Minimalism, menswear-inspired, casual. These are not words one frequently associates with Chanel, yet these were the maxims upon which the house’s most iconic piece was based: the tweed jacket. Coveted by demure grandmothers, their hip young granddaughters and every fashion-minded female in between, Coco Chanel introduced the infamous item in 1954, a time when women everywhere had the utterly absurd desire to wear clothes they could move and breathe in.
The beloved house’s fourth chapter in its film series, Inside Chanel, chronicles the history of the Chanel jacket from its beginnings as one half of the ubiquitous Chanel suit to its bold, unexpected reinventions under the direction of Mr. Karl Lagerfeld. Already the subject of a coffee table book executed by the Lagerfeld/Roitfeld dream team featuring over one hundred famous Chanel enthusiasts donning the classic piece, there is no question the Chanel jacket will persevere as a luxurious staple for years to come. Karl put it best himself: “There are things in fashion that never go out of style; jeans, a white shirt and the Chanel jacket.”