We adore Coco Chanel. So needless to say, we are anxiously awaiting Karl Lagerfeld’s upcoming book, The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited. For nearly 30 years, Lagerfeld has imbued Coco Chanel’s iconic little black jacket with his signature sense of modernity and rock ‘n roll flair. His latest project is a 232-page visual collaboration with former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld which celebrates the boxy bouclé jacket first introduced in 1954.
The designer told Gotham Magazine, “The jacket has changed [over the years]; we’ve developed it and updated its proportions,” says Lagerfeld. “The model chosen for the book is the most classic one, which is the closest to the original jacket Mademoiselle Chanel created.” He continues, “In a way, Carine is a sort of modern-day Coco,” Lagerfeld says. “She sets a radically different style and tone. Carine’s personality is nothing like Coco Chanel’s, but her image and character can be seen on everything she touches. Like Mademoiselle Chanel, she has inspired other people.” The Little Black Jacket arrives in bookstores August 15.
The Little Black Jacket images are on view June 8 through in New York City at 18 Wooster Street.