Saturday, 10 November 2012

Chanel's Little Black Jacket Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London

Last Sunday I managed to make it to the last day of Karl Lagerfeld's and Carine Roitfeld's Little Black Jacket exhibition at the stunning Saatchi Gallery in London. I'd been wanting to go since it opened there on October 12th, but what with starting a new job, I simply didn't have the time. Those of you who have read my blog since the very beginning will know that one of my first posts celebrated Coco Chanel's little black dresses and Karl Lagerfeld's little black jacket, and that I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the exhibition in London - and it even exceeded all expectations! You can read that post by clicking here: Coco & Karl.

The exhibition was a glorious collection of 113 photographs depicting friends of the fashion house wearing Lagerfeld's exquisite little black jacket. They were all striking, original and raw. The whole way round I couldn't help but say to my friend "I'm so happy we came, it's amazing!" - I think I repeated myself far too much, but I was just in awe of the images Lagerfeld has created! They are provocative and evocative in an understated way, and cleverly portray the personality of the models as well as the personality of Chanel. Modern and classic Chanel collides in a perfect way, creating timeless images which celebrate everything the fashion house is about. It is almost impossible to choose which ones were my favourites, but some of the most striking were the ones of Clémence Poésy, Elle Fanning, Anna Wintour, Natalia Vodianova, and Tilda Swinton. 

Here are a couple more of my favourites (edited on my instagram:

Vanessa Paradis

Georgia May Jagger

Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey 

Unfortunately, the exhibition has now left London and the UK. However if you're in Sydney or Moscow you have until tomorrow to make it (11th November). If you're in Paris, I am extremely envious as it has only just opened there, and will run until 25th November. You're also in luck if you're from Seoul or Berlin as you have the opportunity to see the exhibition on 1st December and 23rd November respectively. You can find more information at

The Saatchi Gallery also deserves praise for hosting the London event in such fabulous fashion. The open space of the gallery was perfect, and complimented the exhibition perfectly. It was set out in such a way that visitors did not feel cramped (despite the large number of people visiting), so each individual could look at the photographs at their own pace, and without feeling rushed. What's more is that entry is free to all of their exhibitions, and at the Little Black Jacket each visitor was given 3 FREE poster! We were each given a large copy of the images of Georgia May Jagger, Lily Donaldson, and Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, and I can safely say that come December they will all be framed and up on my bedroom walls! So if you're ever in London, or live in the UK, I would definitely advise seeing what the Saatchi Gallery has to offer, as it really is a wonderful gallery. Find out what's coming up at

If you've missed the exhibition, or have seen it and loved it, then the book of the Little Black Jacket is out now! It's certainly on my Christmas list! 

Love Lucy x

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