Karl Lagerfeld jets in to London to open Chanels Little Black Jacket exhibition … and takes a swipe at Samantha Cameron"s style

Karl Lagerfeld jets in to London to open Chanel’s Little Black Jacket exhibition … and takes a swipe at Samantha Cameron's style

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17:18 GMT, 12 October 2012

Chanel's Little Black Jacket exhibition landed in London last night and in true Parisian style, it was one chic affair.

The style classic that Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel put on the fashion map in the early twentieth century, has been reinvented throughout the years by legendary Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and the exhibition is a showcase of the Little Black Jacket in all it's glory.

The global exhibition, which is taking in nine cities, opened at Charles Saatchi's gallery last night and the label's A-list fans were out in well-dressed force.

Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld came along to open his latest project: The Little Black Jacket exhibition at Charles Saatchi's gallery

Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld came along to open his latest project: The Little Black Jacket exhibition at Charles Saatchi's gallery

Curated by Karl Lagerfeld and Harper's Bazaar's global fashion director Carine Roitfeld, the exhibition shows 113 photographs of celebrities and fashionistas (from Lilly Allen to Alexa Chung) donning the jacket Chanel first designed during the First World War.

Hip-length and boxy in style, the
Chanel LBJ was originally launched in 1954 when it was radically
different from the nipped-in shape of the Dior jackets popular at the
time.

Portia Freeman attended the preview

Portia Freeman attended the preview

Kaya Scodelario dazzled in gold

Kaya Scodelario dazzled in gold

Amanda Harlech was a vision in white

Amanda Harlech was a vision in white

Poppy Delevingne and Keira Knightley stole the show in their glamorous attire- Keira is a long-time fan and face of the brand

Poppy Delevingne and Keira Knightley stole the show in their glamorous attire- Keira is a long-time fan and face of the brand

Poppy Delevingne and Keira Knightley stole the show in their glamorous attire- Keira is a long-time fan and face of the brand

Chanel’s woman was modern and emancipated and the style reflected this.

Her versatile tweed, braid-trimmed,
silk-lined jacket sat just-so on the body, the bottom hem weighed down
with a thin brass chain.

Variations on the same design are shown
each season and sell for thousands, couture versions are still made at
the fashion house’s atelier on Paris’ Rue Cambon.

Originally launched in 1954, the Classic jacket has evolved through the years

Originally launched in 1954, the Classic jacket has evolved through the years

Originally launched in 1954, the Classic jacket has evolved through the years

'The jacket I photographed is the most
classic one,’ Lagerfeld explains. ‘The closest to the original one
Mademoiselle Chanel created.'

From Lily Allen donning a cape to a
draped look on model Stella Tennant, or even transformed into a vest on
model Edie Campbell, each photo reflects the individual style of each
woman.

BITCHY KARL SLAMS SAMCAM

The King of Chanel has slammed yet another British fashion icon

The King of Chanel has slammed yet another British fashion icon

Being the former creative director
for a luxury leather goods brand Smythson and ambassador to the British
Fashion Council, it's no surprise Samantha Cameron takes her role as
first lady of fashion extremely seriously.

But somebody isn't impressed.

Karl Lagerfeld- who
previously suggested Pippa Middleton should not show her face – was also
unsure about the fashion credentials of David Cameron's wife Samantha.

He said: 'In France, the image of Mrs. Cameron is unknown.'

The German-born designer also added that he thinks being overweight is 'much more dangerous' than being underweight.

The controversial designer believes no one in fashion would want to work with a girl who is anorexic and he worries about people who eat junk food more than those who under-eat.

He told Channel 4 News: 'Nobody works with anorexic girls, that's nothing to do with fashion.

'There are less than one per cent of anorexic girls, but there more than 30 per cent of girls in France, – I don't know about England – that are much, much overweight. And it is much more dangerous and very bad for the health.

'So I think today with the junk food in front of the TV it's something dangerous for the health of the girl.'

'The Little Black
Jacket: CHANEL's classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine
Roitfeld,' will be available worldwide in bookshops this autumn.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 12th October to Sunday 28th October 2012.