It must be nice to be Karl Lagerfeld, shuttling back and forth between Chanel couture and Macy’s without anyone questioning his “brand integrity.” But while the ponytailed potentate has enjoyed unbridled success with Chanel and Fendi, the designer has yet to make a statement with his own illustrious moniker. It’s one of fashion’s big no-brainers, yet his former Karl Lagerfeld line never gained much traction.
That may change now that Lagerfeld has announced a pair of women’s collections for spring. Karl Lagerfeld Paris, the higher-priced of the two (€300 to 2,500), will debut on January 25, produced by Italy’s Itteirre SpA, ironically known for lesser-priced diffusion lines like Pierre Balmain and C’N’C Costume National. If Lagerfeld’s prior eponymous foray is any indication, expect to see crisp white shirts with oversized collars, tuxedo styling, and maybe, if we’re lucky, a fur helmet or two.
Meanwhile the Karl line will range from €60 to 300 for silvery jeans, fingerless gloves, and backless dresses that will be produced in-house and sold mostly online, starting with an exclusive partnership with Net-a-Porter, before becoming available on Karllagerfeld.com from February 28.