4th September 2017
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Location LOCATION: Paris

On Skin
La Solution 10 de Chanel 50ml
Les Beige Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation
Eclat Lumiere
Les Beige Healthy Glow Luminous Colour

On Eyes
Stylo Sourcils Waterproof Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil
Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir
Les 4 Ombres, Tisse Gabrielle

On Brows
Le Gel Sourcils

On Lips
Rouge Coco Stylo 217

Fragrance
Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum 100ml

Gabrielle Chanel was inspired. Determined. Courageous. A leader. She was passionate and fearless; a free spirit with a rebellious heart who was unapologetically feminine. She was Gabrielle before she was Coco. She was iconic.

These were personal traits I kept in mind when we shot this story in Paris to celebrate the new Gabrielle fragrance by Chanel. I wanted to embody her spirit; playful with a carefree ease. I wanted to embody the fragrance; feminine with a unique lightness. The idea was to feel as if a much younger Gabrielle had stuck these photos in her diary with some tape she found lying around the house, lost amongst a pile of sketches on the floor of her Parisian apartment, placing them in an imperfect way that felt uniquely perfect to her. It’s about those fleeting moments of youth, where we look back and feel nostalgic about living in the moment when our lives seemed far less complicated. Those cherished memories of summer scents lingering in the air, waking up late to the heat of the sun and realising you have no plans at all, only to see where the day will take you and letting fate be your guiding force.

It’s this collection of experiences that inevitably shape who you are today, simple or grand, every single one of them, one way or another. Eventually, there will come a time in your life when you realise you are decidedly in control of your fate – you can wake up and choose to be whoever you want to be and spend every moment fighting for her. She is the best version of yourself, and in many ways, she is Gabrielle; the silent strength within all of us.

This is what I learnt from Gabrielle, and I hope she has inspired you to be fearless too.

Bisous.

Photographer: Steffania Paparelli 
Hair: David Mallett & Mathieu Guignaudeau
Makeup:Victoria Baron for CHANEL
Nails: Jocelyn Petroni for CHANEL
Stylist: Emma Kalfus
Assistant: Nichhia Wippell
Producer: Chloe Brinklow

Look 1: Alice McCall Blouse, Chanel Trousers
Look 2: Christopher Esber Top and Pants, Isabel Marant Flats
Look 3: Christopher Esber Dress
Look 4: Aje Dress
Look 5: Chanel Jumper, Levi Jeans, Chanel Gabrielle Bag, Chanel Shoes
Look 6: Chanel Top, Cos Skirt, Chanel Glitter Boots, Chanel Gabrielle Bag
Look 7: Acne Jumper
Look 8: Aje Shirt