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ARTICLE DEREK BLASBERG

PHOTOGRAPHY KARL LAGERFELD

STYLIST CARINE ROITFELD

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MAKEUP PETER PHILIPS FOR CHANEL MAKEUP, EMMANUEL SAMMARTINO  HAIR (FOR DAPHNE, CHARLOTTE, SASKIA) SAM MCKNIGHT  HAIR (FOR DAKOTA) ORLANDO PITA FOR ORLO SALON  HAIR (FOR ELLE) HUGO RAIAH (L'ATELIER 68)  PHOTO ASSISTANTS OLIVIER SAILLANT, BERNWARD SOLLICH, XAVIER ARIAS, FREDRIC DAVID  STYLIST ASSITANTS MICHAELA DOSAMANTES, ANNA SCHIFFEL, AUDREY TAILÉE  RETOUCHING LUDOVIC D'HARDIVILIER

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PHOTOGRAPHY KARL LAGERFELD
FASHION CARINE ROITFELD
TEXT DEREK BLASBERG

IN A MASSIVE, STILL-TO-BE-COMPLETED PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT CELEBRATING THE CLASSIC CHANEL JACKET, KARL LAGERFELD AND CARINE ROITFELD SHOOT SUPERMODELS, SOCIALITES, SISTERS, AND OTHER BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WEARING THE SAME BOXY BLACK TWEED CHANEL STAPLE. IT'S THE ULTIMATE SALUTE TO COCO'S INGENUITY—AND KARL'S CREATIVITY


Chanel has never been short on iconography. inside the house that Coco built live the "2.55" quilted, chain-strap handbags; the original tweed suits; the Gripoix bracelets; and the cap-toe ballet flats, among many other chic essentials. Chanel even has the lock on a numeral, as in No. 5, perhaps the most famous perfume on the planet. 

For a new book, which is still being produced and will hit stores next year, Karl Lagerfeld captures variations on Chanel's most versatile garment: the goes-with-everything, can-be-worn-anywhere black jacket. "Novelty is not always new," Lagerfeld explains. "The secret of the Chanel jacket is that it stays new, or let's say it is revived all the time."

It's  true: Chanel's tweed jackets are seen on the backs of both uptown ladies and downtown club kids. How can something be so sophisticated and, at the same time, so modern? The jacket today crosses many generations and genres of style, and according to Lagerfeld, "It only looks when it 's worn with respect! As Moliè said in The Misanthrope, 'Voyons, monsieur, le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire.' Style has his own fashion."

To illustrate the jacket's eternal quality, Lagerfeld is currently shooting portraits of stylish women (and the occasional gentleman) of many ages and occupations --actors, models, heiresses--and exploring the many different ways the garnment can be styled. "This jacket is a vital and irrational impulse open to creativity and transformation," says the designer. "Especially in the hands of Carine Roitfeld."

The Chanel jacket, an icon of the 20th century, continues to be a garnment of status. And like all good fashion, the jacket embellishes the wearer as the wearer embellishes it. "The pleasure of wearing it must give, I suppose, a kind of happiness, and at the same time, the object itself is beautified." But what is the key to the inexplicable longevity of the piece? According to Lagerfeld, "Transformation is the secret of survival, but never change!"

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MAKEUP PETER PHILIPS FOR CHANEL MAKEUP, EMMANUEL SAMMARTINO  HAIR (FOR DAPHNE, CHARLOTTE, SASKIA) SAM MCKNIGHT  HAIR (FOR DAKOTA) ORLANDO PITA FOR ORLO SALON  HAIR (FOR ELLE) HUGO RAIAH (L'ATELIER 68)  PHOTO ASSISTANTS OLIVIER SAILLANT, BERNWARD SOLLICH, XAVIER ARIAS, FREDRIC DAVID  STYLIST ASSITANTS MICHAELA DOSAMANTES, ANNA SCHIFFEL, AUDREY TAILÉE  RETOUCHING LUDOVIC D'HARDIVILIER

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