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The Little Black Jacket

by habituallychic

06 . 08 . 12
I have a meeting in Soho today and while I’m down there, I can’t wait to stop by The Little Black Jacket exhibition. Karl Lagerfeld photographed over 100 iconic people in the iconic little black jacket for a new book The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited by  Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld that will be released this fall.  The photos will be on display at 18 Wooster Street from June 8-15, 2012. 

“The Chanel jacket was actually inspired by an Austrian men’s jacket. Coco Chanel invented a type of  piece  that had never before existed in this particular form, and no-one can take this achievement away from her. It is an icon that embodies the essence of the Chanel style. Some things never go out of fashion in the world of fashion: jeans, the white shirt and the Chanel jacket.” – Karl Lagerfeld

“I designed the Chanel suit for women who move”, Gabrielle Chanel is reported to have said. “I’m a great admirer of the female race. I wanted to give women clothes that they would feel comfortable in, that they could drive in but that, at the same time, would emphasize their femininity.”

“It’s a classic that goes with everything.” – Sofia Coppola

“I now own one and I happened to wear it today to this shoot and amongst some other things in my life, I consider it a prize possession. I feel very lucky.” 
– Sarah Jessica Parker

Waris Ahluwalia
“When you own something of this luxury you don’t give it away, you pass it down to the next generation.” – Kirsten Dunst

Kanye West

Tilda Swinton

Olivier Theyskens and his photo.

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  1. kate funk June 8, 2012 | 1:31 pm

    I am so in love with these photos, I think the one of Kirsten Dunst is my fav. Love.

  2. Alice Olive June 8, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    I’ve been waiting to see this exhibit, too.

    I’m swooning over Tilda’s image. She has one of the most striking faces and her skin is flawless.

  3. phillips59 June 8, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    I’m very disappointed that I’m not in New York, what with all of these openings. I won’t be able to see the Prada/Schiaparelli exhibit before it closes either.

    Hope that the Chanel show’s lovely.



  4. Brooke Shemwell June 8, 2012 | 5:22 pm

    You’re so lucky to get to go to the exhibit! New Yorkers have so many great opportunities. Enjoy!

  5. Karena June 9, 2012 | 4:28 am

    Fabulous images, iconic!!

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  6. NYC, Style and a little Cannoli June 9, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    what a great post and love the photos of course! sad it is only for one week as hard to get there in time being in PA. hoping to pick up a copy of the book but would have loved to view this exhibit. Thanx for the post!!

  7. classic • casual • home June 9, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    I like the idea of passing down your jacket. I have a fitted short sleeve one (that is in the Chanel book) that I think I should give to my daughter!

  8. Tabitha June 9, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    I really need to fish mine out but it s so awfully tight now, I look like stuffed sausage in it.

  9. lushnluxe June 9, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    I envy New Yorkers, so many fantastic events to attend every single day. Fantastic, iconic photos.