As the temperature in NYC rises this week so to do hemlines, putting this perfect bunch of pins on display.
Inevitable: Chanel No. 5 & Brad Pitt
Since its creation back in 1921, a long line of femme fatales such as Catherine Deneuve, Lauren Hutton, and Nicole Kidman have leant their visage to Chanel’s iconic perfume, No. 5. So naturally, it came as quite a surprise and an unprecedented maneuver when Brad Pitt was enlisted as the new face of No. 5. The recently debuted commercial, directed by Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Atonement), showcases a wistful Pitt cooing: “The world turns and we turn with it, […] dreams take over. But wherever I go, there you are.” Chanel No. 5 has stood the test of time, being the world’s most popular and best selling fragrance*. Thus Pitt’s last susurration, perhaps, is meant to remind us of the link between scent and memory; countless women have boastfully worn No. 5 leaving its scent a mere erasure to any distinct memory besides No. 5 itself. Truly inevitable.
*watch the first installment of “Inside Chanel” for the fascinating history of the perfume
by Michael Costa