Drunk in love: The new Chanel Boy fragrance

Drunk in love: The new Chanel Boy fragrance

First loves

Text: Renée Batchelor

Inspired by Coco Chanel's lover and mentor, Arthur "Boy" Capel, the Les Exclusifs collection creates a namesake fragrance

If you know anything about the love story of the legendary Coco Chanel and her intriguing, debonair lover Arthur "Boy" Capel, you'll know the impact he made on her life and her fashion house. It was Capel who invested funds in her fashion house when she first started — but which Chanel famously paid back in full — and who expanded her horizons in art, literature and politics.


Gabrielle Chanel and Arthur Capel by the cartoonist Sem, 1913

Now the house that Coco built pays tribute to her dapper, intellectual lover with a new fragrance created for the brand's Les Exclusifs de Chanel ollection. This range is sold only in Chanel boutiques and the newest addition by Olivier Polge explores the interplay between the feminine and the masculine. Polge imagined the mark of a man on a woman's skin. Built on fougeré structure, this fragrance celebrates both the rosy and minty facets of rose geranium. Mixed with a lively blend of lemon, grapefruit and lavender, it is completed with soft touches of rose and orange blossom and completed with base notes of sandalwood, vanilla and cottony musk. Does the final juice suit a woman or a man? The point is, it doesn't matter, as just like a crisp cotton shirt, it can be divine worn on either.


From $310-$560. Exclusively at Chanel fragrance and beauty boutiques from 10 June