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Pathport x Les Eaux de Chanel, “Le Bel Eté”
To celebrate the launch of Chanel’s new fragrances “Paris-Deauville”, “Paris-Biarritz”, “Paris-Venise”, Pathport imagined an exclusive series of three travel diaries, inspired by the summer destinations of Gabrielle Chanel. Original concept, photographer casting, production, art direction and design by Pathport. Photography by Camila Gutiérrez.
Although the Channel resort town harbors a dizzying number of legendary CHANEL symbols, Olivier Polge wanted to avoid taking an olfactory inventory. “ More than the actual reality of the destination, I liked the idea urbanites make of it when they dream of a weekend away in the country,” confides Olivier Polge. PARIS-DEAUVILLE immerses us into a bitter, biting green. A decidedly wayward signature, between land and sea.
“I wasn’t striving to capture the Normandy countryside as it stands today, but rather the promise of a stroll through the tall grasses.”
Still today, as in the past, all eyes in Biarritz and along the Basque coast are riveted by the power of the ocean. Now overrun with surfers and extreme sports enthusiasts, the southwestern resort has always known how to blend a certain sporty spirit with a rare elegance. PARIS-BIARRITZ is the most aquatic fragrance in LES EAUX DE CHANEL collection.
“I wanted to create a sensation on the skin as if each ingredient were soaked in water”
The creation of Eau de CHANEL PARIS-VENISE draws inspiration as much from the long journey on the Orient Express from the French capital to the Italian city, as from the destination itself”, explains perfumer Olivier Polge. “I wanted people to smell that gateway to the Orient, which, at CHANEL, is also an evocation of the baroque. It is probably the most urban Eau of the three.” Venice has never been so accessible. Never so subtle.
In 1920, Mademoiselle was incosolable. To erase the memory of Boy Capel who died tragically in a car accident in December 1919, Misia and the painter José Maria Sert invited her to Venice. For Gabrielle Chanel, Venise was a restorative, inspirational whirlwind that reignated her creative spark.
These three travel guides are offered to you by Les Eaux de Chanel