Through over a hundred photographs, Karl Lagerfeld pays tribute to Chanel’s little black jacket.
Created during the fifties by Mademoiselle Chanel, the jacket has been endlessly reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld in each of his collections ever since 1983, for the most part, in the fundamental Chanel colour: black.
In the book The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld*, the jacket is being adapted and worn differently by some of today’s personalities in contemporary culture : slipped on by the French singer, Vanessa Paradis, transformed into a headdress for the American actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, or adapted to Alice Dellal’s neo-punk look - this fashion masterpiece can adapt to any style.
Karl Lagerfeld has chosen to capture the jacket‘s versatility in a series of photographs taken in close collaboration with Carine Roitfeld. The book will accompany the opening of an exhibition dedicated to it, which will run from 24th March until 15th April 2012 in Tokyo.
From March 24th to April 15th 2012
11AM – 7PM from Monday to Friday
11AM – 8PM Saturday and Sunday
G-Bldg, Minami Aoyama
Minami Aoyama 5-4-48
Minato Ku, Tokyo
* Available in bookstores from Fall 2012
Photo: Saskia de Brauw photographed by Karl Lagerfeld
From March 21st to 23rd Chanel will host a series of 3 events in Tokyo.
On March 21st, the iconic Chanel jacket will be celebrated in an exhibition featuring Karl Lagerfeld's photographs of celebrities and various personalities. The exhibition will mark the worldwide launch of the book “The Little Black Jacket”. *
On March 22nd, Chanel will showcase the replication of the 2012 Spring-Summer Haute Couture show in the heart of Tokyo.
These events will be followed by the inauguration of an ephemeral boutique on March 23rd.
* The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld
For his Spring-Summer 2012 Haute Couture collection, Karl Lagerfeld paraded no less than 154 shades of blue across the lofty heights of the runway. "From the faintest pearl blue to the darkest midnight shade, this immense color range spans from crimson to hints of green. Actually, the color chart for blue is incredible," explained Karl Lagerfeld.
Organza, tweed, tulle and muslin were dyed in the most precise nuances, every fabric shimmering in its own shade of blue: sapphire, ultramarine, indigo, and blue woad… The extent of the seemingly endless palette matched only by the stunning array of techniques and materials, some hand-painted or sprayed to produce the desired shading. Through a porthole or silk gauze, all transparencies were swathed in blue. The blue-hued glint of glass mosaic buttons, expertly crafted by Desrues, attests to pigment dosed to perfection.