October 15th, 2012Par Alex Loves
Chanel's Little Black Jacket finally arrived in London last night with a glittering private opening party at the Saatchi Gallery, where the exhibition will remain until October 28.
Despite the pouring rain, London's finest showed up to see the exhibition celebrating Chanel's iconic black jacket. Set over 4 rooms, The Little Black Jacket consists of 113 black and white photographs shot by Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Carine Roitfeld, featuring some of the best known – and some perhaps a little more unknown - faces from the world of fashion, design, art and music, each wearing the jacket in their own individual ways.
The design of the jacket may be decades old, but at the party last night, it proved to be as current and fashionable as ever, with many of the invitees proudly sporting their Chanel jackets. The youngest guest of the evening, actress Chloë Moretz, proved that even at just 15 years old, there is simply no age limit to being able to wear a true classic, as she wore hers with simple black trousers and crisp white shirt. Other famous faces included Eva Herzigova, Yasmin Le Bon, Poppy Delevigne, Tallulah Harlech, Bip Ling, Henry Holland, Laura Bailey, Zaha Hadid, Lou Doillon and Noomi Rapace, to name a few, as well as appearances by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.
Model Alice Dellal, with her trademark punk rock style considered a true London Girl, possibly embodies the versatility of the jacket the most. Wearing a simple white Chanel dress and jacket last night, her portrait in the exhibition personified just how this iconic piece always seems to adapt to the wearer. As she posed with her picture, her mother Andrea Dellal proudly looked at her daughter's picture and exclaimed: “See? A little black jacket works for everyone! There's never a bad way to wear it!”
And it's not just women who have been falling for Chanel's iconic jacket over the years, with many men featured in the show as well. Designer Haider Ackermann and actor Waris Ahluwalia, whose photographs are part of the exhibition, last night happily professed their love for the jacket.
The posters to take away proved to be a big hit with the guests, who queued to take home copies of the black and white photographs of Lily Donaldson, Georgia May Jagger and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey.
If there's one thing to learn from the Little Black Jacket, it is its timelessness and versatility. It simply seems to work for everyone – whatever your age, whatever your gender, whatever your style – a fact certainly visible both with the portraits as with the guests last night. A highlighted quote on a dark wall at the back of the exhibition explains its allure perfectly in just one sentence: “There are clothes which keep rejuvenating themselves instead of getting worn out.” The Little Black Jacket does exactly that. Go see it before it goes again!
Photo © Anne Combaz
September 5th, 2011Par Alex Loves
The World of Chanel at Harrods
As of today, Chanel has taken over Harrods, and the result of this collaboration is, for lack of a better word, magical.
I’m still slightly flustered and overexcited and giddy as I write this post, because loyal readers will know about my love for Chanel, so imagine my excitement after seeing the massive 350 square metre installation called “Une Promenade”, which guides you through the world of Chanel, all the famous Harrods windows featuring the AW11 collection, a pop up fashion boutique with more bags than one can imagine (including some exclusives for the occasion) and a massive beauty boutique featuring all your favourite products plus a few exclusives – and a photobooth. Yep, I’m still slightly overwhelmed by it all!
For 3 weeks only, you’ll be able to discover the world of Chanel (finishing September 24th), and if you’re in London at all, I urge you to go for a visit. Fans of the brand will go crazy, but you don’t even need to be a Chanel fan to appreciate it – the installation is phenomenal. Imagine Disneyland, but Chanel-style.
“Une Promenade” is arranged in several sections, based around some of Chanel’s famous numbers. You enter them through the main room, a garden scene based on the SS11 show decor (the show I was lucky enough to attend), then you go into different sections: 2.55 for the bag, where a video installation takes you through the entire creation of the iconic quilted bag – incredible! 31 stands for 31, Rue Cambon, where Coco Chanel’s apartment was, and the room is devoted to the haute couture part of the brand. 54 stands for the legendary Chanel tweed jacket, 5 stands for the Nº5 perfume, and so on. You just have to go by and discover it for yourself, the installation opens to the public tomorrow. That’s an ORDER!
If you are going, then I do apologize, as I’m about to ruin it for you all with my overload of pictures!
October 7th, 2010Par Alex Loves
9am: I arrive backstage at the Grand Palais for my very first Chanel show to find a wonderfully hectic scene of models in make up, dressers going through the show clothes, catering setting up a nice breakfast, the orchestra practicing in the background. Call time was 5.30am, so right now I’m just witnessing the finishing touches.
9.15am: There’s a final run-through. As Chanel is using the entire Grand Palais for the first time, there will be an epic 84 models, so the choreography needs to be perfect. Even without the clothes on, it already looks and sounds amazing! I am introduced to Karl Lagerfeld, who overlooks the entire scene himself.
9.30am: People have already started arriving at the door, even though the show doesn’t start for another hour. Inside there’s a quiet before the storm, so I go outside to start taking pictures of the crowd, but it starts raining and umbrellas are blocking my view. The Chanel crowd is incredibly stylish and often dressed in the label head-to-toe. It is a truly amazing sight! I run into blogger extraordinaire Bryanboy backstage, looking amazing!
10.15am: Things are really starting to kick off now. Outside the queues are getting long, backstage the models are having their makeup finished and relaxing for a few minutes before the craziness kicks off. People start entering the venue and everyone appears in awe of the grandness of the venue this season.
10.30am: The Grand Palais is filling up quickly and the celebrities keep arriving one by one. My seat is right next to where they get photographed, so I have a prime view. Alexa Chung, Lily Allen, Rachel Bilson, Vanessa Paradis, Keira Knightley, Lou Doillon, Virginie Ledoyen – to name a few. The stream of beautiful, Chanel-clad girls seems never-ending! The gorgeous Claudia Schiffer arrives in front of me causing a bit of a pap scrum.
11.05am: Showtime! The orchestra starts up and the models come from both sides of their stage. The huge collection moved through a variety of the classic Chanel tweeds in black & white and summery pastel colours to floaty chiffon floral dresses, finishing with an all-black eveningwear finale (except for a lone amazing feathered apricot creation). I fell in love with the chunky platform sandals, which seemed so comfy - no stiletto heel in sight! The entire crowd melted when supermodel Brad brought his adorable 2-year old son along with him on the catwalk, dressed in the exact same outfits. Original Chanel-muse Inès de la Fressange also received applause when she made her appearance in the finale with a huge grin on her face. Along the orchestra playing The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony, Karl took his bow with his ‘court’ in tow, followed by the rest of the models. The whole scene gave me Goosebumps; this was a true Fashion Moment.
11.25am: Post-show cocktail, and there’s chaos as everyone wants to photograph or interview the many celebrities. People are climbing on top of the fountain to film; others are desperately trying to get backstage. There are cameras and microphones everywhere, and everyone is waiting for the man of the hour, Karl Lagerfeld, to come out. He eventually does, poses with some of his muses, like Keira Knightley, then talks to the assembled press.
1pm: The Grand Palais is slowly starting to empty. Karl Lagerfeld is still doing interviews, as he will be doing most of the afternoon, but my camera has now died and it is time for a much-needed break. Outside there’s still a crowd trying to get a whiff of the Chanel vibe, trendspotters are hoping to snap stylish people, tourists are posing with the Chanel sign. But the show is over, so armed with a camera full of amazing memories – and a goodie bag full of Chanel Make Up – I regretfully have to say goodbye to the Grand Palais and my first ever Chanel show.