Chanel’s “Little Black Jacket” exhibit arrived in China on Tuesday with a lavish party, held in a warehouse space in the 798 art district. Styled by Karl Lagerfeld and former Vogue Paris editrix Carine Roitfeld, the portraits feature celebrities styled in the house’s iconic Little Black Jacket. These portraits served as the backdrop to the opening night party for more than 1,000 people.
Beijing and Shanghai are the 13th and 14th global cities to host the exhibit. For China, Lagerfeld added 21 new portraits to the series, including seven Chinese celebrities. The Beijing opening, staged in one of the 798 art district’s industrial warehouse spaces, also marked the debut of the second edition of the book, which includes the new portraits.
“Chanel is about luxury, it’s about creativity,” Bruno Pavlovsky Chanel’s Head of Global Fashion said. “What we want…is for people to visit our boutiques and find out what we are about. We are not an accessory brand; we are a fashion house.”