My Style Obsession, My Style Icon

I’m not sure when it started exactly, but I think it was around 9 years ago when I fell in love with the iconic brand that is known simply as “Chanel“.  It’s interesting, really, why people fall in love with the brands they do — there is no rhyme or reason for it.  To me, Chanel is classy, timeless, and stylish all in one – an almost impossible combination and one that I hope to emulate daily — even without a designer label.  Chanel appeals to the eternal feminist in me, subscribing to my idea that clothes and accessories should accentuate a woman’s best features and not detract from them.
Around the same time, I discovered French actress Audrey Tautou while watching what is now one of my all-time-favorite movies, Amélie.  Tautou quickly became my style icon, I love the way she can wear even the most simple ensembles and make them look like a million bucks.  Remniscent of another famous Audrey, she carries herself with incredible amounts of style and grace.  Just like my pull towards Chanel, I’m not sure exactly what it is about her style that draws me to her, but it is an undeniable cross of class, simplicity, and sensuality.
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Much to my excitement, the two have actually collided head-on, with Tautou starring in the new French feature film “Coco avant Chanel” – or, in English – “Coco before Chanel”.  The film was released in France in April, but here in the States we have to wait until September to see it.  Not only that, but Tautou has stepped in to be the new face of Chanel No. 5 – following in the footsteps of iconic women such as Catherine Deneuve, Marilyn Monroe, and most recently, Nicole Kidman.  I’m sure you remember the short
film for Chanel No. 5 that starred Nicole Kidman and was directed Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann.  Taking a similar step in that direction, the newest Chanel No. 5 short film reunites star Audrey Tautou with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director who jump-started her career with Amélie.audrey-tautou-chanel-n5

I love the new short film, it is done in a style very similar to Amélie, and fans of the film will notice it immediately.  It’s less than 2.5 minutes long, and is definitely worth watching — I love it.  As always, Tautou looks impeccable.  I know you’ll love it as much as I do.  Let me know what you think in the comments!