Last week, my gorgeous mother came up to London to spend the day with me. We had breakfast in my favourite place, Richoux in St Johns Wood and then caught the Tube to Sloane Square.
We followed our noses to the food market outside the Saatchi Gallery and tried a few tasty treats like Reindeer (I promise it wasn’t Rudolph) and boar. When the cold got too much, we took shelter in the Gallery and found ourselves amongst countless excited fashion fans at the CHANEL: Little Black Jacket exhibition.
So, I know you may have seen me slumming it in the same travelling clothes for a while, BUT I am in fact a bit of a fan of fashion and a shameless shopaholic.
The exhibition is showing at the Gallery until the 4th November, so if you want to see it you need to hurry! The photographic exhibition is dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book, ‘The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’. It celebrates the timeless classic that is the LBJ by CHANEL and shows the versatility of the garment when worn by different famous personalities. Karl Lagerfeld, being the genius that he is, shot all the photos in the exhibition. CHANEL’s Bond Street, Sloane Street and Brompton Cross boutiques will all present a selection of jackets, from the latest collections, in their window displays to run simultaneously with the exhibition in celebration.
If you don’t get a chance to pop over to see the exhibition for yourself, I took a few snaps so you don’t miss out!
One of the best parts about the exhibition is that you can take home one of three prints from the exhibition.
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day, the Saatchi Gallery are also playing host to Jon Rafman’s exhibition ‘The nine eyes of Google Street View’.
I have never been to a photography exhibition that can draw out so many different emotions; one minute your laughing, the next completely horrified at what you’re seeing, at the same time in awe. Montreal-based photographer Jon Rafman started collecting images from the site a year after it was launched in 2008. The images he produced are all accidents and incidents never intended for the public, some prints are arguably better than any some photographers could ever hope for.
This exhibition will also only be on until the fourth so please, please, go and see it if you can! I thought it would be fun to have a look to see what I could find on street view, I ‘googled’ my house to see if there was anything interesting, funnily enough you can clearly see my neighbour chatting away to the hedge cutter.
Google yours, see what you find!
I’ll leave you with my favourite exhibition in the Saatchi Gallery, 20:50 by Richard Wilson. The installation was first made in 1987 and has been a permanent installation at the Saachi Gallery since it opened its doors. Made of sump oil and steel.