Visiting Les Champs de Chanel - Visual Sensations {Paris Street Photography} {Scented Paths & Fragrant Addresses}

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For a few days last week, Chanel recreated a sampling of floral fields as you might see them in the Grasse region, transported to Paris for a moment of sensory discovery and marketing impact entitled Les Champs de Chanel (The Fields of Chanel). Iris, tuberose, roses, geranium and jasmine congregated on a 200 meter square area, walled in, with a bastide or typical Provençal homestead in the background.

Because perfume lovers are so ready to feel vicariously enamored with pictures of all-things-fragrance-related even when they can't smell them, we are posting several photographs that will give you an idea of the event...


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The view from the bastide, with the Tuileries and rue de Rivoli in the background © Chant Wagner 2018

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The high table where you were invited to sample and smell a selection of precious raw materials © Chant Wagner 2018
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Mouillettes made out of partially porous white ceramic were proposed to help you test the floral essences and absolutes © Chant Wagner 2018

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Smelling Chanel essences and absolutes © Chant Wagner 2018
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A Pitchfork and Chanel Perfumes © Chant Wagner 2018
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Farmers Behind Fragrances © Chant Wagner 2018

The theme for the installation was to show that behind the sophisticated object that is a perfume, there is a whole agricultural process taking place behind the scenes. You could sum it up as a didactic shortcut offered from field to fragrance flacon.

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The kind of apron with a large pocket, which is used to pick flowers, rendered in gray and black © Chant Wagner 2018

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No.5 en majesté // No.5 the star perfume of the house or the Biggest Bottle © Chant Wagner 2018

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Pick Your Poison, So Long it's a Chanel © Chant Wagner 2018

Chanel brought out a small selection of house fragrances other than the cult No.5. There were the No.19 classic & No. 19 Poudré, I believe, Gabrielle, Coco Mademoiselle, Coco Noir, No.5 L'Eau and only one Exclusif, Boy.

In the end, my subjective takeaway was: Chanel's essence of geranium smells so good and rich, I might prefer it over their rose essence and absolute.

Hope you enjoyed the virtual visit!


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