If you were to ask me what the single greatest beauty advertisement of all time is, my answer would be simple: the Chanel N°5 short film starring Nicole Kidman and Rodrigo Santoro. The beautifully shot, Baz Luhrmann short captured my heart with its sensual, seductive style and I immediately fell in love with the fragrance, Kidman and Santoro all over again.
Fast forward five years and I’m invited to a sneek peek of the latest Chanel N°5 film, starring Audrey Tautou, that premieres today, the anniversary of the original fragrance launch. I don’t know what to do. I mean I know what to do – I have to watch it. But I don’t know what I’ll do if it falls short of the Luhrmann piece that I’ve held so dearly in my heart.
Six seconds into the preview I can tell that this is never going to be the case. If anything Chanel has topped the famous campaign thanks to Tautou’s elegant, elfin beauty and those captivating eyes that convey a thousand emotions in as many milliseconds.
It’s a tale of chance. A tale of fate. Of a man and a woman’s entwined destinies on a night train. He finds her fragrance captivating and time and again their paths cross throughout the night. It’s refined, sensual, intimate. Just like the fragrance. And just like Tautou.
In fact, it’s little wonder that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet put forward his muse for the piece (Jeunet previously directed Tautou in Amélie and A Very Long Engagement), not only is the actress the embodiment of the Chanel N°5 woman, she’ll be hitting our screens in the soon-to-be-released biopic about the late Gabrielle Chanel, Coco Avant Chanel. It seems the girl can’t put a Chanel-clad foot wrong.
What’s your all-time favourite fragrance?