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The Little Black Jacket Retrospective

Posted by Cecilia Walker on

Karl Lagerfeld claims the only things that will always be in style are “jeans, a white shirt, and a Chanel jacket.”  Three things.

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The Little Black Jacket:  Chanel’s Classic Revisited is a book comprised of Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’s reinterpretation of Chanel’s iconic little black jacket.  It contains Lagerfeld’s photographs of celebrities, fashion designers and musicians wearing the jacket, each styled by Carine Roitfeld.  On November 9, 2013, The Little Black Jacket Exhibition opened in Singapore — below is a clip of the show, along with commentary from global style icons.

Chanel has been running an ongoing retrospective film series on its interactive Web site, insidechanel.com.  It is fascinating!  Since Karl Lagerfeld took the helm in 1983, he has reimagined and reinvented Coco Chanel’s little tweed coat since she first presented it in the 1950s.  The film series is currently nine chapters in length  — a history of the fashion house — where I learned that Coco had little education, and very poor parents.  “Her starting point was zero,” Karl informs.  She achieved success through her charisma, natural distinction and elegance.

For more on The Little Black Jacket, watch here.

And some interpretations of the classic Chanel jacket…


1.  J.Crew | 2. Rebecca Taylor | 3. Alice + Olivia | 4. Proenza Schouler | 5. Tory Burch | 6. Isabel Marant

Chanel’s style is rare.  Karl says, “Chanel is a cosmopolitan legend.  It is globalization before globalization ever existed.  And that is genius.”


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