Imagine you stand in a lush green field, dipped in french sunshine with an ocean of white, star-shaped flowers around you. You look down and find your feet covered in Chanel rainboots while a friendly farmer gives you exclusive insights into the Tuberose harvest, taking place from August to November. You hear the words Gabrielle and Fragrance and you realise that you’re right „Dans les champs de Chanel“ in Grasse: On Chanel’s precious flower fields…
It all started with a bumpy touchdown in Nice, followed by a 20min drive along the Cote d’Azur to the famous Belles Rives Hotel. A majestic seafront hotel, by the way the former home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, that looks straight out of a french movie. Art Deco elements reflecting glamour and elegance of the „Great Gatsby“ Era. A salty breeze blows from the ocean directly into room 63, while an overexcited female can’t stop staring at her generous gifts – carefully draped on her bed. Spoilt rotten by Chanel.
After a wonderful afternoon in Cannes, including a shopping feast at the super chic Chanel boutique on the Croisette (rumor has it there was a CC Surfboard sold that day…), followed by an exclusive dinner at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (bummer I didn’t see George Clooney that night), it was finally time to visit Grasse. If you aren’t familiar with this picturesque place: it’s kind of the perfume capital of the world, where all the flowers for the most precious fragrances are grown. Including the latest composition of Chanel’s in House Perfume Creator Olivier Polge: The Gabrielle Chanel. A scent I already got to discover back in July – a scent that really won a place in my heart & nose.
Olivier Polge chose the Tuberose to be one of the main ingredients of the fragrance, alongside with Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. It’s carefully harvested by hand and guarded by the Mul Family, the owners of the precious fields. There is a lovefilled scent of dedication in the air – on the fields, in the lab and in the Bastide (the country house near the fields). A passion you can smell in every dash of the new perfume, perfectly reflecting the energy of Gabrielle Chanel.
It was an unforgettable experience that brought me even closer to the world of Chanel and the brand’s breathtaking love for detail. And just like the salty sea breeze back in Room 63, the scent of Gabrielle will always trigger excitement and curiosity – in the most precious way.
|MARQUES ALMEIDA Coat via Net A Porter // MANGO Blouse // Edited Skirt // MANGO Overknees // CHANEL Gabriele Backpack|