The Little Black Jacket

Inside Chanel's "The Little Black Jacket" Exhibition

“Every designer dreams of inventing the Chanel jacket,  It’s up there with jeans or the T-shirt; it is gender neutral—that is to say, it can be womenswear or menswear,” he says.”- Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld told Gotham Magazine, speaking of the fashion necessity for many generations.

The Little Black Jacket exhibition featured over 100 black and white photographs of celebs wearing the infamous Chanel jacket- they each had a personalized one. Some of them included SJP (personal FAVE), Kanye West, Tilda Swinton, and many more. Karl Lagerfeld and former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld are the dynamic duo behind this amazing project. Too much fashion and creativity between the both of them- it’s so motivating! The photos from the exhibition will be made into a book which should be coming out this summer- so be on the look out for that!

Designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel first conceived of her infamous black jacket in 1916 as she set to re-imagine the way women should dress.

“Fashion has become a joke…The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape.”- Coco Chanel

The infamous black jacket originated in 1916 by the ever so talented Coco Chanel. In 1936 Chanel started using tweed in her jackets to add more status and glamour. Nowadays owning one can be a bit pricey (around several thousand dollars each) so let’s just admire the beautiful exhibition for now..

Say Yes I will, Yes I can

After an active, bustling day I couldn’t help but think of myself as Superwoman. Coming straight from a relaxing vacation into the hectic real world has surprisingly given me the biggest push that I truly needed. I find myself on a high when I am really busy and have a bunch of things to do. An adrenaline rush that drives me forward to keep striving for more. It’s the encouraging, productive feeling at the end of the day that gives me that extra motivation to do it again tomorrow. Don’t get me wrong, relaxing and sleeping are two of my favorite things to do but lately all I’ve been trying to do is stay on my grind.

 As an independent and strong woman I value the hustle a lot more than other people who have it easy for them. Life has always been testing me to my limits and although sometimes it can be trying I feel blessed that I have made it this far.

 A superwoman, through my eyes, is an effervescent, vibrant, radiating, confident, dynamic woman that knows how to handle her business. It’s important to know that we are all in this together as sister’s and support each other. I am blessed enough to have some of the most amazing ladies as my best friends and an incredible mother. A superwoman grows with her support system because I do believe self-determination has a lot to do with the people we surround ourselves with.

 So, keep radiating that Naturalista Fashionista energy that is within every superwoman!

 

Some of my daily female inspirations that I simply adore:

 



 

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”- Eleanor Roosevelt   

 

“How wonderful is it that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world”- Anne Frank

CHANEL Pre Fall 2012

“We’ve had Paris-London, we’ve had Paris-Shanghai, so it felt like time to go off the circuit, to somewhere less expected,” said Karl Lagerfeld after Tuesday’s Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show, entitled Paris-Bombay. Coco Chanel loved Indian Jewelry and this show represented that passion in the best light. Filled with glamorous jewels and the Chanel classic fabrics that are just so exquisitely made. This collection says so much to me, besides the beautiful and antique pieces of jewelry the signature Chanel suits and pieces represent such class and sophistication. I love the pop of velvet and the deep grey/red/and classic white colors, too. The combined force of the likes of “Lesage”, buttons and jewelry by “Desrues”, metalwork by “Goossens”  flowers of lace, silk, and velvet by “Guillet”, and the newest addition to the stable, announced only yesterday, Montex, another storied Parisian embroiderer, creates this masterpiece of a collection. In the end, what made this collection so intriguing wasn’t an idea of India’s past, but its future.

This is Chanel’s annual love letter to all of the incredible and venerable ateliers whose work allows for this Métiers d’Art collection . – Karl Lagerfeld 

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