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Karl Lagerfeld’s Little Black Jacket: Fabulous & Free

November 8, 2012
Few things that are trendy or made by Karl Lagerfeld come cheepy. Which is why The Little Black Jacket, a photograph exhibition of Chanel’s classic black jacket revisited by Karl Lagerfeld, is an absolute must-see!
Showcased at the ever popular Saatchi Gallery, where all exhibitions are free to the public, The Little Black Jacket, is a four room collection of Karl Lagerfeld’s personal photographs. 
Inside the exhibition, portraits of the rich and famous clad in Chanel’s classic black jacket, line the Saatchi Gallery walls. If this doesn’t make Chanel look cooler than ever then I don’t know what will. 
The exhibition was busy to put it mildly, and I loved how some visitors even wore their own Chanel in tribute!
Upon entry I realised that Karl has a pretty sweet rolodex of A-listers up his Chanel sleeves. Who knows how long he has been throwing the Chanel black jacket on his pals and documenting their poses, but his line-up included:
Clémence Poésy
Georgia May Jagger
Alexa Chung
Edie Campbell
Tilda Swinton
Claudia Schiffer
Dakota Fanning
Kanye West
Elizabeth Olsen
Uma Thurman
Sarah Jessica Parker
Anna Wintour
Vanessa Paradis
Kirsten Dunst
Linda Evangelista

Daphne Guinness
Milla Jovovich
Elle Fanning

I was surprised not to see portraits of Karl’s recent muses, Blake Lively, Kate Moss, and Diane Kruger. But, as I waited my turn to see every picture in the exhibition…

… there were a lot of pretty faces I wasn’t so familiar with. 
One of my favourite parts of the exhibition was the gallery with four massive coloured blow up images zoomed up close and personal. Just when you wanted a second peek at Aymeline Valade’s twin peaks, boom, there they were in bright yellow!
A very cool perk of The Little Black Jacket is that Chanel gives visitors three complimentary posters (different ones in each city that hosts the exhibition). There was a line from one gallery to another of people waiting to receive their free Chanel posters – like I said, it isn’t every day you get something from Chanel for free right?!
Chanel has also produced a really nice coffee table book of The Little Black Jacket exhibition, just in case you want to savour these pictures forever – or you could just read my blog (don’t tell Karl!).
Now for the bad news, sigh, the exhibition is now over in London and back on the road. Hopefully The Little Black Jacket is heading to a city near you. See here for the exhibition’s schedule. 

Thanks for the exhibition Karl and for my cool new Chanel posters, which have added some Little Black Jacket chic to my flat!
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Festival Exclusive: Pack Your Attitude We’re Off To Latitude

July 17, 2012
I now know why UK music festivals are a summer highlight, rain or shine, after a weekend at Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Suffolk, with 35,000 other festival goers.
At California’s Coachella festival, all you need is sandals, a Cali cool summer outfit, and binoculars to check out all the gorgeous people. Contrastingly, at Latitude, you need wellies for the very thick and gooey mud, a waterproof jacket (rather than water-resistant as learned by yours truly), shades just in case the sun comes out, and a refreshing beverage in your hand.

3 girls, 5 pints, 6 wellies

For the real festival experience, make sure you have a VIP backstage pass (duh), so you can fist pump and strike a pose with headliner Lana Del Ray.

My buddy George teaching his muse, Lana, some new moves

You will also need bundles of Red Bull infused energy because at Latitude there is a LOT of ground to cover.

Latitude from altitude
Most festival goers camp out with the crowds – in style like this VIP tent below – ideally, not near a mud patch, which might turn into a mud lake by the end of the festival.
If you haven’t had the chance to go, you should know that Latitude lives up to its motto and is truly “more than just a music festival” – really. No matter what you fancy experiencing at a festival, Latitude has something to whet your appetite. From elaborate sand sculptures…
 … to psychedelic statues made from trees…
New accessory for your garden?

… and live rock balancing. Who knew this geological vocation existed, right?

Funky coloured sheep are sure to catch your eye as they say ‘baaaaaa’ and flock to the beat at Latitude.
I have to admit, I was a big fan of the sheep and had to pay them several visits during the festivities.
Festival chic. Festival sheep.
If you are tired of walking, why not chill out in a punt from Cambridge, and drift around the Henham Park lake?
 
For those less mature adults, or if you are festivaling with your kids, then I highly recommend the bubble tent. I’ve never seen such amazing bubbles before!
Fashionable festival fillies who forget a much-needed festival accessory don’t need to fret, because there are multiple pop-up shops selling bright beads, funky face paint, stylish kaftans, and flower crowns. I’ve decided festivals are one of the only circumstances when tie-dye is somewhat appropriate… but don’t get too carried away!
Stand out in the crowd with bright accessories & floral crowns
A full day of dancing to music and walking the grounds of Latitude is sure to make you work up an appetite. Although I do admit to visiting Kebabylon for a much needed kebab in the wee hours, I would highly recommend trying the ostrich burger stand, which was delicious.
Ostrich burgers: Healthy & yummy festival fuel!
It goes without saying that the real reason you go to Latitude is for the music! Take a look at this year’s line-up here. Seeing Lang Lang work his magic on the piano at the Waterfront Stage was truly incredible.
Nearby the Waterfront Stage is the Magical Lake, which is where the amazing Latitude water projection show is displayed at night. Feast your eyes on one of these floating apparitions above the lake, in my home-made video below.
There are so many different types of shows and artists at Latitude that it is hard for me to pinpoint my favourite performance. I think one of my fondest memories from the weekend was dancing at the Lake Stage to Moshi Moshi DJ with excellent company, as it started to bucket down with rain.
It was at this moment that I saw the crowd in their finest festival form – singing, dancing, and laughing… while gradually getting drenched in the pouring rain.