Just when you think you know Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld does something like the new “Mademoiselle Privé” exhibition and turns one’s predispositions of the house completely upside down. Proving that the iconic French house need not stick to a certain style—or even exhibit in France—the new show presents the house’s legendary Haute Couture collections, re-editions of the 1932 “Bijoux de Diamants” jewelry, and a series of portraits of Chanel muses like Lily-Rose Depp, Vanessa Paradis, Kristen Stewart, and Julianne Moore all taken by Lagerfeld in Gabrielle Chanel’s Paris apartment. Held at London’s Saatchi gallery, the show begins in a contemporary English garden meant to symbolize Chanel’s life and takes visitors on a journey through the house’s creativity and craftsmanship. Exiting through the gift shop is a must for this show.
Mademoiselle Privé is on view now through November 1st at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London.