Fashionistas join forces to celebrate “The Little Black Jacket” event in NYC

Linda Evangelista joined Karl Lagerfeld to launch the designer´s “The Little Black Jacket,” event at the Swiss Institute in New York City on Wednesday night.

The supermodel, Canadian-born Evangelista, paired a draped cream skirt and a black blazer with Chanel´s classic ballerina flats. She went for the more androgynous look which seemed to suit her well while artistic director of Chanel, Lagerfeld, 78, went for the opposite look pairing a cream blazer with a black shirt, tie and pants and of course his trademark sunglasses, fingerless gloves and ponytail remained the mainstay of his fashion ensemble.

The style set and models from around the world were also out in force to show support for the event. Dree Hemingway, Zoe Kravitz , Penn Badgely, Joan Smalls, Rinko Kikuchi and Eva Herzigova were just some of the names in the fashion and entertainment industry who joined Karl Lagerfeld for the launch of the exhibition of photography by the famous designer. The world traveling exhibition will feature 120 striking black-and-white photographs of friends he took ranging from Sarah Jessica Parker, Kanye West and Yoko Ono all wearing Chanel´s iconic jacket in different ways. The new exhibition will be open to the public from June 8th to June 15th in fashionable Soho district in Manhattan.

The French designer is currently working on the launch of an up-coming book, “The Little Black Jacket: Chanel´s Classic Revisited,” co-authored by former Paris Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld. The “Little Black Jacket” takes it name from a Steidl book of the same name. The title refers to Chanel´s iconic black tweed jacket. They have taken a simple jacket with four pockets and created 120 different versions. When asked if the concept for the book was the result of a brainstorming session, Mr Lagerfeld had this to say, “There was so much storm that I don´t remember whose brain it was.” There are models, actresses, film directors and fashion designers wearing the LBJ in different ways.

Now, that is creativity folks.

T. J. Mueller