Audrey Tautou for Chanel
You know, the word in the industry is that the Chanel No.5 face has been replaced. No more Nicole Kidman. The future in under French charm. Audrey Tautou – you may find her more familiar under the name “Amélie” from the Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film (said to be the one directing the upcoming Chanel No.5 Ads too).
I look at this girl and then it suddenly hits me – she’s perfect for the Chanel No. 5 Ads! All the women of the world put together, you can hardly find more sterile femininity than Nicole Kidman’s (or Keira Knightley’s or Kate Moss’s for the matter, but unfortunately, they’ve made Coco Mademoiselle, so I can’t get into it … momentarily). Ok, maybe except for Claudia Schiffer’s (but that wax goddess too is another story). Anyway, my idea is that more Karl grows older, more his eye for feminity decrepit and thus he goes from sterile to desert-like-sterile and no wonder he ditches the iceberg – she’s an expectant mum after all, and it’s notorious that Karl doesn’t like children.
I have absolutely nothing against Audrey! By all means, I loved that Amélie fairy-tale-ish movie! But looking at her and imagining how she brings something womanly to the story is a real challenge for the eye and the mind. This little French charm number is as castrating as a crawling crab into one’s shiny leather leggings. Or maybe I’m just plain nasty and the girl-woman thing doesn
’t get to me one bit. The idea behind No. 5 was to represent a strong woman, a woman of character, hence the square bottle of Chanel No.5 meant to remind a masculine fragrance recipient.
Help me out on this one – how should the Chanel No.5 Woman be like? More like a child (hence Tautou), more like an iceberg (hence Kidman)?