Thursday, June 7, 2012

You Had Me at Chanel

The classic Chanel jacket. Mama like.

In advance of the book The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, which will be released on August 15, 2012 (my birthday!), there is a micro-exhibit on the iconic black Chanel jacket from June 8-15 in Manhattan. I’m so there. I will report back if they allow me to take photos.

There is a fun range of videos and pictures that Chanel has released which you can see if you click here. I am especially enamored of the very short video (too short!) that shows the Chanel seamstresses making one of the jackets. Check it out if you get a chance. It’s the last selection in the menu, called “The Jacket.”

I tried this jacket on once at Saks. It was a little piece of fashion heaven.

The exhibit poster featuring Joan Smalls.

The Little Black Jacket
June 8-15
18 Wooster Street (between Grand and Canal Streets)
New York City


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

What a cool way to celebrate your birthday! I hope they will allow pictures, cannot wait to see!

Anonymous said...

Do I dare ask what that Chanel jacket might have cost at Saks? I keep looking for something like them at the thrifts--nada. And what a great way to celebrate your birthday. They must have known.

Anonymous said...

You DO love Chanel, don't you? Me, too!
The black jacket is pretty darn gorgeous! Strange thing tho, I have no qualms about spending $ for Chanel bag, but I've never been able to buy Chanel RTW. I just can't pull that trigger...not even when they're on sale. Go figure?
Happy weekend!

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, I'm skipping the exhibition. I called Chanel and it is only photographs of celebrities wearing different versions of the little black jacket. So very boring. I wish they'd feature the seamstresses who make these creations instead. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, the jacket I tried on at Saks was a very basic (but beautiful and so well-made) model and it came in at just under $5,000. Ouch. If I ever own one it will be secondhand, and I am starting to cook up a scheme to learn how to make one. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Jeannie, I so feel your dilemma. I can see saving up for a Chanel bag, but I don't think I could ever fork over $5K and up for a jacket. Even at 'sale' price it would probably still be in the $3,000 range. Not gonna do it! XO, Jill

Paula said...

What a short runtime they have! You have to be quick to see it.

Do you believe there are body-shapes that don't work with the jacket?
Coco Chanel's shape was different from many other female shapes.

I for example have a high waist and low bust and a really short torso. The Chanel jacket would shrink my torso even more and make my delicate waist dissapear. Which would be not a good idea.

jill815 said...

Hi Paula! How are you? I have to come see what you are up to in Austria. As for the jacket, yeah, I believe that the boxy jacket might not look great on everyone but I feel quite certain that if you go to a Chanel boutique they would have a jacket of a different cut (perhaps with a princess seam) that would be flattering on you. It made my head spin when I tried jackets on at Saks, there were so many different styles, each with their own design features and all in different (and amazing) fabrics. Black, semi-fitted with bracelet sleeves was the one that looked best on me, especially with a pair of jeans. XO, Jill