The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s Classic Revisited

16 Jul

The Little Black Jacket by CHANEL

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Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld is preparing for the launch of his upcoming book, The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited (co-authored by Carine Roitfeld) with exhibitions in Tokyo, New York City, Taipei, and Hong Kong, featuring the iconic Chanel little black jacket photographed on numerous celebrities.

The little black jacket has long been an iconic wardrobe pieces in the fashion world and Lagerfeld’s show features his photographs of various famous celebrities — including Yoko Ono, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lady Gaga — all wearing Chanel’s little black jacket.

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I had the opportunity to attend CHANEL’s “Little Back Jacket” photography exhibition by Karl Lagerfeld when I was in a trip to my hometown Taipei, TAIWAN in June 2012. I actually had to go to the exhibition twice, and the reason for that was because the first time when I was there (on a Sunday afternoon), I got so overwhelmed with the long, long, long line ups at the venue in Taipei’s Songshan Cultural & Creative Park (松山文化創意園區), it was so crazy… the lineup was formed from the 2nd floor down to the first floor, all the way across two hallways!

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CHANEL The Little Black Jacket in Taipei

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You cannot believe how long the line up was just to get into the exhibition. My friends and I decided to go see other exhibitions at the venue instead. “Taiwan Design Museum” was featuring conceptual designs by contemporary designers in Taiwan. You bet the designs were amazing, anyone can be fascinated by the designers’ displayed work with their creativity and originality!

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Of course, being a fashion photography lover & a make-up artist, I just had to go there again hoping that I can get in without the line ups. So I chose to visit the event again on an early Monday when it first open at 11:00AM., and yes, I was able to get in smoothly without waiting.

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CHANEL: The Little Black Jacket book

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From the information on the internet, this event started in Tokyo (Japan) earlier in March 2012,  moved to New York City, and Taipei (TAIWAN) is the third location showing; it’s currently in its next stop in Hong Kong (CHINA)…. as your have noticed, CHANEL is really loving to have the exhibition in Asian countries, huh? (for an obvious reason….) I highly doubt it will ever make it to Vancouver, Canada though…

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I later read the press about their event opening night in Taipei, Chanel invited Gaspard Ulliel – actor & ambassador of the Chanel Men’s Blue Perfume, and famous Taiwanese actress & singer Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄) as their featured VIP guests wearing Chanel’s dress, along with other local Taiwanese celebrities. Vivian Hsu is a very pretty lady, and I had the pleasure of meeting her in person years ago. She is very sweet in personality, and from a make-up artist’s point of view, her skin is beautiful… I honestly think she wasn’t wearing make-up when I met her at a private dinner function, but her skin was so healthy and glow-y!

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The event was great. Chanel had experts at the event explaining to attendees on the showcasing photos, and each attendee was able to receive a poster size of a chosen photo taken by Karl Lagerfeld as their gift.

Here are some images that I took at the event, and I hope you all enjoy the images, and be inspired by the master’s fashion photography work. If you check out the photos closely, you can definitely name a few of them because they are mostly popular celebrities of our time. It’s so great being a icon fashion designer and to be working with the real A-list celebrities, eh?🙂

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Little Black Jacket Book 2012: Gaspard Ulliel

Little Black Jacket Book 2012: Gaspard Ulliel

Little Black Jacket Book 2012: Hudson Kroenig

Little Black Jacket Book 2012: Hudson Kroenig

CHANEL: The Little Black Jacket

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CHANEL The Little Black Jacket in Taipei – The Film

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