloom in abun­dance, Kris­ten im­me­di­ately picked up this nos­tal­gic sweet and cit­rusy scent whilst vis­it­ing the Chanel per­fume lab­o­ra­tory – an el­e­ment which is ever present in the new Gabrielle fra­grance.

When asked what she had in com­mon with Gabrielle, Kris­ten re­mained hum­ble and mod­est, and could not even think about com­par­ing her­self to such an icon. Gabrielle was such a pioneer of change, and went against the so­ci­etal con­ven­tions and tra­di­tional mind­sets of her time. “I can only wish that I can one day project my­self in the same way she did,” she said.

Kris­ten has ex­pressed strong po­lit­i­cal views since Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion. How­ever, she doesn’t claim to know ev­ery­thing, and nei­ther does she pre­tend to be a rebel. Kris­ten is a woman who speaks her mind, and isn’t afraid to stand up for her con­vic­tions. “I have con­fi­dence in this new gen­er­a­tion – my gen­er­a­tion,” she said pas­sion­ately. With­out the weight of tra­di­tions and con­strict­ing mind­sets, and by bas­ing our con­vic­tions upon good and sin­cere in­ten­tions, we open our­selves to pos­i­tive progress and pave the way for a peace­ful, un­der­stand­ing so­ci­ety.

When it comes to fem­i­nin­ity and what it rep­re­sents, Kris­ten views women as strong in­de­pen­dent in­di­vid­u­als who are able to hold their own, while main­tain­ing a cool and gen­tle com­po­sure. You don’t have to be loud to make a state­ment – there is strength and beauty in be­ing dis­creet too.

The new Gabrielle de Chanel is sub­tle, yet au­da­cious. Or­ches­trated by per­fumer Olivier Polge, the fra­grance is a pas­sion­ate sym­phony of sen­sual ylang ylang, jas­mine, or­ange blos­soms and white musk, lifted by fresh notes of grape­fruit and black­cur­rant.

A good fra­grance should be like a dress - KRIS­TEN STE­WART

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