I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when Mr. UPS delivered my copy of The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited By Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld. My oh my.
The book is a tribute to Chanel’s iconic black jacket. The little black jacket is, some would argue, one of the most important contributions that Chanel has made to fashion. The history of the jacket began in 1916 when it was designed, produced and even worn by its founder Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. “I always make the first design for me” said the petite Coco who believed that women could be elegant while wearing clothes that didn’t trap the body into an unnatural form. The original tweed jacket had some very unique and original details, including overcast and topstitched seams for an even surface and a gilt chain weighing down the inside hem of the jacket so that it took (takes) the shape of the woman wearing it.
In the book, Chanel’s classic jacket is worn as a headdress by American actress Sarah Jessica Parker, wrapped around model Joan Smalls, as well as modishly adorned by Yoko Ono.
I’ve been excited to get my hot little hands on this book for months. Below are some of my fave shots, but be sure to check out the book to see them all!