Gabrielle The Quest for Freedom

 

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After the last video released at Baselworld ’17 debuted, French Maison Chanel has unveiled a new video for the Inside Chanel series. Titled Gabrielle, The Quest for Freedom, the latest instalment once again highlights key traits of the maison’s founder, Gabrielle Coco Chanel, this time focusing on her strong work ethic.

The 2-minute monochromatic clip reiterates Coco Chanel’s mantra of ‘nothing replaces work; not titles, not nerve, not luck’ and also goes on to share inspirational messages of individualism and freedom.

 

 

 

 

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Chanel Gabrielle

Maison Chanel announces their new handbag model (since Boy in 2011) and the new fragrance, both called Gabrielle, named after the first name of the famous founder Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Gabrielle is the first ‘pillar’ fragrance of the house in the last 15 years.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is announced as an ‘abstract floral’ composition, whose creation is signed by perfumer Oliver Polge. Other details of the fragrance notes have not been revealed yet.

It promises to exalt the rebellious, mold-breaking spirit of her early years before she became Coco. Watch the beautiful one-and a half-minute video – Inside Chanel, Gabrielle, A Rebel At Heart – below for more insight into the real Gabrielle Chanel.

More about the new Chanel Gabrielle fragrance soon here on Yakymour….

 

 

Chanel Huile de Jasmin

 

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This Spring Maison Chanel launches Huile de Jasmin, based on the original formula created by Gabrielle Coco Chanel back in 1927. Huile de Jasmin is a revitalizing facial oil with jasmine extract, formulated to make the skin look luminescent. It represents a reinterpretation of the precious emblematic treatment from the history of the house and from Coco’s own beauty counter.

The oil nourishes and repairs the skin, made of many, mostly natural oils and ingredients. The formula transmits its revitalizing properties to the skin, providing comfort and elasticity. Jasmine oil from Chanel’s own fields in Grasse is the main ingredient, paired up with camellia, limnathes alba and jojoba oil. The jasmine that is used is collected by hand on the day of its emergence to preserve all its properties.

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The facial oil provides a moisturizing and strengthening effect, protecting the skin’s barrier and provides it with comfort and suppleness. In addition, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Maison Chanel did a clinical evaluation on 33 women to test the product. The results are:

  • The skin looks immediately brighter: + 22% . Day after day, it increases its luminosity: +31% after one month.
  • Wrinkles and expression lines are less visible. The skin is visibly smoother: + 34%.
  • The skin is hydrated and protected. The complexion shines naturally, sublimated by a subtly satin finish.

You can use Huile de Jasmin daily or as a cure treatment, according to the needs of your skin. It can be used directly on the clean skin, under a serum or a cream, for women who feel their skin is tired and lacks vitality, or combined with a cream, for women looking for additional comfort in a single application, or even with a foundation, for a touch of luminosity.

 

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The ultimate chic packaging screams luxury, reminiscent of the original one from the 1920s. Chanel Huile de Jasmin is only available for a limited time, as limited edition, sadly. So, don’t wait to long. It will only available at Chanel boutiques and on Chanel.com from March 2017. A 50 ml flacon will be around $120. Come into the world of Chanel.com

 

 

 

Les Exclusifs de Chanel box set revisits iconic scents

Chanel has created a new set of mini perfumes from the collection ‘Les Exclusifs de Chanel’, which draws its inspiration from the French brand’s history. A limited edition which will go on sale on February 17, 2017, exclusively at select Chanel Beauté sales points.

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While you’re bound to be familiar with No 5, No 19, Coco Mademoiselle and perhaps a few more Chanel perfumes, Les Exclusifs are the real gems. Created from 1922 onwards, these are the most rare and luxurious scents in Chanel’s armoury, ranging from florals to leathers and orientals. Each one is inspired by a key element, person or place in Coco Chanel’s life, from her Parisian apartment, 31 Rue Cambon, to her dearest friend, Misia

Exquisite precious materials, elegant bottles, timeless fragrances: ‘Les Exclusifs de Chanel’ was created between 1922 and 2016 by renowned perfumers with close links to the French fashion and beauty house. Ernest Beaux, Jacques Polge, and Olivier Polge have come up with their own interpretation of a place, texture, meeting or symbol loved by Gabrielle Chanel. Together they form a unique collection, taking us on a perfumed journey through Chanel’s history.

The collection consists of 15 4ml perfume bottles: 14 Eau de Parfum and one Eau de Cologne. An opportunity to (re)discover and appreciate a selection of rare fragrances which include hesperidium, woody, floral and oriental scents.

Fans of unusual perfumes and collectors will be pleased to discover that this set contains ‘Bel Respiro’, a floral evocation of spring, ‘Sycomore’, a woody scent based around vetiver, ‘Coromandel’ with its incense, benzoin, and patchouli notes, the oriental scent ‘Cuir de Russie’, the aromatic-floral-powdery ‘Jersey’, and the woody and fruity ‘N°18′.

The set also includes ’31 rue Cambon’, ’28 La Pausa’, ‘N°22’, ‘1932’, ‘Gardénia’, Beige’, Bois des Iles’, ‘Eau de Cologne’, and ‘Misia’, a fragrance created by Olivier Polge.

This ‘Les Exclusifs de Chanel’ set of 15 mini perfumes will go on sale on February 17 for €280, exclusively at Chanel Beauté stores and the brand’s e-shop.

Oh, Boy: Chanel launches new fragrance

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Fashion designer, Coco Chanel is well known around the world for her fabulous fashion line worn by all the A-list celebrities. What many people don’t realise is, Coco (who’s real name is Gabrielle) was raised in an orphanage which is where she was taught her sewing skills.

After having a brief career as a singer she became friends with, Étienne Balsan and stayed with him just outside of Paris where she lived as a ‘kept woman’ in his mansion, and this is where she began to mingle with Balsans wealthy companions and this is when she met a man who would change her life forever, Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel.

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Arthur Edward Capel loved to read

Captain Arthur Edward ‘Boy’ Capel (1881 – 22 December 1919) was an English poloplayer, possibly best remembered for being a lover and muse of fashion designer Coco Chanel.

Born in Brighton, Sussex, Arthur Capel was a ship-owner, politician, tycoon and polo player . He was the son of Arthur Joseph Capel, a British shipping merchant, and his French-born wife, the former Berthe Andrée A. E. Lorin (1856-1902), and he had three sisters. But today he is better known for his 9 year love affair with Coco Chanel.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel (middle) in front of the Chanel Boutique in Deauville in 1913

His affair with Chanel apparently began in 1909, when he became acquainted with the then 26 year old mistress of his friend Étienne Balsan. In that time he was already an apparently wealthy self-made man and he supplied Chanel with financial backing, and financed Chanel’s first shops. His own clothing style, notably his blazers, inspired her to put a squared masculine touch on her classic clothing styles, and creation the Chanel look. If it wasn’t for Arthur’s money or style then Chanel would never had had the funds or fashion muse to make what is one of the most well-known designer brands in the world.

The couple spent much time together at fashionable resorts such as Deauville, but.. he was never faithful to Chanel. Their relationship lasted nine years, and even after Capel married in 1918, he continued his affair with Chanel until his death in late 1919.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Étienne Balsan and Arthur Edward ‘Boy‘ Capel

Arthur tragically died in a car crash on Monday 22 December 1919, allegedly en route to a Christmas rendez-vous with Chanel. A roadside memorial was placed at the site of the accident, consisting of a cross bearing the inscription:

A la mémoire du capitaine Arthur Capel, Légion d’Honneur de l’Armée Britannique, mort accidentellement en cet endroit le 22 décembre 1919

He was buried with full military honours at Fréjus Cathedral, in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France, on 24 December 1919. After his death Coco began wearing black during her grieving process and she told a friend that the world would mourn with her which is where the ‘little black dress’ evolved from, and why black is no longer tied in hand with association with death but more with elegance and class. Chanel claimed Arthur Edward ‘Boy‘ Capel was the love of her life.

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An exceptional Fresh Aromatic fragrance infused with the timeless elegance

We were so busy waiting for Chanel’s reinterpretation of their No. 5 fragrance titled L’Eau (slated for a fall release) that we didn’t see this one coming at all! The new scent from Chanel is a unisex fragrance created by the house’s master perfumer Olivier Polge. It also becomes the latest (17th) addition to the Les Exclusifs collection and just like Misia (also an Olivier Polge creation), it was inspired by one of Chanel’s closest friends: Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel.  Gabrielle Chanel considered him as more than her soul mate; he was her double and her alter ego. Inspired by their love, Boy Chanel is a vibrant, perfectly balanced scent that challenges tradition and transcends gender.

My way of working on this fragrance was really not to try to make a unisex fragrance but really more to dive into men’s fragrance…and to show how well it could be worn by a woman. So it was not to try to create an in-between fragrance, but a very masculine fragrance. And — like many other things in life — gender is given by the person wearing it.

Olivier Polge

Boy is a masculine fougère with main accords of lavender and rose geranium sourced from the south of France. The composition also includes lemon and grapefruit, a note of rose, orange blossom, sandalwood and heliotropin, plus a hint of vanilla and musk accords. Like the others in the Les Exclusifs collection, it is contained in a simple rectangular bottle, and will become available worldwide this month in in two sizes, 75 and 200 ml Eau de Toilette.

You need this — and so does your boyfriend!

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Inside Chanel, The Paradoxes of Chanel

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Maison Chanel has released new video from its Inside Chanel series titled The Paradoxes of Chanel. This time round, the maison invites viewers to explore the concept of duality within the brand that was embraced by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, helping her shape the brand into the icon it is today.

The video shows that it’s not about black or white, vulnerable or invincible, elegant or nonchalant, but rather a reconciliation of the juxtapositions to create something even better. As the narrator aptly describes, ‘The paradox is borrowing garments and fabrics from the male wardrobe that make women look even more feminine’.

 

 

 

Inside Chanel, A look at the iconic Camellia

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If there’s one piece of perfection that has transcended the House of Chanel, it’s the camellia. Now, in a new short film, the history of the flower unfolds…

Chanel have just released Chapter 16 in their video series, aptly titled The Camellia, which tells the story of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s ‘favourite flower’. Each episode is a glimpse inside the designer’s mind, and with that a look at how Maison Chanel has come to be. Today, the story continues with the camellia. Discover the must-see short film about the flower now… 

 

 

 

Chanel Les Exclusifs

 

 

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Identical bottles. Individual influences. Chanel Les Exclusifs is a collection of 14 fragrances first created by Ernest Beaux, Mademoiselle Chanel’s exclusive perfume creator to present day by Jacques Polge.

Each fragrance reinventing a moment in the life of Gabrielle Chanel’s life. A home, her atelier, her country side walks. 14 unisex fragrances. Which scent inspires you?

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  • Cuir de Russie. An imperial fragrance inspired by old Russia
  • Coromandel inspired by the exquisite Chinese lacquer screens in Gabrielle Chanel’s rooms
  • Jersey, a scent of freedom named after the fabric Gabrielle boldly used in her designs
  • Bel Respiro, fresh open air of the French countryside.
  • Beige, a colour beloved by Chanel for the simplicity it evokes
  • 28 la Pausa, the woody country smell of Chanel’s country home
  • 31 Rue Cambon, the couture fragrance named for the location of her atelier.
  • 1932, the brilliance of a constellation of diamonds
  • Sycomore, woody and noble
  • Gardenia, the closest flower to Chanel’s beloved Camellia flower
  • Eau de Cologne, simple and refreshing • No 22, created in 1922, graceful powdery florals
  • Bois des Iles, an invitation to travel
  • No 18, inspired by the Chanel boutique at 18, place Vendome, rich and full of surprises.
  • Misia, an ode. Misia Sert and Coco Chanel shared a unique friendship. A rare complicity also because it was marked by curiosity.

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Soon we will review each of these beautiful scents, starting next month….

by Jean Amr

 

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition second Teaser

Plans to go to London? No true Chanel fan should miss this. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel will come to life across three floors of London’s prime exhibition spot, the Saatchi Gallery, off King’s Road. Recently we showed you the first teaser, above you can see the second…

The exhibition will open in London at the Saatchi Gallery on October 13th. free of charge.

 

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No true Chanel fan should miss this. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel will come to life across three floors of London’s prime exhibition spot, the Saatchi Gallery, off King’s Road.

A colourful display of her journey through the placid and turbulent waves of fashion across the years will be showcased from October 13 to November 1, 2015 – free of charge. The exhibition will be named Mademoiselle Privé, name of the fashion legend’s workshop in Paris.

 

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This is not the first time she is honoured at the Saatchi Gallery, but it is the first time that her work, a re-edition of the high jewellery Bijoux de Diamants collection, Chanel No.5, and exclusive pieces designed exclusively by Karl Lagerfeld for the exhibition. The Bijoux de Diamants collection was designed by Coco in 1932, her first high jewellery collection designed by herself, inspired by the grey shades of fate during the Great Depression.

She wanted to ‘cover women with constellations’. Eighty years later, the French fashion house reinvented this collection, featuring 80 exquisite pieces. Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and the current creative director of Saatchi Gallery, will be presenting Chanel through his eyes……

 

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