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Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition in Paris

If you’re in Paris this weekend, I recommend you head to Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition at the Grand Palais. After gracing the galleries of Tokyo, New York City, Taipei, Hong Kong, London, Moscow and Sydney, the exhibition has finally made it to Chanel’s birthplace.

What does the little black jacket mean to you? The piece was created by Coco Chanel in 1954 and has never ceased to be reinvented. Originally designed to be worn with a matching skirt as a suit, the iconic item is now famous for its versatility as the pictures of the exhibition can testify. Karl Lagerfeld likens it to a jean or a T-shirt. Like a little black dress, the timeless little black jacket is a wardrobe staple. It is actually Chanel’s most-sold ready-to-wear item.

There is an interesting short video on how the Chanel jacket is made here on the exhibition’s website. Aren’t you dying to get one now?

Karl Lagerfeld photographed more than a 100 celebrities of both sexes and all ages wearing the jacket styled by Carine Roitfeld. The resulting pictures are published in a book by Steidl that has sold over 100,000 units so far.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures. Which one do you like best?

Jane carrying a Birkin and her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg next to… guess who?

Karl Lagerfeld took one single picture of Laetitia Casta for this shoot. By the way, did you see the editorial he made with her and his infamous cat Choupette?

French actress and director Maiwenn Le Besco is the face of Chanel’s current eyewear campaign.

The portrait of Micheline Chaban-Delmas, the widow of a former French Prime Minister, is one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favorites. It struck me for her elegance.

Inès de la Fressange and her teenage daughter Violette d’Urso below

This is Virginie Viard, the woman who makes the magic happen in Lagerfeld’s shadow as Chanel’s studio director. Free posters were given away at the exhibition and it’s the picture I chose to maybe one day hang in my Parisian apartment.

If you like this post, you might enjoy this one about a past exhibition of Karl Lagerfeld’s photography.

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Ladurée and Carine Roitfeld Barneys windows at Fashion’s Night Out New York

On the very first Fashion’s Night Out I was still living in Paris and went by avenue Montaigne to see what it was all about. Alas, the atmosphere was so dreadfully snobbish I bailed out. See, this is the thing that I love about New York: such events are much more accessible, you can easily mingle with people you admire and in this case they take place all over the city, not in one street only. And FNO was also a good excuse to visit to the newly-opened first-ever Ladurée store in the USA!

As soon as I got out of the office I headed towards Saks Fifth Avenue hoping I could meet actress Tilda Swinton. Instead, I saw three of the gorgeous women representing Estée Lauder: French model Constance Jablonski, Liu Wen and Joan Smalls.

I then walked up 5th Avenue to see the new Louis Vuitton windows: the maids from the fall-winter 2011 show have replaced my beloved ostriches. To get over it, I indulged in an exquisite glass of wine at the Caudalie Spa.

Next stop: the Calvin Klein store on Madison Avenue. I was looking at pictures of the brand’s face Lara Stone when I noticed her standing right next to me. Imagine my surprise! Her shy demeanor and sweet smile contrasted deeply with the femme fatale she usually embodies.

Further up on Madison, Barneys had finally revealed their new windows celebrating Carine’s World, their collaboration with Carine Roitfeld. No clothing to be found here, only videos by Mario Sorrenti in which the ex-Vogue Paris editor in chief is seen talking (barely audibly) about her career and walking through Paris. Quite disappointing really.

One ice tea at Chanel and one dance competition at Lanvin later, I arrived at my secret destination of the night: Ladurée! Located on Madison Avenue between 70th and 71st Streets, it is next to the highly-awaited future Céline store.

You have no idea how happy I was to find this little bit of Paris in New York. The ribbons, pastel colors, little boxes and the retro refined charm of the place took me back to the French city in a heartbeat.

The store only sells macarons and none of the gorgeous pastries I showed you here. But I forgive Ladurée: their New-York macarons are absolutely divine. They melt in your mouth and their subtle taste is enchanting. I found them even better than in France and than my usual favorite Pierre Hermé! The cinnamon-raisin macaron that was created specially for Fashion’s Night Out was particularly exquisite. A second Ladurée store with a restaurant should open in New York by April 2012 in Soho.

I shared my first Ladurée macarons from New York with my friend Sarah from Style on the Couch over dinner at her East Village apartment. The perfect way to end the night! And you, how did you celebrate Fashion’s Night Out?

Picture from @StyleOnTheCouch

J’étais passée avenue Montaigne pour la toute première édition de la Fashion’s Night Out. Hélas, l’atmosphère snobissime m’avait fait fuir. A New York, je n’ai pas du tout eu ce sentiment : des événements beaucoup plus « accessibles » se déroulaient dans toute la ville. Et cette nuit était l’occasion de me rendre au premier magasin Ladurée des Etats-Unis tout fraîchement ouvert !

Dès ma sortie du bureau je suis allée au grand magasin Saks 5th Avenue dans l’espoir de rencontrer l’actrice Tilda Swinton. A la place j’ai vu les égéries de la marque Estée Lauder : le mannequin français Constance Jablonski avec ses compères Liu Wen et Joan Smalls. J’ai ensuite remonté la 5e Avenue pour voir les nouvelles vitrines Vuitton : les bonnes du défilé automne-hiver 2011 ont remplacé mes autruches adorées. Pour me remettre de mon chagrin, j’ai savouré un verre de vin exquis au spa Caudalie du Plaza. Etape suivante : la boutique Calvin Klein de Madison Avenue qui met à l’honneur son égérie Lara Stone. Quelle ne fut pas ma surprise de la retrouver en chair et en os juste à côté de moi ! Son air intimidé et son beau sourire contrastaient avec son image de femme fatale.

Un peu plus haut sur l’avenue, Barneys avait enfin mis en vitrine sa collaboration avec Carine Roitfeld. Aucun vêtement n’y figure, juste des installations vidéo comme cet étrange appareil montrant l’ex-rédactrice en chef de Vogue Paris parler de sa carrière et déambuler dans Paris. Assez décevant en fait.

Un thé glacé chez Chanel et un concours de danse chez Lanvin plus tard, je me retrouvais au but secret de ma soirée : le tout nouveau magasin Ladurée ! Située sur Madison Avenue entre la 70e et la 71ème rue, il est voisin de la future boutique Céline. Quel bonheur de retrouver ce petit bout de Paris à New York ! Les rubans, les couleurs pastelles, les petites boîtes et le charme rétro et raffiné de la maison me ramènent tout de suite à la Ville des Lumières. La boutique ne vend que des macarons et pas les magnifiques pâtisseries que je vous avais montrées ici. Mais je pardonne Ladurée : les macarons new-yorkais sont absolument di-vins. Ils fondent dans la bouche et leur goût subtil m’enchante. Ils sont encore meilleurs qu’en France et que chez mon chouchou Pierre Hermé ! Le macaron cannelle-raisin créé tout spécialement pour la Fashion’s Night Out était particulièrement exquis. Une deuxième boutique avec restaurant devrait ouvrir à New York en avril 2012 dans le quartier de Soho. J’ai partagé mes premiers macarons Ladurée de New York avec mon amie Sarah de Style on the Couch lors d’un dîner improvisé dans son appartement du East Village. La parfaite conclusion à cette soirée ! Et vous, comment avez-vous fêté la Fashion’s Night Out ?

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