Collagerie x Chanel

The Elixir of Life

Exceptional fragrance speaks to its wearer – empowering and bewitching in a single seductive spritz. And no scent resonates with women quite like Chanel N°5; it kindles a lifelong relationship that evolves and deepens across the decades. Now, as Chanel N°5 turns 100, we’ve asked three exceptional women to share their sensory rapport with this celebrated perfume…

In partnership with Chanel

Photographed by Sam Copeland for Collagerie

Makeup by Kay Montano

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Femininity: Past, Present and Future

For style influencer and friend of the House Ume Romaan, Chanel N°5 is a timeless emblem of femininity, capturing all the mystery and magic of womanhood. It is a shared experience; a secret language handed from generation to generation, drawing mothers, daughters, sisters and soul mates together in its exquisite embrace.

“Chanel N°5 was my mother’s fragrance and it evokes wonderful memories of my childhood. I still have her last N°5 bottle; it’s nearly 20 years old and my sisters and I treasure it dearly. My mother was incredibly strong and empowering, and to me that is what Chanel stands for.”

Ume Romaan

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Ume Romaan (pictured above) holding Chanel N°5 L'Eau

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The Essence Of Style

Gabrielle Chanel was a fashion visionary, celebrated for revolutionising the female wardrobe. Likewise, she crafted the first modern scent in Chanel N°5: timeless yet avant-garde, mysterious (its formula is Chanel’s best-kept secret) and effortlessly glamorous. Zoe Bedeaux is a creative polymath in the Chanel mold – an artist, poet, singer, designer and super-stylist, for whom Chanel N°5 is the very epitome of chic.

“What does Chanel make me think of? I think of Coco standing on the steps of her beautiful, mirrored staircase…”

Zoe Bedeaux

The Power And The Glory

The perfume of perfumes, Chanel N°5 enjoys an iconic status – one that mirrors the charismatic mood conjured by the fragrance itself. Intelligent, enigmatic, spirited, self-assured… it conveys the strength within every woman. For artist and designer Bell Hutley, it is this power that defines Chanel N°5.

“For me fragrance is a form of armour, it gives me confidence when I walk into a room. It helps set a precedent for how I want to be seen in the world, communicating a sense of self-respect and self-love.”

Bell Hutley

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