F is for Falcon and the Owl: Beaking Out at the Paris Press Preview of Nina L’Eau

by Janine on 1 February 2013 · 9 comments

Janine Falcon_Paloma_snowy owl in Nina L'Eau commercialThis snapshot makes me think “caption contest,” à la The New Yorker.

With me in this photo is Paloma, a beautiful, spirited snowy owl featured in the television ad for Nina l’Eau, the newest addition to the Nina fragrance family by Nina Ricci. Nina L’Eau launches in France tomorrow, and in Canada in March.

The spot stars 19-year-old Swedish model Frida Gustavsson in an ethereal dress designed by Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping specifically for the campaign. The ad appeared on the Nina Facebook page for fans today, in advance of its French television debut tomorrow.

Spanish director and photographer Eugenio Recuenco (he directed the first Nina commercial) worked with cinematographer John Mathieson (he’s worked with Ridley Scott) to give the spot a cinematic feel. Filmed over the course of three days in a huge studio in Prague, the ad features Gustavsson as a modern fairytale princess “with a complex, strong personality and who really knows what she wants,” says Nina Ricci’s international marketing director Caius Von Knorring.

Paloma is one of three owls who were on set for the filming of this spot. According to Von Knorring, she is the most “energetic” of the three, and thus appears in most of the owl scenes.

Janine Falcon_Paloma_snowy owl_Nina L'EauWhat a star. She looks like a hoot, right?

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YouLookHotToday 2 February 2013 at 11:50 am

“What a star. She looks like a hoot, right?” You really said that, huh? You’re such a beak.

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Janine 2 February 2013 at 3:42 pm

Ha hah!

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Yvonne 2 February 2013 at 12:50 pm

A couple of night owls.

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Janine 2 February 2013 at 3:42 pm

True dat!

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KittyPride 2 February 2013 at 10:06 pm

Two natural beauties :D How lucky are you? What do owls feel like when you pat them? Very cool.

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Janine 4 February 2013 at 11:10 am

Incredibly soft and plush — I confess, I lingered longer than was fair to others waiting for their photo. I was utterly charmed.

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Beauty Reflections 3 February 2013 at 12:59 pm

SO COOL. So freakin’ COOL.

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Janine 4 February 2013 at 11:10 am

You know, it really, really was. :-) xo

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Pri 4 February 2013 at 1:20 pm

Love this commercial, it reminds me of Harry Potter, with the music, the owl (Hedwig), and the maze (from the Goblet of Fire). But then again, I am a bit of a Harry Potter nerd.

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