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Keira Knightley revs up Chanel in racy new ad [Updated]

The star of the new Chanel ad for Coco Mademoiselle perfume, which debuted Monday online, is debatable. Some would say it's Keira Knightley, who reprises her film role as the famed French designer in this cryptic, come-hither, 60-second spot. Others might say it's the vintage Ducati 750 SS motorcycle Knightley wheels over the cobbled streets in and around Paris, catching air off a flight of stairs en route to a photo shoot. Personally, I'd say it's the custom Chanel catsuit and boots that Knightley's wearing. Color-coordinated with the Ducati, the zip-up -- rather, zip-down -- Chanel is beige, suede and utterly alluring. The ads air nationwide Wednesday. [Updated March 23, 10:15 a.m.: A previous version of this post said the ad was shot in a French town.]

-- Susan Carpenter

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Duuhhhhhhhhh, dumb.

"a French town?" Darling, if you don't recognize Paris, you've picked a difficult career...

Erm, that "French town" happens to be downtown Paris, specifically around the Louvre.

Also: you can't tell the difference between sixty seconds and over three minutes? Tough days at the Times, I see.

Why the vague reference to "a French town"? It's plainly Paris.

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Definitely the Ducati 750 SS. A close second is the song "Love" by Joss Stone. Then, of course, Keira Knightley. The jumpsuit would be nothing without a body inside. The Ducati, the song ... both stand alone.

Silly ad.

And that "French town" would be Paris.

Oh for God's sake! Speaking of a beige spot!

I'll say it ALL works together quite well..


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