Chanel N°5 In A New Light

Chanel No. 5, Chanel Exhibition, #n5ny

The last Chanel exhibit I viewed in New York was a celebration of The Little Black Jacket and if you follow me on Instagram, you might know that this past weekend we checked out No. 5 in a New Light, a pop-up exhibition in Chelsea dedicated to the impressive 94 year heritage of Chanel's classic fragrance. This is an innovative, interactive journey guided by the senses through the processes of creation, cultivation, composition, abstraction and revelation that reveals the iconic scent in a completely new light.

Chanel No. 5, Chanel Exhibition, #n5ny

Even though it was a free event, an online timed ticket reservation system was set up for entry. We were greeted by well groomed men in suits as soon as we approached the entrance on 14th and Tenth who quickly found our reservations and checked us in on their iPads. Inside another suited attendant welcomed us with a quick overview before sending us on our tour. As we made our way through, we listened to the wisdom of Gabrielle Coco Chanel, waved our hands over virtual pools of jasmine and rose petals to learn about how the flowers were picked, interacted with light discs to produce musical notes that conveyed fragrance notes and peered through a 3D sculpture of a No. 5 bottle. We were then encouraged to create custom postcards with rubber stamps that would be sent to family and friends. I made three. At the end there was an introduction to Chanel No. 5 Eau Première which is a modern interpretation of the original No. 5 that is lighter, fresher and more delicate. It was a really cool experience which I'll be sharing with you here. I apologize in advance for the image overload but this is the tightest edit I could get to that properly translates the spirit of the exhibition.

Chanel No. 5, Chanel Exhibition, #n5ny
Chanel No. 5, Chanel Exhibition, #n5ny
Chanel No. 5, Chanel Exhibition, #n5ny
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Chanel No. 5, Chanel Exhibition, #n5ny
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The exhibit was on a limited run from May 7 to May 17 at 461 West 14th Street in NYC. If you missed it, you can also learn more about Chanel No. 5 in this short film from the brand. Chanel No. 5 Eau Première is already available for sale. I sampled the fragrance and it definitely has a softer and fresher feel than the original. Would you be interested in trying this new scent?


sonia // daring coco said...

Ahhh that flower cart! If I was there I'd attempt to take that home with me, somehow, discreetly. LOL. Looks like it was a wonderful exhibition, so fanciful and full of life. Nothing short of what you'd expect from Chanel.


Ivana Split said...

What a lovely glam! but as Sonia said it is what one expect of Chanel...beautiful photographs.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a really classy event, how fun!

The Dainty Dolls House said...

This looks amazing :)) xx

Lilli said...

Wish I was there in time to visit it too! Have seen the snap on IG and was curious to see how it looked. You did well to go and thanks for the shots, is like I was there too! More than an exhibit, it really seems an experience! Have to watch the short movie later. Happy Monday Rowena! xo

Jackie Harrison said...

Chanel is perfection and amazing product this images are outstanding

Paola Lauretano said...

I would like to visit it!!! Cool experience!!!
Kisses, Paola.


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Beauty Follower said...

Love the classic style of Chanel products!

Have a great start of the week :)

Anonymous said...

I would have loved to attend this event! Who could resist the world of Chanel?


MITCH said...

Chanel no. 5 is such a classic scent! The event looks so much fun :D

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Effortlesslady said...

This is my go to perfume!!Love it such a great event.

Blackswan said...

It's Chanel for me anytime! Love the scent, dear! xoxo

Emmylou said...

I'm a huge fan of the original No5. That would be so cool if the exhibition can come here in Toronto:) TY for sharing these pics, Rowena.

Elisa @ Crazy, Amazing Life said...

wow, it looks absolutely gorgeous!

Miharu Julie said...

Looks amazing
I would to visit it

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little luxury list said...

The new scent sounds intriguing! I am really bummed this is already over but am so happy you got to share some pictures!

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Kelsey&Kenecha said...

What a great event!! Such a great post, love the inside scoop :)


Hokis said...


You have a great Blog, with nice pics!!

I follow you on GFC and Google+, maybe you follow me back? ;o)

Have a nice day!

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Shireen L. Platt said...

That looks like a great exhibition, Rowena and how I wish there's something like this where I live. The highs and lows of living in a small town. And I can't believe that Chanel has been around for 94 years, that's a very long time!

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Who wouldn't love this exhibition/event featuring the iconic Chanel. I would like that flower cart in my home! :) Thanks for sharing, it looks pretty amazing. <3 /Madison

Jessica said...

That Exhibition is amazing!!!!

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get carried away said...

looks fantastic!!!
happy rest of the week!

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Chanel.... my dream.
Wonderful exhibition Rowena.
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Nequéren Reis said...

Que máximo amo perfume ele são de mais,
uma semana abençoada para você.

Unknown said...

Wow, looks like it was such a beautiful exhibit! I wish I was in NYC to visit this!

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

A very interesting event, as I would like in my town had an exhibition and certainly would love to try the new version, softer.

Corinne said...

What a fun event, it's great that it was free, too.

Corinne x

Unknown said...

Amazing experience. Thanks

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh how exciting to have attended this, I had no idea this was going on. LOVE the photos, really brings it to life!


Imogen said...

This must have been so exciting and the pictures are really classy and amazing.

buffalo journeys said...

What a wonderful experience! I always thought No 5 was a bit overpowering. I'm glad to hear that this is a bit lighter now. I'll definitely be asking for a sample next time I'm at the beauty counter :)

Sybil said...

captivating for sure! wow! :D

Have a great week!
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Lena L said...

Thank you for showing this lovely exhibit with your wonderful pictures! It's as good as seeing it in person.
We almost went down here then yummy things uptown won us over this weekend. ;p

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The exhibit looks fascinating! What a fun evening :)

A Very Sweet Blog said...

I remember you attending the last Chanel exhibit Rowena! This one was just as awesome. I love the interaction and how they got everyone involved. I'm glad to hear about the new scent! I was never the biggest fan of the older one. HaHaHa I can't wait to smell it. Thank you for sharing this!

My Garden Diaries said...

What an incredible way to experience Chanel. When I think of Chanel I think classy so this to me encapsulates the brand to me! Such a beautiful and sleek exhibit! How outstanding that you were able to attend! Have a lovely Tuesday Rowena! Nicole xoxo

Leslie said...

Fantastic Rowena! I just love this sort of thing:) How exciting that a new scent is coming! ..can't wait!
Hope your week is off to a good start ~ xxL

Stanislava E. said...

I have never had the original Chanel No. 5 but I'd love to try the lighter version! The event looks really elegant and interesting. Lucky you, Rowena! I'd love to attend it too and to send some postcards to my girl friends. Hope you had fun! Have a wonderful day! xo

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Lovely photos ♥

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Anonymous said...

I LOVE Chanel! I don't think I could be without it!

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miasmode said...

Wow what an amazing exhibtion. You had to make custom postcards. That is awesome. I like the old No 5 but it's a but too heavy for me. I can't wait to try the new lighter version. I'm really curious. Maybe this could be my new scent. Wish you a happy Tuesday Rowena :)


Lenya said...

What an amazing exhibition. Wow! But to be honest, I just hate it when they change an already perfect scent and call it by the same name. They have done that a lot the last couple of years, Dior, Chanel, I don't get it, what's wrong with them. Why don't they just keep the original one and launch the *new* one by a different name? I miss the Miss Cherie by Dior perfume from 2005 dearly, and I am not the only one. Same goes for Coco. The original version was heavenly.

saTanja said...

This seems like such awsome and super chick event, I'm so jalous, I've never been to anything like this :/



JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

oh my, Rowena! This is so cool and must be delightful to see, smell and hear, almost like a 4D kind of experience, huh? and the best part was, you get to do something for memory to bring back, that is such a memento *_^

The last time I had been to such an exhibition or tour in such great details would have to be many years back in Singapore, when my family and myself went for the HUMAN BODY ANATOMY one, it was kind of scary and "gruesome" for my boys as they were still quite young then and also the fact that they were SOOO real!! haha but that was an awesome and eye-opening experience for me.

If I were in NYC, I would love to visit this, most definitely *_^

Thanks for sharing this, I feel that I have actually visited already! haha, in a way. Lovely week ahead, my dear Rowena.

Big hugs,

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Awesome event! Happy Wednesday dear! :)

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Rafaela said...

Wow such a nice event!! Love the photos!!

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

What a wonderful expo! Thank you for sharing the photos, Rowena! x


I'm not that much into the "strong" smell of Chanel No5! But now you've convinced me to try the new one! I love soft and fresh scents! Every picture of you brings us closer to Chanel, my dear! So thank you for sharing this art with us, Rowena! <3


Sunstreetbymonica said...

Lovely Chanel exhibit! I would love to be there, what an amazing experience! The photos are gorgeous, thanks for sharing Rowena!:)

K / House of KTS said...

I am so loving this exhibit. Everything looks wonderfully styled. And I love how they displayed thw flowers. Amazing photos :).

Kia / The House of KTS

Jessica said...

I'm a huge fan of this fragrance. These photos look beautiful.

Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Jane said...

how amazing! would've loved to have gone