Six years after releasing her last album, Bliss, Vanessa Paradis is coming out with her new, fifth title, Divine Idylle. In the interlude, of course, Paradis had her second child, a son, with actor Johnny Depp, who also designed the Gustav Klimt–like album cover. Paradis wrote four of the 11 songs, which sound more rock than her previous tracks, but still carry a personal touch, such as “JuniorSuite,” which is about solitude. “I wanted this album to be about music,” says Paradis, a regular in the front row at the Chanel shows, but otherwise an elusive star. “I didn’t want it to be theatrical. It’s something cozy.”
Her tour, which will include 24 French cities (with three concerts at Paris’ Zenith), one concert in Geneva and one in Brussels, is slated to start at the end of October and run through mid-December.
FASHION PHILOSOPHY: Paradis and Depp divide their time between Los Angeles and the South of France. Both are synonymous with a bohemian style and are often snapped by paparazzi lounging about their boat in the Mediterranean, but the couple cleans up nicely for red-carpet appearances. Paradis mostly opts for Chanel ensembles—unsurprisingly, as she used to model for the house.
EARLY BIRD: Paradis became popular at age 14 with her hit song, “Joe Le Taxi.” At 17, she won a César, the French equivalent of an Oscar, for her provocative performance as a pretty, young student who falls in love with her married philosophy teacher in the film Noce Blanche, and at 19, she became Chanel’s face for its fragrance Coco.
UP NEXT: La Clé, a Guillaume Nicloux thriller slated to be released on French screens in November. She plays a lost and generally mixed-up young woman, opposite Guillaume Canet, Marie Gillain and Jean Rochefort. And, in 2009, she’ll lend her voice to Un monstre à Paris, an animated movie directed by Eric Bergeron.