Chanel Debuts Train de Nuit, Starring Audrey Tautou

Today, CHANEL unveils the highly anticipated short film titled, Train de Nuit starring Audrey Tautou and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (click here for exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos and videos).

Audrey Tautou incarnates the CHANEL N° 5 woman – seductive and elegant with an irreverent spirit and timeless modernity. “N° 5” the film is a tale of chance and fate – a brief encounter between a man and a woman traveling to Istanbul on the Orient Express night train with an intertwining of two destinies that will be brought together by a scent like no other. In this film, Jean-Pierre Jeunet reveals the intriguing world of CHANEL N° 5 and the power of its seduction. Enchanting and alluring, Audrey Tautou is today’s face of CHANEL N° 5.

“For me, a woman who wears perfume represents the ultimate in femininity,” states Tautou. “When a woman has a pleasant or mysterious scent, it adds a little something to her.”

In this cinematic dialogue, the legend of N° 5 lives on. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie, the 2001 film collaboration between Tautou and Jeunet that marked the beginning of their creative relationship, became a phenomenal success and was recognized with international awards. In 2003 the pair partnered once again for A Very Long Engagement, a film with poignant visual and emotional intensity. “For N° 5, Audrey was the first person who came to mind,” notes Jeunet. “We needed a very expressive actress in very short shots, someone who could act with her eyes alone, and God knows that I know her eyes well.”

Audrey Tautou will join the legendary league of women who have represented CHANEL N° 5. Her elegance and beauty follow in the path of the iconic faces featured in CHANEL fragrance campaigns, including Nicole Kidman, Ali McGraw, Carole Bouquet, Lauren Hutton and Catherine Deneuve. The cinematic partnership between Audrey Tautou and Jean-Pierre Jeunet continues the tradition of CHANEL pairing influential directors and their muses for short films, such as Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrman, and Keira Knightley and Joe Wright.

The film’s soundtrack, “I’m a Fool to Love You” is performed by legendary soul singer, Billie Holiday. Jeunet selected the song “for its absolute charm, her distinctive voice and the lyrics that evoke the folly of an encounter of love.”

Designed to reflect Coco Chanel’s very modern fashion philosophy, CHANEL N° 5 is a rich modern floral blend of jasmine, rose, patchouli, iris and ylang-ylang with gentle precious woods. The world’s most famous fragrance, made its debut in 1921. Coco Chanel asked the great perfumer, Ernest Beaux, to create a fragrance that reflected her very modern fashion philosophy. N° 5 was her lucky number and it was the fifth submission presented to Mademoiselle Chanel on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year, thus a legend was born with the name CHANEL N° 5.

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DO Hold Your Breath: Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger

I am hopelessly devoted to Prada Infusion d’Iris. In 2007, when I gifted Mama Spoiled Pretty with a bottle for Christmas, I was seduced by its charm, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. In fact, I carry a full-sized bottle in my handbag. Yeah, I’m crazy like that. So when I recently learned that Prada would be releasing a new incarnation of the fragrance, Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger, I was beside myself with excitement.

Well, this past Saturday on a trip to Bloomingdale’s, I stopped by the fragrance counter to see if the perfume was worth the wait. I misted Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger on a tester card, haphazardly catching a few of my fingers in the spray. And when I caught a whiff, I immediately cursed my bad aim.

I was expecting something modern and light, like my beloved Infusion d’Iris. Instead, I found the perfume to be an offense to my nostrils. I’m no fragrance expert, so the best way I can characterize the scent is cloying and grandmothery. It’s so strong that it would be the last perfume I’d think to spritz on in the warm summer months that are right around the bend. And while I recognize that fragrance is a very personal thing, I can’t think of one person I know who would willingly wear this perfume.

Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger eau de parfum is available in three sizes: 1.7 oz ($74), 3.4 oz ($100), and 6.75 oz ($135). The line also includes a 8.5 oz Hydrating Body Lotion ($52) and 33.8 oz Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel ($50). But I personally wouldn’t buy any of these products, even if Prada was having a BOGO promotion.

So I’m just going to stick with my Infusion d’Iris. And if the Orange Blossom mood strikes me, I’ll pick up this perfume by Jo Malone.

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DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Sue Farrell, winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Giveaway, generously sponsored by DKNY. Sue has won a 3.4 oz bottle of DKNY’s latest fragrance, plus the matching shower gel.

Inspired by the beauty of the Apple Blossom, DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is lighthearted, intensely feminine, and radiant. A blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis and sun-kissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose, wrapped in luminous jasmine. Finish the apple sensation with a body lingering base of blonde woods and smooth skin accords.

Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is sold at Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Sephora.

Again, congratulations to Sue – and thanks to all of you who entered. Don’t despair if you didn’t win…just try your luck again. You know there’s no shortage of giveaways here at Spoiled Pretty. In fact, I have another contest still going strong. Click here to enter the June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!

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Mr. Spoiled Pretty Is A Chanel Convert

Mr. Spoiled Pretty is a trip…

A few days ago, I gifted him with two new men’s products Chanel sent me to review, Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche Eau de Toilette and Anti-Shine Moisturizing After Shave. Being the macho-man minimalist that he is, Graham gladly accepted the aftershave but handed back the fragrance.

“I already have enough colognes, so maybe you should give this away on your blog,” he said. Now, for the record, Graham only has two (maybe three) other colognes – and the fact that he would deny himself of free Chanel blew my product-loving mind.

But once Graham got a whiff of the aftershave – with its notes of lemon, bergamot, cedar, sandalwood, tonka bean, white musk, vetiver, ginger, amber, vanilla, white and pink pepper – my unassuming hubby changed his tune. “Mmmmm, this smells awesome,” he said. “Maybe I should hold on to the cologne.”

Yesterday morning, when Graham emerged from the bathroom, he smelled fantastic – and I told him as much. “I used that new Chanel stuff you gave me, and I really like it,” he said – leaning in so that I could better appreciate his fresh scent. When I pressed him for a more comprehensive review so that I could write this very post, he replied, “What I like most about it is that it makes me smell wealthy.”

Well, there you have it, ladies. Mr. Spoiled Pretty, a pretty difficult man to please, is a Chanel convert. Maybe I am rubbing off on him after all.

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