With a little help from his friend, former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld, Karl Lagerfeld is finally ready to bring his traveling photography exhibit, ‘Chanel: The Little Black Jacket‘ to New York City. The weeklong run, which kicks off this Friday at noon, features 109 celebrities and fashion iconoclasts in various states of dress and avant garde undress (thanks to Carine), all shot by Lagerfeld himself. Having debuted successfully in Tokyo in late March, ‘Little Black Jacket’ is an homage to the 103-year-old fashion house and a testament to its continued relevance in the industry. Known from the beginning for its tailored tweed, Chanel could not be better represented with a single design than the LBJ. From Yoko Ono and Daphne Guinness to Sarah Jessica Parker and Kanye West to Bianca Jagger and Inès de la Fressange, the variety of women (and a few men) Lagerfeld and Roitfeld selected for the exhibit are all quintessential Chanel: confident, a little unpredictable, and armed with a strong, original sartorial point of view.


If you can’t make it to Deitch Projects in Soho to see ‘LBJ’ in person, worry not, the exhibit will continue to travel–though where, they won’t yet say. Chanel has also created special behind-the-scenes video and photographic features on a microsite, as well as featured the project prominently on all of its digital properties, including its main e-commerce site and all of Chanel’s social media platforms. And if you want to own the images, be patient, all 109 of them, along with accompanying text by Roitfeld, will be available in a Steidl book by the same name, to be released in the U.S. on August 15th.


(Images via Chanel)


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