Glenn Yong, Robin Tiang and Gavin Teo Give Their Take On Chanel’s Bleu De Chanel Fragrance

Glenn Yong, Robin Tiang and Gavin Teo Give Their Take On Chanel's Bleu De Chanel Fragrance

When it comes to fragrances, think of the right scent as the finishing touch to your look. It announces your presence and helps make a lasting impression long after you’ve left a room. It’s an armour of confidence, an olfactory ambiance, that accompanies you through the day. Here, artistes Glenn Yong and Gavin Teo, as well as fitness instructor Robin Tiang, share their thoughts on the importance of a good scent and how it makes them feel.

Photographed by Wee Khim
Styled by Windy Aulia
Grooming: Wee Ming using Boy de Chanel
Producer: Jeffrey Yan
Stylist’s assistant: Brandon Chia
Video: Parallax Collective

Glenn Yong, 25, Musician and Actor

What does masculinity mean to you?

Masculinity is being confident and comfortable in your own skin.

Share with us a recent bold move that you made.

Writing and releasing my first English single, “Up Up”. This is me plucking up the courage to finally express my thoughts and feelings about being in the entertainment industry over the past four years. I’ve not been bold enough to express it before this because it’s easy for people to misquote you when you’re so new to the industry. So, after four years, I think I’m ready to talk about it and hopefully, empower more people who are going through tough times in their lives.

What do you think makes a man elegant?

To me, elegance is when a man is focused, decisive and knows what he wants. It shows in his sense of style, the way he does things and the way he carries himself.

How important is scent to you?

It’s very important. I wear one every day. Wearing perfume is a way of expressing yourself—it’s like an extended part of who you are.

What kind of scents appeal to you?

I find floral scents very appealing. They remind me of first dates and being caught up in romance. I find that quite sexy.

If your signature scent were a person, how would you describe him?

In the past, I’d say he’s a sweet guy—almost childlike and innocent. These days, that description has changed and I’d say he has a little bit of spice to him.

Where does the Bleu de Chanel scent transport you to?

I don’t think there’s a specific place, but it makes me feel like I’m on a mission, and that I can take it on. You know how Iron Man puts on his suit when he’s on a mission? The Bleu de Chanel scent makes me feel the same way.

Glenn Yong holds the Bleu de Chanel Eau de Parfum.

Jacket and necklace, both from Chanel. Singlet; jeans; earrings; socks, and shoes, all Glenn Yong’s own.

Robin Tiang, 33, Fitness Instructor and Owner of R1ot Gym

What does masculinity mean to you?

It means not being afraid of your fears and having the courage to face them. I have a fear of heights, but I still love going skydiving and bungee jumping. I like to face this fear head-on because by facing your fears, you’re kind of living your life on the edge. That’s what masculinity means to me: Living life to the fullest and experiencing it as deeply as possible.

Share with us a recent bold move that you made.

That would be opening a fitness centre in the middle of a pandemic and various lockdowns. I started R10T with two of my friends because we saw an opportunity to provide an outlet for those on the island to work on their fitness, since we were not able to travel and everyone was working from home then.

What do you think makes a man elegant?

Being independent yet interdependent at the same time. I think it’s important to be a good human being and to trust other people to do good as well.

How important is scent to you?

As I’m active most days and perspire, I don’t wear perfume every day. On the days that do, it’s vital to smell good, as the olfactory sense is very important and smells are closely linked to memories. This is especially essential on date nights, for example. We want to look good, feel good and smell good, so that the memories created are entirely elevated.

What kind of scents appeal to you?

Because I work in a gym, I’d say that the scent of perspiration appeals to me. To me, that’s evidence of the hard work that you’ve put in. Other than that, I’m attracted to clean scents; something very light, such as freshly laundered sheets.

If your signature scent were a person, how would you describe him?

Quirky and clean at the same time.

Where does the Bleu de Chanel scent transport you to?

I love the EDT because it’s not overpowering. There’s something clean and refreshing about it, and it feels very dreamy. It’s like being transported to the moon.

Robin Tiang holds the Bleu de Chanel Eau de Toilette.

Jacket, from Chanel

Gavin Teo, 25, MusicIan and Actor

What does masculinity mean to you?

It’s in the way you present yourself to somebody, and having that person feel comfortable and well taken care of. Plus, having what it takes to handle any situation that life throws at you.

Share with us a recent bold move that you made.

Last year, I got a tattoo, which is something I never thought I’d ever get. It’s the Chinese character for the word “home”, and I got it as a remembrance of my late mother, who passed away 100 days earlier. At that time, I was pretty hard on myself because I felt like I didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked with her when she was still around. So this tattoo acts as a constant reminder to myself that my family is the most important thing to me.

What do you think makes a man elegant?

Being aware of social etiquette and having good manners.

How important is scent to you?

It’s very important especially when you want to make an impression. I feel that a scent can really bring out your personality. Choosing the right one can also make you feel confident or sexy, depending on the occasion.

What kind of scents appeal to you?

I’m attracted to woody scents with a touch of citrus. They remind me of being at the beach or the open sea. I love nature and so I’m always drawn to these scents.

If your signature scent were a person, how would you describe him?

Non-threatening, warm, calm and comforting.

Where does the Bleu de Chanel scent transport you to?

Definitely to a beach holiday. There’s that hint of citrus that I love, and I can imagine myself sipping on something refreshing and smelling the sea breeze. The scent is pretty intense without being too overpowering, so it makes your presence known without being too in-your-face.

Gavin Teo holds the Bleu de Chanel Parfum.

Jacket and brooch, both from Chanel. Turtleneck, from Brunello Cucinelli. Trousers, Gavin Teo’s own.

This content was originally published here.

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