I try not to keep it a secret how much I like Karl Lagerfeld whom I love/fear/hate depending on what he does. I even like his cat, Choupette (check out the twitter, it's funny), and his white ponytail. No, really, I do. And then there is another obsession of mine (obsessed maybe, but only in the good way): Chanel. I don't know why I like the brand so much, but I like the bags, the shoes, the logo, the black/white colour scheme, the bouclé everything, the chamelias, the pearls. There you have it. How dangerous for me isn't it that Karl has been designing for Chanel for ages? Two slight obsessions in one, I'm not sure it's healthy. But this is really besides the point as this is more about the Chanel Black Jacket exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery. I was there. I both felt the need to go based on my interest in Karl and Chanel, and I felt like art on a Thursday is a good thing. It was lovely to see the exhibit and I am so glad I went, but if I would have had to pay to get in, I would have been extremely dissapointed. The pictures and the styling was great, but the presentation of the pictures themselves (posters nailed to the wall with nails) did not resonate the luxury and finesse I would have expected from Chanel. Fair enough that this is an exhibit based on the book with the same name, but I can't help but compare the Chanel Black Jacket's to the Hermes Leather Forever exhibit I went to back in May. Hermes had gone all out, and then some with their exhibit, letting you touch the leathers, see how they craft their bags (2 different bags were made during the day in the museum, right in front of your eyes and you could chat to the craftsmen while they worked), get to know a bit of history and see some of the most outrageous leather products they have made. And this was also a free exhibit. What I would have expected from Chanel was a small history of each person pictured in a jacket, and why they were asked to participate. Maybe even a quote from the people portrayed mentioning their relationship with the black jacket? Karl, take notes!
Two of my favourite pictures were of Anna Wintour as herself (above) and Carine Roitfeld as Coco Chanel (below), very classic and very Chanel.
Difficult to even comment on this, from Harpers Bazaar US edition, April 2012. I guess it's what makes Karl, Karl in the end, but it is fairly special.
The thing about Chanel and Karl is that they make so many things women want. I know very few women that don't have a 2.55 at the back of their minds (and a secret saving-up fund) and now this look into their classic black jackets has me thinking: "Should one be on my wishlist?". Why this sudden focus? Well, pure advertising from Chanel's side really, they are launching a book about these black jackets that will have pictures of 100 people wearing different versions of the jacket. Styling and pictures are done by Karl and Caroline Roitfeld, there is even a picture of her in the book. But back to the video, it really does show how much work and care goes into one single jacket. There is something alluring and fantastic about handmade garments when we are getting used to the mass production that is the high street and it makes me want to get creative and make something myself.
There is my Chanel fascination that I honestly can't tell you when started, but I think we are talking around 2000 (when I was almost 16), and bought a silk scarf right after. Then the pearl brooch, and then nothing. Because it's all so crazy expensive. But one can dream. Anyways, I still love their stuff and their shows (how cute is the little boy he sent on the catwalk with the new "Boy" bag over his shoulder?). So now I am on the hunt for tons of crystals to decorate at home with and of course plan on crystallize my eyebrows for one of those normal days at work. No no, only joking! I get enough weird looks already.
I love anything with a bit of Karl, so how exciting is it that he is launching an online exclusive collection on January 25th, which happens to be my birthday! How sweet he thought of me... And I know it's a long video, but he is so adorable with his iPad and several iPhones in a super chic Celine case. Totally in tune with technology!
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x