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.
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