Rebel Heart

The scent of a new fem­i­nin­ity, Gabrielle Chanel en­tices women to ex­press who they are openly, with their in­ti­mate, un­var­nished truth

Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Beauty Book | Spotlight - WORDS: SAM SAN­TA­MARIA

If so­ci­ety had its way, Gabrielle Chanel would have been a hum­ble seam­stress work­ing with nee­dle and thread; but she de­cided oth­er­wise: she would be a woman of fash­ion, cul­ti­vated, and free of all con­straints. Be­fore she forged the char­ac­ter of Coco, the world-renowned de­signer was Gabrielle, a re­bel­lious spirit who al­lowed no door to be closed to her. “I want to be part of what hap­pens,” she liked to say, as she soared from mod­est so­cial cir­cum­stances, con­quer­ing Paris with hard work and bold char­ac­ter. In­sti­gat­ing a new fem­i­nin­ity, a way of thought en­tic­ing women to break free from es­tab­lished norms, Gabrielle re­mains an icon to women of all ages and all walks of life.

Fly­ing in the face of so­cial con­ven­tions, Gabrielle Chanel is a fra­grance of the woman who chooses her own path: a re­bel­lious heart that beats to re­veal her unique iden­tity. An ex­cep­tional bot­tle for an ex­cep­tional fra­grance, the thin-walled glass bot­tle took years to de­velop. Like an un­var­nished truth, the glass of the bot­tle has never been so fine, al­low­ing the fra­grance to ra­di­ate fully; an ex­plo­sive corolla, a whirl­wind of petals, a white flower so ver­tig­i­nous, its light seems to ra­di­ate from the skin. Per­fumer Olivier Polge, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Chanel Fra­grance Cre­ation and De­vel­op­ment Lab­o­ra­tory, cre­ated a dream flower by se­lect­ing ylang-ylang, jas­mine, and or­ange blos­som, as well as a touch of tuberose. White musk notes add to the vel­vet of ylang-ylang petals, milky san­dal­wood ac­cen­tu­ates the creami­ness of tuberose, and the fresh­ness of or­ange blos­son is boosted by man­darin peel, a zest of grape­fruit, and a hint of black cur­rant. The imag­i­nary flower dif­fuses its lu­mi­nous power like a flo­ral halo. Gabrielle Chanel is a fra­grance that in­vites women to have faith in who they are and what they are ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing. With ac­tress Kris­ten Stew­art as the face of Gabrielle, a woman si­mul­ta­ne­ously fem­i­nine and mas­cu­line, se­cre­tive and re­veal­ing, in­dif­fer­ent and pas­sion­ate, the brand has been given a new voice. The voice of a gen­uine revo­lu­tion.

CLOCK­WISE Por­trait of young Gabrielle Chanel; a golden bot­tle of Gabrielle; the face of the fra­grance, ac­tress Kris­ten Stew­art

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