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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
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