A new destination Chanel Paris-Riviera

 

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French Maison Chanel launches a new perfume for both men and women simply named Paris-Riviera. Chanel Paris Riviera is all you need to have if you want to look stylish, modern, and memorable.

Launched in 2018, the Les Eaux de Chanel collection opened a whole new realm of olfactory sensations in the world of Chanel fragrances: one of freshness and elegance in any situation. Inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite destinations, and created by Olivier Polge, Les Eaux de Chanel adds a new destination: Paris-Riviera. Rare and exclusive, the new motionless escape will be available for one year starting June 1, 2019

Paris-Riviera is a floral and luminous fragrance that reflects the joyful, sunny spirit of the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s.

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The mere mention of its name conjures up images of a coastline winding its way between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Bringing the promise of azure blue and dancing sunlight, the Riviera evokes an enveloping softness and the lazy days of summer. From the far south bordering Italy and Monte Carlo to the Var, artists and creators from around the world were drawn to this Mediterranean coast as early as the 1920s. Thanks to her friend Misia Sert who introduced her to Venice, the gateway to the Orient, Gabrielle Chanel began sojourning on the Riviera in 1920.

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Gabrielle Chanel at her villa La Pausa, Roquebrune

She loved driving to Monaco with the Grand Duke Dimitri or travelling south on the Train Bleu, a means of transport made famous by Serge de Diaghilev who wrote a ballet by the same name and entrusted the costume design to Mademoiselle Chanel. She could often be found on the Côte d’Azur during the Roaring Twenties, one day on the Duke of Westminster’s yacht in Monte Carlo, another at her regular haunt, the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco, or at the Société des Bains de Mer resort known for its legendary parties. Gabrielle Chanel also frequented Cannes, where she opened a boutique, and joined the painters and writers who flocked to Saint-Tropez, which was but a fishing port at the time.

The Côte d’Azur dream of the 1920s is what guided the development of this new fragrance. A sun-filled Eden that was a magnet for artists. The flawless architecture of the villas in those days. The bright and happy atmosphere of party nights….

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But a little to the East, on the heights of Roquebrune, is where she chose to point her compass and have her villa La Pausa built. Mademoiselle oversaw every last architectural detail, and had olive groves and fields of lavender planted. She made it her permanent vacation home, where she entertained a number of celebrities such as The Begum Andrée Aga Khan, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dalí. There in her beloved southern France, Gabrielle Chanel wove a tapestry of moments suspended in time and joyful memories.

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The fantasy-filled world of the Riviera inspired perfumer-creator Olivier Polge to compose a luminous and elegant fragrance.

Woven with Sicilian and Calabrian citrus, Chanel Paris-Riviera invite you to travel, to escape without reason and sail away. With Les Eaux de Chanel, there is no need to go anywhere to savor the scent of faraway places on the skin.

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The perfumer noticed a remarkable lightheartedness in the pictures of Gabrielle Chanel surrounded by friends, her face upturned to the sun, and incarnated it with a fragrance of Mediterranean flowers bathed in fresh citrus. He teamed jasmine with a unique quality of neroli from the orange blossoms found in the South of France.

Top notes: Petitgrain, Orange zest
Hart: Jasmin, Neroli
Basis: Benzoin, Musk

Chanel Paris-Riviera is a pleasant fragrant citrusy scent with hints of flowers and green notes very soft and truly romantic. As many Chanel perfumes, this one is not an exception of being remarkably sensual, warm spicy, not too pungent, yet long-lasting and luring. 

For years, we have worked with a cooperative in Vallauris that distills orange blossoms grown in the region’s private gardens. The owners of bitter orange groves bring the petals picked from their trees to this cooperative to be processed on location. The local climate yields an extremely pure essence.

Olivier Polge

Chanel Paris-Riviera is instantly recognizable on the skin: a refreshing veil of orange peel and petit grain. Then emerges the pairing of jasmine and neroli with enveloping fullness. Over time, an irresistible softness fuses with the floral impression : it is the work of benzoin balm and sandalwood. The airy signature scent of the Les Eaux de Chanel collection creates a snapshot of summer with a single spray. A promise of azure blue and sun on the skin. A one-way trip to a legendary Mediterranean coast.

Chanel Paris-Riviera-07.jpgThe flacon of Paris – Riviera remains the same as the previous editions of the collection. Simplicity and elegance are reflected in the clear lines of the glass and the  cap engraved with the iconic double C and wrapped in a corrugated cardboard case that evokes the rippling of the sea water as it recedes from the beach and leaves its marks in the sand. Its special pump encourages generous perfuming with an enveloping mist that has the effect of a soft and delicate cloud.

Available in limited edition from June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020 at Chanel Boutiques and on Chanel.com. Chanel Paris – Riviera is available as 125ml Eau de Toilette. Come into the wonderful world of Chanel.

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel’s Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Cote d’Azur

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Far from worrying about the onset of war, in the spring of 1938 the burning question on the French Riviera was whether one should curtsey to the Duchess of Windsor. Few of those who had settled there thought much about what was going on in the rest of Europe. It was a golden, glamorous life, far removed from politics or conflict.

Bestselling social historian Anne de Courcy reveals the glamour and grit of the Second World War on the French Riviera.

Featuring a sparkling cast of artists, writers and historical figures including Winston Churchill, Daisy Fellowes, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Eileen Gray and Edith Wharton, with the enigmatic Coco Chanel at its heart, ‘Chanel’s Riviera’ is a captivating account of a period that saw some of the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the whole of the twentieth century.

From Chanel’s first summer at her Roquebrune villa La Pausa (in the later years with her German lover) amid the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos in Antibes, Nice and Cannes to the horrors of evacuation and the displacement of thousands of families during the Second World War, ‘Chanel’s Riviera’ explores the fascinating world of the Cote d’Azur elite in the 1930s and 1940s. Enriched with much original research, it is social history that brings the experiences of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life.

Chanel’s Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Cote d Azur, 1930 1944 by Anne de Courcy is available as hardback (ISBN 1474608221), paperback (9781474608190) and as e-Book.

 

 

 

 

Chanel Parfumeur Chapter 1: I Am An Idea

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The world of Chanel fragrances is an undisputed success story, born from the very first No.5 perfume, created by Ernest Beaux for Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, that’s often imitated, but never truly duplicated. More than just a scent that lingers all day long, Chanel fragrances have an ability to connect with the mind, empowering you to be a stronger individual with every spray.

For the first time, French Maison Chanel tells the story of fragrance in an exclusive series. Discover the first chapter, I Am An Idea, featuring the voice of Vanessa Paradis.

They are also scents that enable you to express your personality, dressing you like an invisible olfactory garment that seeks to complement your daily outfit. Or, in the case of Marilyn Monroe, who famously declared that she wore a few drops of No.5 to bed, and nothing else. It’s a source of comfort, a precious connection and one that becomes one with your identity over time.

Now the French Maison is going further into the world of its signature fragrances, carrying on Gabrielle Chanel’s vision together with Olivier Polge’s masterful modern-day interpretation, with an all-new series of mini-films, Chanel Parfumeur. The series serves as a means to highlight the house’s expertise in fragrances, along with the history of how it all began. The very first chapter, ‘I Am An Idea’ – directed by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai – is narrated by Vanessa Paradis and describes the manifesto when it comes to Chanel’s fragrance creation. Enjoy!

Come into the wonderful world of Chanel.

 

 

 

 

Return of the masterpiece with the support of Chanel: Last year at Mariënbad

 

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In 1961, for the film L’Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Mariënbad), a film that launched a thousand dissertations, and one of the most visually beautiful films ever shot, Gabrielle Chanel designed Delphine Seyrig’s dresses. With the support of French Maison Chanel, a restored version of the film is now being released. In collaboration with Studiocanel, Chanel has helped return this masterpiece to its original glory.

You never seem to be waiting for me, but we kept meeting at every turn of the paths. Behind every bush, at the foot of each statue, near every pond. It is as if it had been only you and I in all that garden.

dir. Alain Resnais, L’Année dernière à Mariënbad (Last Year At Mariënbad)

To celebrate this achievement, the restored version of Last Year at Marienbad will premiere as part of the classic film section at the Venice Film Festival, where the original film was awarded a Golden Lion close to 60 years ago. The digitisation and restoration in 4k were conducted using the original negatives. The colour grading, an essential step, has faithfully restored the beauty of film’s original contrast and images.

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On release, the film’s delicate and elegant photography fascinated the public with its troubling intensity, the loss of temporal reference points, and the characters’ psychological games. The film invites the spectator to follow a train of thought through the corridors of the hotel that represent ‘the labyrinth that is the human brain’, as analysed by film critic Jean-Luc Douin.

Gabrielle Chanel always cultivated a close relationship with the art world. To Alain Resnais, François Truffaut and Luchino Visconti, her avant-gardist fashion represented a modern and forward-thinking world, and they would call upon her to dress their greatest actresses.

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Alain Resnais did not want Delphine Seyrig to wear specially created costumes, but rather a wardrobe tethered to everyday life, one that would evoke the allure of 1920s cinema stars, as well as a modern and timeless elegance and Gabrielle Chanel, who was already ruling the fashion world and still setting the trends for the 1960s, was the only one who could achieve this.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel 

Delphine Seyrig would later explain that she appreciated Chanel because, by blending elegance and comfort, the designer enabled women to feel ‘as comfortable as men’, a subject dear to the actress who would become a fervent feminist in the 1970s.

Alain Resnais would use Delphine Seyrig in his next film as well, another French Cinema classic that initially wasn’t received well, but has grown in regard as time has passed.

 

 

 

 

 

Les Eaux De Chanel

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French Maison Chanel launches Les Eaux De Chanel, a new line of three Eaux de Toilettes that will be sold exclusively at Chanel boutiques and the Chanel website starting June 2018. The collection created by perfumer Oliver Polge is named after travel routes and the ties between Gabrielle Chanel and certain cities during her career, offering ‘a sense of freshness that is as emotional as the memory of a journey’.

Inspired by three destinations beloved by Gabrielle Chanel, Les Eaux De Chanel start a new chapter in the history of Chanel fragrances. A sensation of freshness. A journey in every spray.

Chanel Paris – Deauville

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Gabrielle Chanel and her aunt Adrienne in front of the Chanel Boutique in Deauville, 1913. Chanel collection

Inspired by the landscapes along the Normandy coast, Paris – Deauville transposes this bucolic charm to the heart of a fragrance of the open air.

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Chanel Paris – Deauville is an aromatic-citrusy fragrance that possesses a ‘lively, natural, radiant freshness’, inspired by the Normandy coast where Gabrielle Chanel opened her first boutique in 1913. The fragrance is designed to convey rural charm with green nuances that resemble clean, fresh air.

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Top notes: Sicilian orange, Basil, eergamot, Lemon, Lime, Petit grain
Heart: Jasmine, Rose, Hedione, Green notes
Base: Patchouli

Pairing the green facets of Basil with sparkling top notes of Sicilian Mandarin, this aromatic citrus fragrance unleashes a lively, naturally radiant freshness.

 

Chanel Paris – Biarritz

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The Chanel Boutique in Biarritz, 1931 Photo Seeberger, Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Inspired by the pure air and energy of the Basque coast, Paris – Biarritz captures the spirit and freedom of this significant city.

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Chanel Paris – Biarritz is announced as an exeptionaly fresh and vivacious scent inspired by the energy of the Basque coast. In 1915, Gabrielle Chanel discovered the city of Biarritz, which delighted her with its at the same time sporty and sophisticated atmosphere and where she opened the first couture house across from the casino. The fragrance contains sparkling fruity notes of Sicilian tangerine and lily of the valley.

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Top notes: Tangerine, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Lemon, Orange
Heart: Lily of the valley, Neroli, green note
Base: White musk, Patchouli

Vibrant and delicately fruity, Sicilian Mandarin highlights the sparkling radiance of a Lily of the Valley accord in this lively fragrance that is as refreshing as a splash of sea spray.

 

Chanel Paris – Venice

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Gabrielle Chanel on Roussy Sert’s yacht in Venice Photo V.H. Grandpierre.

Inspired by the exotic and enchanting city of contrasts, Paris – Venice interprets the captivating draw of this legendary place that marks the boundary between East and West.

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Chanel Paris – Venice is a fresh oriental fragrance inspired by one of the favorite cities of Gabriele Chanel – Venice. In 1920, this city meant love at first sight to her and a fresh start after the death of Boy Capel. The Baroque and Byzantine art works of Venice became an inspiration for her style. Paris – Venise as a perfume represents the border between the East and West, the contrasts of light and dark tones, as well as freshness and sensuality.

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Top notes: Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Petit grain, Pink pepper
Heart: Neroli, Iris, Rose, Geranium, Ylang-Ylang
Base: Benzoin, Orris, Tonka, Vanilla, Violet, White musk

A composition of shadow and light, between freshness and sensuality, in which essence of Neroli illuminates the warm tones of an oriental accord with ambery accords of Vanilla and Tonka.

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The Les Eaux De Chanel fragrances come in simple packaging with a luxurious feel and lightweight glass flacons of a more rounded shape compared to Les Exclusifs.

Using lighter-than-usual glass, the bottle is made for you to travel with ease and it is housed inside a corrugated cardboard packaging that evokes the rippling of the seawater as it recedes from the beach and leaves its mark in the sand. The matte surface of the cardboard has densified the black ink used for each inscription, presenting an even more delicate texture of the Chanel jacket.

Equipped with a unique pump, the bottle diffuses micro-droplets of fragrance for a longer time than an ordinary spray. The pump offers an effect of a soft and gentle cloud, thus heightening the soothing, comforting sensations upon application.

From 1st June 2018 onwards, the Les Eaux De Chanel fragrance collection is available at Chanel Boutiques and Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutiques worldwide. Each scent will be available as a 125 ml Eau de Toilette.

Come into the beautiful world of Chanel.

 

 

 

 

Chanel No.5 Fragments D’Or

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Feeling a little dull with the shorter days of Fall? Bring a spark of radiance to your fragrance routine with new, limited-edition No.5 Fragments D’Or. Accented with delicate flecks of glitter, the silky, shimmering body gel not only scents skin with the now and forever fragrance, but Ieaves a subtle golden sheen so you can keep glowing well into the season.

Maison Chanel started presenting limited edition products for the winter Holiday season at the end of October 2017. One of this year’s exclusives includes shimmering body gel scented with fresh, powdery and sophisticated Chanel No.5.

The gel is inspired by the legendary perfume developed in 1921, when Gabrielle Chanel asked perfumer Ernest Beaux to create ‘a woman’s perfume with the scent of a woman’. After he  presented her with variations of the composition rich in aldehydes, she chose the fifth sample  and decided to name it simply No.5.

 

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Chanel No.5 Fragments D’Or (or N°5 Gold Fragments) is described as a silky, shimmering body gel infused with their iconic Chanel No.5 fragrance and accented with delicate flecks of golden glitter. It smells of  May Rose and Jasmine notes, as the key ingredients found at the heart of the No.5 aldehydic-floral bouquet.

Chanel No.5 Fragments D’Or is to be applied in touches on pulse points, across your décolétté, anywhere you want to highlight. No.5 Fragments D’Or is available in a 250 ml bottle as a limited edition.

 

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Gabrielle, The Pursuit of Passion

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New truths about Gabrielle Chanel are unveiled in a new short film Gabrielle, The Pursuit of Passion.

Gabrielle Chanel’s passion has been characterised into three simple key terms in the latest must-watch version of the fashion house’s video series. The 21st intallment, aptly titled The Pursuit of Passion focuses in on what it means to ‘seize, dare, create’, as the short showcases Chanel’s desire to: Seize beauty all the time, everywhere you go – in a Venetian church, in a bouquet of white camellias, in a Baroque angel – because it is a vital necessity. Dare to transform your intuition into a brand. Embrace radical decisions: ‘I’ve never done things by halves. I either like them or I don’t.’ Create tirelessly and persistently. Continue your journey without worrying about the past or posterity, with passion as your only compass.

Chapter 21 of Inside Chanel, unveils how Gabrielle Chanel seized her century, dared to pursue passion, and created a surname, Chanel. And invent a first name: Gabrielle. Watch the beautiful two-minute video – Inside Chanel The Pursuit of Passion – below for more insight into the real Gabrielle Chanel. More on: http://inside-chanel.com