The new Icon: Chanel Gabrielle EDP
At the press preview, we were literally given only a peek at this scent ($185) through a pinhole, but sometimes a peek is all that’s needed. Its bottle resembles so closely that of the famous No. 5 (the shape is just more square, the glass thinner to appear sleeker, and the cap is in metal, not glass) – a clear hint at how significant it’s meant to be. Factor in how it’s the brand’s first new fragrance in 15 years that’s not a spin-off, and a fresh take on classically feminine perfumes (nose Olivier Polge calls it an “abstract floral” with its mix of velvety ylang-ylang, creamy tuberose, milky sandalwood, and zesty orange blossom with mandarin peel), and you’re staring at the next scent to be on every woman’s “want list” for ages.