Karl Lagerfeld strikes again! This time with a très chic photographic exhibition. The Chanel Little Black Jacket exhibition is now on in London, featuring 113 shots of celebrities and fashionistas, including Dakota and Ella Fanning, Georgia May Jagger and Kanye West, wearing the iconic black jacket designed and made famous by Coco Chanel. All shots were taken by kl, who also curated the selection alongside Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. The exhibition is touring nine cities (Sydney’s as close as we get, hmph) but you can see the virtual exhibition on the official Chanel lbj website. Amaze!
I do love me a little black jacket, and while the iconic Chanel piece is undoubtedly to-die-for, it’s vaaaaaaaaaaastly out of my price range ($1,500 much?!). But there are loads of gorg lbjs out there, and lots of them are at much more reasonable prices. So here I have a few different ways to wear and style the lbj, be it Chanel or otherwise!
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♥ Shorts are the perfect item to style your lbj down. I love this look; casual with a big shout out to the neon trend. Loving this woman’s hair, also.
♥ I, personally, am not in support of these pants, but I do really like the simplicity of the lbj with pants and a fresh white tee – constant chic,but without looking like you care toooo much.
♥ Miranda Kerr has a great take on the lbj and pants combo. Simple yet gorgeous; I like a lot. Glam handbag doesn’t hurt, either!
♥ Lbj over a dress is a great way to go for a glam look, but the key here is to keep your lbj little! Long or puffer styles won’t work with this look because anything too large or over-sized will swamp your gorg dress underneath. Am so sold on the colour and ruffles of this particular dress, too.
♥ Lbj paired with cute skirt is another sure way to instant glam. Small dog optional.
♥ Wear your lbj over a pretty blouse for a cute, yet dressed up look– I love the effectiveness of the simple black and white colour palette here.
However, if you just lust for the genuine Chanel article, we have some items in our collection that will quench your craving. My favourites are these:
Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style / Jérôme Gautier
This one is full of glossy, full-page pictures; a real feast for the eyes. Perfect if you don’t fancy doing much reading.
The gospel according to Coco Chanel : life lessons from the world’s most elegant woman / Karen Karbo ; illustrated by Chesley McLaren.
A slightly lighter look at the world of Chanel.
The little black jacket: Chanel’s classic revisited / Karl Lagerfeld.
This one is the official catalogue of the Chanel Little Black Jacket exhibtion, and a very lush browse indeed.
I also HIGHLY recommend the movie Coco Avant Chanel ($4.00 for one week). I’ve watched pretty much all the Chanel DVDs on offer and this is definitely my fave. Starring Audrey Tatou as Chanel, it chronicles the life of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel before her founding of the luxe Chanel brand. Such a good watch!
Finally, for an insight into the somewhat odd life and mind of Karl Lagerfeld, I suggest watching Lagerfeld Confidential ($4/week). Quite funny and, at points, very astonishing. Pure entertainment!