Excerpt: The word “noir” transforms nearly anything it modifies. For instance, think of “teddy bear.” Maybe you envision a beloved stuffed animal kissed by babies. Now imagine “teddy bear noir.” Suddenly that same toy lies abandoned in a sinister old farmhouse — maybe the house in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood . Try it with different words: Disneyland. Disneyland Noir. Kitty. Kitty Noir. You see what I mean? So, I had high expectations for Chanel Coco Noir.