A unique collection of fragrances, composed in the past by Ernest Beaux, perfumer to Mademoiselle Chanel; composed in the present by Jacques Polge, House of Chanel master perfumer. Each work draws its inspiration from the life of Gabrielle Chanel: poetic testimonies to legendary places, materials she loved, and the symbols that always followed. An essay in the perfumer’s art; a timeless statement of style.
Launched a year after N°5, N°22 is imbued with the same revolutionary spirit. Its name: a simple number, 22, like 1922, the year of its creation, or like the 22nd fragrance sample that Ernest Beaux offered Mademoiselle Chanel. A scent with a strong personality that is endlessly sensual and seductive. Based around the sweet, spirited and ultra-feminine Tuberose.
The Camellia, Mademoiselle’s emblem, has no scent. But the Gardenia, which it so closely resembles, exudes a sweet scent that is impossible to extract. Ernest Beaux and Gabrielle Chanel persevered however, and succeeded in creating a stunning evocation of this marvelous flower. An outstanding floral fragrance: sweet, voluptuous, intense and absolutely feminine.
1926: The exhibition of decorative arts in Paris closes its doors. It’s the era of ‘Art Deco’ and the modern style: Jazz stirs passions and precious woods dominate dreams . . . Coco Chanel launches the first woody fragrance for women in the history of perfume. An intoxicating, enveloping, warm, sensual and precious spiraling scent.
After meeting the Grand Duke Dimitri, cousin of Tsar Nicholas II, the Russian influence pervaded Mademoiselle’s creations. The name “CUIR DE RUSSIE” comes from the aroma left by the birch tar used by Russian soldiers to tan their boots: an enveloping, warm and sensual fragrance, which releases mysterious wafts of tobacco, hay and smoked wood.
Created in 1725, the Eau de Cologne is a fundamental product in perfumery. Mademoiselle, who brought sport and toned bodies into fashion, offered the popular scent in 1929. Now Jacques Polge offers his own interpretation using ingredients of the highest quality. A cheerful and dynamic Eau de Cologne. A subtle blend of the lively freshness of citrus fruits and airy notes of Neroli.
31, Rue Cambon: A legendary place, the epicenter of the world of Coco Chanel. Now, as in the past, the building is organized around four floors: the boutique, the haute couture salon, the apartment, the design studio and the workshops. The quintessence of the style of Chanel. A perfectly controlled, elegant, spirited and warm accord.
18, Place Vendôme is the prestigious address of the Chanel jewelry boutique, just opposite the Ritz Hotel, where Mademoiselle lived for many years. The most beautiful jewels are presented here, including the re-edition of the ‘Comète’ necklace from Gabrielle’s diamond collection. A unique, intense and vibrant scent that surprises with its fruity, sweet-smooth notes.
Coromandel screens are inseparable from the world of Mademoiselle. This art from the heart of China enabled her to recreate her home wherever she went and perfectly illustrated her approach to work: infinite patience and a spirit of perfection. An Oriental fragrance full of contrasts: intense, spicy, amber top notes that develop richly and softly.
Bel Respiro is the name of the house bought by Mademoiselle in 1920 as a place to replenish her energy, in Garches — the chic countryside retreat for Parisians. With beige roughcast and black shutters, this pastoral paradise nicknamed ‘Noix de Coco’ welcomed friendship and artistic creation. A tender and romantic scent. BEL RESPIRO is a delicate evocation of the perfect Spring, with its green grass, crushed leaves and light breeze.
La Pausa: the vacation villa built for Mademoiselle on land bought in 1928, in the south of France. With a view of the faraway Italian coast, the villa was simple and elegant, a haven of peace and the perfect place to relax and receive guests. A creation full of contrasts, like the Iris: radiant and delicate, simple and luxurious, earthy and powdery.
SYCOMORE: a fragrance launched by Gabrielle Chanel in 1930. Jacques Polge drew inspiration from this name to create a woody, highly evocative fragrance: the strength of wood, the roughness of bark, the flat cracking of the Summer undergrowth . . . composed around vetiver, SYCOMORE leaves behind a simple, smoky, reassuring, slightly spicy fragrant touch.
“I take refuge in beige because it’s natural,” said Mademoiselle Chanel. Sandy beige, honey beige, clay beige, whitish beige . . . Gabrielle Chanel loved all shades of this colour, which evokes natural elegance and grace. A stunning blend of white petals and yellow gold. An outburst of tender, powdery flowers with hints of honey.
Jersey had only been used for men’s undergarments until, in the 1920s, Mademoiselle Chanel made it the instrument of a new femininity. “By creating jersey clothing, I was liberating the body and moving away from the fitted waist.” Like Mademoiselle, Jacques Polge also revealed the chic and feminine treasures of a material considered to be masculine and simple: Lavender. Through JERSEY, it loses its masculine connotations and reveals its soft, floral, refined character, heightened by a touch of Vanilla and enveloped in a cloud of white musk.
In 1932, Mademoiselle Chanel showered Paris with diamond stars in her first High Jewelry collection. Jacques Polge chose to evoke this collection with a precious white and feminine flower: Jasmine. Created petal by petal to make every facet shine, it gradually spirals into place, reveals itself on the skin and finally expresses a voluptuous and sophisticated side.