Forget the little black dress. The words on everyone’s lips this week are ‘The Little Black Jacket’. Opening this week at London’s Saatchi gallery, the much anticipated photography exhibition displays Chanel’s famous tweed in all its glory.
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Styled by Carine Roitfeld, and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, the exhibition displays 113 pictures of the aforementioned jacket in its most versatile forms.
It dates back more than sixty years, but what many now think of as Coco Chanel’s most iconic piece first became revolutionary due to it contradicting everything that was then fashionable. Collarless and boxy, it was strikingly different to the clinched in waists and girly necklines of the 1950s. It was practical yet chic, and the women who wore it looked cool, sophisticated and grown up.
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But does it still look cool? Absolutely. Described by Vogue as the ‘unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment’, Lagerfeld has reinvented the jacket to something relevant again. From fashion editors to models, pensioners, hip hop stars and violinists, Lagerfeld and Roitfeld have proven to us one thing – that this really is the most adaptable piece of clothing. It can look right in any moment, on any person. Styled with leather trousers and swag a la Kanye West, or fitted as a bustier wrapped around supermodel Joan Smalls, its detailing and adaptability is iconic.
Chanel No.5 fragrance and the must have accessory of the decade the 2.55 bag have been the fashion house’s financial backbone in recent years. But ever the opportunist, Lagerfeld has put the spotlight on the Little Black Jacket again. Without the use of brassy ‘in your face’ logos, the little black jacket has become something distinctly Chanel, which is sure to follow us though for (hopefully) another sixty years in the future.