5. Rebel with a cause.

My new article for My French Life examines our (mis-)perceptions around icon Chanel No 5.

You’ll find the article here. As always – would love to hear your thoughts!

And if you want to know more about Gabrielle Chanel, you’ll find a human encyclopediae here.

4 thoughts on “5. Rebel with a cause.

  1. August 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I read your article and completely agree. No5 is too often misinterpreted, I’m guessing because of its classic status from having been around so long; and people equate classic with conservative and safe. Additionally, once something cutting-edge has been around for a while and trickled down to the masses, it loses its edge and risks becoming mainstream.

    I have loved No5 for quite some time and have always been fascinated by it (although from a distance) but didn’t want to wear something so recognizable. And I don’t fit that stereotype of a conservative-pearls-little-black-dress-Chanel-No5-wearer. So I didn’t feel the fragrance would be a good fit for me. Eventually I “got” it, realizing No5 really is my type of fragrance, other people’s misconceptions be damned. I finally chose to view the fragrance as it was originally intended (and interpreted): ground-breaking, avant garde, unconventional, rebellious, modern – not to mention how utterly sublime it smells!

  2. August 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Stephanie, thank you for posting this comment and sharing your reflections and story!! I love reading this. (and completely agree). You and the 5 must be a super-cool combo! /Sylvia

  3. August 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    My pleasure, Sylvia! Another reason I love no. 5, and yet did not wear it recently, is my lovely mother always wore it; she still does on occasion. I mean, how could I “steal” her scent? No. 5 eventually won me over, too. When I spray it, I’m often reminded of her, and that brings happiness.

  4. August 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

    That’s beautiful, Stephanie. My mother wears Voyage. It makes me always remember her free personality and courage. (And yes, I gave it to her for that reason.)

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