Chanel’s Most Iconic Perfume Has a Fiery New Face

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For the first time in the history of Chanel, its iconic ‘N°5’ fragrance has undergone a very bold makeover. The new limited-edition perfume is housed in a red glass bottle to pay homage to one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite colors – “the color of life, the color of blood” as she referred to it.

Originally designed in 1921 and then adapted in 1924, the clear rectangular ‘N°5’ bottle featured simple geometric lines, a facetted stopper, and a distinctive design that was years ahead of its time in terms of modernity and aesthetic. Over the 20th and 21st centuries, it subtly evolved while remaining true to its pioneering nature, resulting in the iconic bottle we know and love today. But this festive season marks a colorful adventure for ‘N°5’ with its fiery new look.

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The classic floral-aldehydic fragrance was Gabrielle’s first ever scent creation, and one that remained close to her heart throughout her life. Five was an auspicious number for the designer – she believed it had a spiritual, mystical quality that brought good luck and prosperity. So much so, in fact, that she famously chose the fifth sample vial, saying to master perfumer Ernest Beaux (who developed the scent), “I present my dress collections on the fifth of May, the fifth month of the year, and so we will let this sample number five keep the name it has already. It will bring good luck.”

So what better color to coat it in than red, the enduring symbol of boldness, freedom, strength, and passion? The color that Gabrielle explored in all its shades and depths, from her statement accessories to her tweed designs? And – of course – let’s not forget Chanel’s classic red lipsticks.

Chanel’s Most Iconic Perfume Has a Fiery New Face

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And if you’re really lucky, you might be able to bag the crystal version made by Baccarat – but with only 55 available in the whole world, you’ll have to move quickly. What more could you possibly want than this luxurious 900ml collector’s edition for your vanity table? It’s priced at AED 123,310 a pop, so a very nice letter to Santa might be in order…

In the meantime, you can discover how the Baccarat bottle was created with these images shared exclusively with Savoir Flair.

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