Yesterday I posted about a new fragrance Chanel is releasing called Coco Noir, a flanker to Coco. I just received official word from Chanel and I’m excited to share this news with you!
For Coco Noir, Jacques Polge wanted to distinguish it from the florals and instead was inspired by what he calls “CHANEL Coromandel culture, what you see and feel in her apartment. The night vision of the ‘Orient that starts and ends in Venice’ imposed itself upon me and that is where I wanted to go.”
Chanel has created in Coco Noir what it calls a “nocturnal Baroque” – a celebration of Gabrielle Chanel’s use of black and Venice’s influence on her designs and her life. Chanel spent much time in Venice, most notably on her best friend’s honeymoon, where she went along to try to ease the sadness of mourning Boy Capel’s death. You may also remember that the Chanel Cruise 2009/10 collection was presented on Lido Beach in Venice.
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel at the Lido in Venice
Chanel so eloquently describes Coco Noir: “Coco Noir is the magnificent evocation of that woman in that city and all those women today who choose intensity over the bland norm; the detours of seduction over perfunctory exhibitionism, and true luxury over vulgarity.”
Chanel, Sert and Berthelot at the Lido, 1925
The notes of the fragrance are woody and musky at its base and are contrasted with bright, light notes up top. These complex contrasts create Coco Noir, “a distinctively CHANEL olfactory signature of desire and modesty, mystery and brilliance, in which baroque audacity and classic demeanour mingle and blend.”
Essence and Absolute of Rose
Absolute of Jasmine
Rose Geranium Leaf
Brazilian and Venezuelan Tonka Bean
New Caledonian Sandalwood
White Musk Frankincense
Gabrielle Chanel in Venice, 1936
COCO NOIR Eau de Parfum Spray will retail as follows: 1.7 oz. $98.00, 3.4 oz. $130.00. Chanel Coco Noir will be available at select department and specialty stores and on CHANEL.com August 17, 2012 and wider release in September 2012.
Images & Info courtesy of Chanel