Or should that be ‘Karl Lagerfeld Chanels the power of the Little Black Jacket’? Fashion students, photography nuts and style fiends get ready: after stints in Tokyo and New York, Karl Lagerfeld’s eagerly awaited Little Black Jacket exhibition opens at London’s Saatchi Gallery (until October 28) and it’s free. His vast striking monochrome photographs (styled by ex-French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld) adorn the walls of four huge rooms on the first floor. But does this dead simple, slightly boring black jacket warrant such attention? Lagerfeld has photographed 113 style icons and ‘friends’ of Chanel wearing the jacket in their own way from Anna Wintour and Lily Allen to Tilda Swinton so you get to see its genius versatility. Wintour is photographed standing with her back to the camera with the jacket neatly perched on her shoulders, the epitome of chic, while Swinton makes it look all cool and avant-garde. A quote by poet Roberto Juarroz emblazoned on one of the walls sums it up the appeal of this fashion classic neatly: ‘There are clothes which keep rejuvenating themselves instead of getting worn out.’ A vast coffee table tome ‘The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld,’ accompanies the exhibition and is available to buy, £65. Posters are being given out free.
For info, see thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com.