Bottling the Misia Sert Spirit
When asked what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe once famously purred: “five drops of Chanel No. 5.” How utterly sexy is that? In 1920 Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel asked her perfumer to create something that ‘smells like a woman’ et voilá: Chanel No. 5 was born.
Now, almost 100 years later, Chanel launched a spectacular new scent. The inspiration? The woman who claims SHE was the one who told her best friend Coco to start making perfume: Misia Sert.
To be honest, I was amazed and delighted when it was announced, since I had just finished designing an entire collection inspired by this magnificent Parisian Queen of the Belle Epoque! Great minds think alike, right? (wink, wink) In any case, Misia is definitely in the air…
So what does ‘Misia’ smell like? Well, this is no dainty flower-like scent! Olivier Polge, Chanel’s handsome in-house ‘nose’, was inspired by the dressing room scents of the Ballets Russes. After all, it was Misia who introduced her friend Coco to impressario Diaghilev and the dancers of his legendary ballet company.
When I put on the scent, I could immediately smell the lipstick, powder and the bouquets of flowers from admirers that must have filled those famous dressing rooms. I recognised a powdery violet, some rich vanilla-like tonka bean, gorgeous hints of iris and and some sensual Turkish rose.
I loved it, and could imagine both Coco and Misia approving. But the most important question: would I wear it to bed? Oh oui, I would! Though I would add some of my own Misia-inspired lingerie, just to make it utterly sexy…
Shop the Misia Loves Coco collection.
REFLECTIONS FROM YOUR MIRROR
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Between king and QUEEN
Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”
Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”
The art of love!
Get your creative juices flowing
This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!