Gabrielle Chanel is perhaps the most personal of the Chanel fragrances because it bears its creator’s name. How does that make you feel? I think Gabrielle Chanel, the woman, means so many things to so many people. The House has explored different facets of her life and personality through fragrance but to me Gabrielle Chanel Essence feels like her truest self. The fragrance feels like it cuts to exactly who she was as a woman. If feels direct but a sense of effortless elegance. The scent feels vibrant, opulent, like it captures both the woman and the House in its entirety. It’s very specific, inviting and warm. You instantly understand who Chanel is.
What makes Gabrielle Chanel Essence the right fragrance for you? I think you know immediately when a fragrance is ‘you’. There are so many fragrances I distinctly associate with other people, but they’re not necessarily for me. Gabrielle Chanel Essence feels incredibly feminine and powerful. It feels warm. It has a creaminess, radiance and an effortless quality that I associate with Chanel. I especially love tuberose, which was already present in Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum, but for Gabrielle Chanel Essence it’s been showcased even more. To me, this is a fragrance with force of character. It feels distinct. It feels vibrant.
Gabrielle Chanel once said: “I decided who I wanted to be and that is who I am.” Do you feel like you have something in common with her? I love that quote, and I really believe that you determine your own destiny. That said, I don’t know how I would describe myself. Ever since I was little my mom has always described me as determined and independent. I feel like I share with Gabrielle Chanel ideas about breaking the norm, creating and seeing beauty in chaos. It’s completely liberating: the world becomes your oyster. When I was on-set with Nick Knight, I sensed that maybe this is how Gabrielle Chanel might have felt in her day: that you can be liberated by creativity, that you can appreciate the beauty of chaos and make what you want of your world. Someone is always going to break the rules; it might as well be you.