I recently went to the movies, where I watched a movie that I don’t recommend, A lady in Paris, but whose main character is a funny old lady dressed head to toe in Chanel. Her elegance made me think about those clothing items that can be worn by people of all ages and can confer class and charme, no matter who wears them (let’s bear in mind, though, that some people are born tacky and there is no Hermès or Céline that can save them from their misery).
Of course, the Chanel jacket is one of those items, as the book “The little black jacket” demonstrates. Highly wanted by Karl Lagerfeld, here as a photographer, and Carine Roitfeld, playing stylist, the book showcases an array of celebrities of all ages and sex, playing the jacket and adapting it to their personal style, whether it be punk, preppy, rock, easy chic, as well as classic (it goes perfectly with three strands of pearls, two symmetrical bangles and a camelia).
The jacket was created by Mademoiselle in 1954, when she reopened her boutique in Paris, and originates from the same idea that had so far animated every Chanel’s creation: liberating women from constrictions, guarantee freedom of movement with item that would be chic, elegant, simple, comfortable and practical at the same time. The jacket provides a good example, it’s linear and straight, has four spacious pockets, wide sleeves to move easily, and it’s elegant but not stuffy. It may have 60 years, but it’s an item we never grow tired of and has the same charme it had when it was originally designed.
I have been in the quest for the perfect Chanel jacket for the last couple of years, who knows, maybe next season I should be so lucky! In the meantime, let’s dream together of this object of desire, with a few images that I hope will be of inspiration on how to pair it. After all, isn’t attitude what fashion is all about?