I’m a relatively new mother and like all new mother’s I’m sleep deprived. That means that my old lifestyle of staying up late and going out or catching an episode of SNL is long-gone. So I will admit that I’m a few months late on this but it’s funny nonetheless. SNL did a parody of Chanel fragrance commercials with a perfume called “Red Flag”. It’s pretty funny – Chanel ads are lovely but you have to keep things in perspective and have a sense of humor about them, no?
November 21, 2011
March 21, 2011
I put up several posts on the Chanel Coco Mademoiselle ad campaign – feeding you little bits of info as I received it. Well, today, I received everything – the entire media package and I’m laying it all out here for you to enjoy.
On March 21, 2011, CHANEL will debut the highly anticipated short film titled, “Coco
Mademoiselle,” starring Oscar®-nominated actress Keira Knightley.
Three years after the first commercial film, Knightley reprises her role as COCO MADEMOISELLE, a modern
day Coco Chanel whose mystery, daring and rebelliousness are at the heart of her charm.
While the first film featured long evening gowns, the second takes on a more urban feel, with Knightley
appearing on the streets of Paris in a chic, beige motorcycle jumpsuit designed for her by Karl Lagerfeld.
Filmed in legendary locations across the City of Light – from Place Vendome to Place de la Concorde, the film
is a collaboration between Knightley and Joe Wright, a creative relationship that began with Wright’s
directorial debut, the Oscar®-nominated film Pride & Prejudice, and continued with the Oscar®-nominated
“For me, Gabrielle Chanel is an icon and there was an incredible power emanating from all the photos of her,”
states Knightley. “When I began to delve into her history more closely, I was obviously fascinated by her
immense talent as a designer, but more than that, by her singular background.”
The commercial film’s soundtrack, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” by James Brown is performed by the
soulful voice of Grammy® award winner, Joss Stone and was published by Warner Chappell.
Coco Mademoiselle is a fresh oriental scent created by CHANEL master perfumer Jacques Polge in 2001.
The fragrance represents the ever-evolving spirit of Coco Chanel in this feminine, sexy, young and exciting
A national cable television flight of 30 and 60 second spots will debut March 22, 2011. A print advertisement
shot by Mario Testino will debut in April 2011.
In April 2006, Knightley joined the legendary league of women who have represented CHANEL in global
advertising campaigns. Her elegance, beauty and modernity are some of her qualities that parallel the iconic
faces featured in the CHANEL fragrance campaigns, including Nicole Kidman, Ali McGraw, Catherine
Deneuve and Audrey Tautou for N°5, Vanessa Paradis for Coco and Anna Mouglalis for Allure Sensuelle.
March 19, 2011
March 8, 2011
December 24, 2010
December 19, 2010
Chanel is perhaps most well known the world over for fragrances – especially Chanel No. 5. Still a best seller, Chanel No.5 makes a beautiful gift. I especially love visiting department stores and Chanel.com because they have lovely fragrance gift sets that come with a fragrance (perfume or eau de toilette usually) along with body cream or gel. In addition to Chanel No. 5, there’s a host of scents that are sexy and feminine including Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, Allure, Chance and No. 19. I especially love Les Exclusifs de Chanel (only available online or in Chanel boutiques) or the Chanel No. 5 new purse sprays (available online) – a cute stocking stuffer! All of the items pictured above can be purchased on Chanel.com.
November 5, 2010
Each holiday season Chanel unveils its annual fragrance wardrobe – a limited edition set of 5 mini bottles of its most popular fragrances. Every Christmas I would walk by the Chanel fragrance counter and eye the set and wish for it. Last Christmas, my wish was granted when my little sister got my the 2009 fragrance wardrobe as a gift!
This year, the Chanel 2010 Fragrance Wardrobe is delicious as ever featuring five demi Parfums, 0.12 oz. each of N°5, Coco Mademoiselle, Coco, N°19 and Allure in a deluxe gift box. This makes a wonderful gift for any Chanelphile and is a great way to get a taste of iconic Chanel fragrances without investing in large bottles. The 2010 Fragrance Wardrobe can be purchased on Chanel.com.
September 7, 2010
Jacques Polge, the infamous “nose” behind over thirty Chanel fragrances, sat down to talk with the folks at Hint Magazine on the eve of the 20th Anniversary of Egoïste. The fragrance was revolutionary at the time of its release in 1990 because of its “gender-bending” scent and was accompanied by a dramatic and elegant film ad.
Read the interview re-printed from Hint Magazine below:
Q&A with Legendary Chanel Perfumer Jacques Polge
by Stéphane Gaboué
There has been, perhaps, no better launch of a men’s cologne than Chanel’s landmark Egoïste in 1990. Not only were its gender-bending scent and provocative name immediately, and forever, etched in our collective memory (particularly in France), but who could forget Jean Paul Goude’s gorgeously camp TV commercial, with its over-the-top Prokoviev soundtrack and hysterical women shouting from balconies? Citing the 17th-century French playwright Pierre Corneille, this is what they so plaintively, melodramatically cried out (translated): “Egoïste, where are you? Stop hiding, selfish man! Watch my ire! I will be implacable! O anger! O despair! You betrayed my love. Have I lived simply to know this infamy? Show yourself! Egoïste!”
As the fragrance marks its 20th anniversary this year, we wanted to know more about its genesis and its genius creator, Jacques Polge, Chanel’s legendary in-house perfumer—or “nose”—for 32 years…
A Chanel executive once told me that of all the fragrances you’ve created at Chanel, Egoïste is your favorite. Is that true?
Yes, it’s true, it’s my favorite. It was so new and singular—and still is.
How did the adventure start?
What happened was, I found an old formula by Ernest Beaux [creator of N°5] of a women’s fragrance called Bois des Iles, which is exclusively sold in Chanel stores. There was a high content of sandalwood in it. We were used to such scents as fougères in men’s fragrances, but sandalwood had never been used as the main note in a male perfume. Egoïste is built around that. There is also some ambrette seed in it.
What about the name? Egoïste, which means selfish in English, is perhaps not the easiest way to market a fragrance.
In our industry, we always use code names while working on fragrances. For example, I have a bottle here named Carla. It has nothing to do with Mrs. Sarkozy. It is a new variety of lavender. So at the time, in the eighties, I was working on a men’s fragrance that we called Black Wood. Chanel’s then-CEO had said that if we were to launch a men’s fragrance, we should also launch a menswear line. Ultimately, they dropped the menswear idea, so he decided to cancel the fragrance. But some of us really liked it, so we said, “We’re still going to launch it. Only, it will be exclusively available in our flagship stores.” We called it Bois Noir.
It still wasn’t called Egoïste?
No. But when you put fragrances in stores, there is always a fan base. And people loved Bois Noir. There really was a buzz around this perfume. So we decided to launch it for a wider audience. The marketing people said Bois Noir wasn’t a good name, so they chose Egoïste instead. There was this beautiful photography magazine called Egoïste, which was done by Nicole Wisniak. We called her and bought the rights to use the name for the fragrance.
Then there was the fabulous commercial…
Yes. Jean Paul Goude made this very strong commercial, which played a major role in the fragrance’s fame. Yet, despite all the exposure, the fragrance didn’t sell that well, especially in America. We had expected more success with it. So we launched Egoïste Platinum in 1994, which was a more classic scent, and it was a much bigger hit. But I am still very glad we did Egoïste. I think it’s important for a brand to have a fragrance that shakes things up. You know, the men’s market is very particular. I know we went far with Egoïste, but I like it. It was good for Chanel. Brands today maybe don’t have the courage that they used to.
July 7, 2010
Each year Allure Magazine hosts a Reader’s Choice Award and this year, Chanel N˚5 won Best Classic Fragrance. This should come as no surprise as Chanel N˚5 has been making waves since it debuted on May 5, 1921. Perhaps the most famous fragrance in the world, a bottle of Chanel N˚5 is sold every 55 seconds. (Stephen Brook, Guardian.co.uk). No other perfume has gained the iconic status of Chanel N˚5 and it’s easy to see why it would win the Best Classic Fragrance award.