Chanel's Opening Party To Celebrate "The Little Black Jacket" Exhibition

by Cameron Picardi · June 7, 2012

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The French fashion house, Chanel, has taken their popular little black jacket, originally launched in 1954, and created an exhibit featuring 113 black & white photographs of celebrities adapting the unisex jacket into their own style. The one-week exhibit kicked off last night in SoHo at 18 Wooster Street with an exclusive party.

Lagerfeld collaborated with French Vogue editor, Carine Roitfeld, to create the $98 coffee table book which will be compiled of the photos from the exhibit, and titled The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited. The book will be available for purchase on August 15.

[Photo: Linda Evangelista, Karl Lagerfeld]

Guests included Karl Lagerfeld, Linda Evangelista, Pharrell Williams, Cindy Sherman, Zac Posen, Penn Badgley, Olivier Theyskens, Alexander Wang, Linda Fargo, China Chow, Michelle Harper, Brad Kroenig, Theophilus London, Crystal Renn, Poppy Delevigne, Leigh Lezark, Lisa Bonet, Zoe Kravitz, Derek Blasberg, Nate Berkus, Rinko Kikuchi, Lily Collins, Karolina Kurkova, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, and Giovanna Battaglia.

Featured in the exhibit are model, Joan Smalls, who's adaptation meant wearing it as a skirt; Sarah Jessica Parker, who's adaptation meant flipping the jacket over her head; and Yoko Ono who's adaptation was a harrowing pose with a top hat. According to Lagerfeld the popularity of this jacket comes from the fact that it's eternal. As he told Gotham Magazine,

"The eternal can only last if it stays up-to-date at the same time."

The exhibit will be open to the public starting Friday, June 8, 2012 at 18 Wooster Street from 12 PM to 7PM.

[Carine Roitfeld] [Giovanna Battaglia, Jessica Hart]

[Linda Evangelista, Karl Lagerfeld]

[Lisa Bonet, Zoe Kravitz]

[Zac Posen] [Olivier Theyskens]

[Alexander Wang] [Karolina Kurkova]

[China Chow] [Michelle Harper]

[Karl Lagerfeld, Hudson Kroenig, Brad Kroenig] [Joan Smalls}

[Rinko Kikuchi] [Lily Collins]

[Poppy Delevigne] [Leigh Lezark] [Dree Hemingway]

[Theophilus London]

[Alexandra Richards, Theodora Richards]

[Pharrell Williams] [Penn Badgley]

[Crystal Renn] [Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Giovanna Battaglia]

[Derek Blasberg] [Caroline Winberg, Hanneli Mustaparta] [Nate Berkus]

[Lynn Yaeger] [Anne Koch] [Jessica Pare]

[Edita Vilkeviciute] [Constance Jablonsk]

[Natalie Joos] [Eniko Mihalik] [Linda Fargo]

[Lindsey Wixson] [Frankie Rayder] [Will Cotton Rose Dergan]

[Stefano Tonchi]

[Annabel Tollman] [Gillian Miniter] [Hamish Bowles]