Opening Day: June 8th, Location: 18 Wooster Street. In keeping with the contemporary look of Chanel, I wore my hair in loose wavy-curls, pinned a Chanel pearl brooch to my little black jacket and slung over my shoulder the chain-strap to my little black quilted handbag.
The art space was visually charming. Two guards (one on each entrance side), welcomed guests. Towards the upper-middle area was a glass encased stack of TheLittle Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited books. Photos taken by Chanel’s Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld, covered the walls. A range of accomplished people (both in the entertainment biz and fashion world) hung on display, wearing their own interpretation of the Little Black Jacket, thus demonstrating the jacket’s versatile appeal, styled by the ever-so talented Carine Roitfeld. Standing at the back-end were three stacks of poster-sized photographs for guests to take home.
Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld joined forces to send a message to fashionistas worldwide; as head of Chanel studio and muse, Virginie Viard, so eloquently put it, a Chanel jacket is “…outside of fashion.”
Karl Lagerfeld takes us back to the humble beginnings of the Chanel jacket and reminds us that it was originally a man’s jacket, but thanks to Coco Chanel it has transformed into a symbol of effortless elegance and femininity. Whether you wear it with jeans or an evening dress, Carine Roitfeld supports the idea of a Chanel jacket being an incredible piece, and Sarah Jessica Parker holds her Chanel jacket as one of her most prized possessions.
The Chanel jacket befits any kind of person or age group. The exhibit captures Karl Lagerfeld’s vision for Chanel, reassuring us the timelessness of the Little Black Jacket.