Chanel’s exhibition “The Little Black Jacket” finally landed in London yesterday, and I was there to go check it out! The show features 113 black and white images featuring some of the world’s best known – and some perhaps not so well known – faces from the world of fashion, art, design and music shot by Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Carine Roitfeld.
What started off as a project for a coffee table book (which I insist you get, I have a copy and it’s marvellous), has turned into a traveling exhibition around the world, with the Saatchi Gallery London the 5th stop on its global journey. It’s a lovely hommage to a classic, iconic item of clothing that has successfully stood the test of time, and is – especially when looking at the photographs in the show – clearly still as current as ever.
It really strikes home how the same piece of clothing can look so different when worn by different people. From Elle Fanning to Alexander Wang, from Kanye West to Anna Wintour (whose picture is simply amazing – who else could be so recognisable simply by their hairdo?), from Georgia May Jagger to Olivier Theyskens (my favourite picture of the exhibition, his eyes have haunted me since leaving the exhibition) – it is ageless, timeless, genderless and adaptable to every person who wears it. At the top of my wishlist is now just one single item: a little black Chanel jacket.
Karl has always been a fantastic photographer – he shoots most of Chanel’s lookbooks and campaigns – but this exhibition proves he’s a true artist. Combined with Carine Roitfeld’s styling and an incredible choice of ‘models’, The Little Black Jacket will appeal to just about anyone, not just the loyal Chanel fans. And as if you needed any more reasons to go pay the exhibition a visit, here’s two: it’s free entry, and there are free posters for you to take home. Now hurry on up, because it’s only on until October 28th.
Chanel The Little Black Jacket
Duke of York’s HQ
London SW3 4RY
I was asked by Chanel to cover the star-studded opening party for Chanel News, so keep your eyes peeled for my post on their website, as well as another post on here reviewing the exclusive opening party very soon!
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