Rife with leather, detachable collars, and camo prints, Karl Lagerfeld's second Karl collection launched on Net-a-Porter today. Like his first lower-priced wares, these deliver the same quintessentially Lagerfeld feel — sophisticated and luxe, albeit with Karl's irreverent twist (like the designer's signature gloves to finish every ensemble). And, just like his last collection, you can nab these Fall-ready styles for about $85 to $1,045 (save for a few exclusive confections that are priced between $2,000 to $6,000). When we say "Fall-ready" we mean it; with a lineup of leather pants, vests, jackets, skirts, and even a slick leather dress, plus covetable add-ons like embellished collars, and even printed knits, it's hard to choose favorites, but we've narrowed it down to seven pieces to shop right now — the only thing missing? Maybe a Choupette-printed t-shirt.
>> Karl mania has officially hit. The lines for the pop-up shops in New York, Paris, London, Sydney, and Berlin are snaking out the doors — and the collection is finally available for purchase on Net-A-Porter. Here's a look at the entire Karl lookbook, which hit Vogue UK and The Cut today and features over 70 pieces — including pants, sweatshirts, skirts, shirts, dresses, t-shirts, shoes, and bags — in Lagerfeld's signature black, white, gray, silver, burgundy, and pink. Prices range from $50 to over $1,000.
Now, you can shop and check out the complete KARL by Karl Lagerfeld 70-piece collection; in fact, we even styled up some of our favorite items into one model-worthy look for your early bird perusal. But before you get right into the action, here's what you need to know. Lagerfeld's newest line, aptly titled "Karl" will be available exclusively on Net-A-Porter today at 10:30 a.m. EST. If that weren't exciting enough, you should know that this covetable lineup of goodies falls under "affordable luxury," with prices ranging from $35 to $1350. We spotted sleek leather moto-inspired jackets, silver-metallic infused blazers, athletic-minded vests, and ultra tailored silhouettes. Keep reading for our Karl highlights then click through to see the complete lookbook. Also, let us know what you think of our FabSugar-styled look!
- No Karl line would be complete without Lagerfeld's distinctive touch. You'll find the designer's profile subtly emblazoned onto a metal jacket button or pant leg.
- We're crushing on the chic assortment of accessories. You'll be treated to a plethora of must-have detachable collars, and for all our shoe lovers out there, Karl does not disappoint with his Spring '12 offerings.
- Be on the lookout for a snakeskin-textured leather jacket. It's the perfect combination of biker chick-meets-sophisticated lady and we can already think of a handful of ways to pair it with feminine separates and edgier dresses.
Photos courtesy of KARL at NET-A-PORTER.COM
>> We've seen a video teaser of Karl Lagerfeld's upcoming lower-priced Karl line, now, a few more looks — and details — have been released.
The collection, which launches Jan. 25 exclusively on Net-a-Porter for the Spring 2012 season, includes over 70 pieces (including pants, sweatshirts, skirts, shirts, dresses, t-shirts, shoes, and bags) in black, white, gray, silver, burgundy, and pink. Prices range from $50 for a canvas bag embellished with a cameo of Karl Lagerfeld's profile to over $1,000 for some of the leather pieces.
A few more detailed descriptions from the press release:
- A sleeveless leather jacket is contrasted with a dress adorned with zippers.
- A classic white shirt comes with a double-bib front in black coated cotton, and there are shirts with layered swimmer-back cuts.
- Sportswear elements are evident, with some pieces boasting vinyl sleeves, athletic-inspired shorts, and rubber patches stamped with Karl's logo, reminiscent of a boxer's belt.
- Also featured are shorts in heavy cotton with a buttoned fly and zippers on the thighs, as well as black wool pants with tuxedo stripes.
- T-shirt dresses are draped in metallic-silk or cotton jersey, and there are also leather skirts, round-collar silk blouses, plunging zippered necklines on the back of short dresses, detachable collars, sequined skirts and dresses.
>> Karl Lagerfeld's new masstige Karl range will be available to buy exclusively from Net-a-Porter on Jan. 25, Natalie Massenet revealed this morning at the LeWeb conference in Paris.
Lagerfeld, also in attendance at the conference, previewed a video clip of the range — prices start at £150 (approx. $234) for a jacket — which can be seen below. He also talked about being "obsessed" with Apple, saying that he uses one of his several iPads to create videos — he filmed four web-only advertisements for Chanel last week — and to sketch out designs and ideas. To demonstrate, he showed the audience a sketch he did of Steve Jobs that morning, and then sketched himself on the iPad — the latter can be seen here.
>> Karl Lagerfeld, who stopped showing his signature collection on the runway in September 2010, will be back in January with two new signature lines.
Karl, an 100-piece masstige women's line priced at about 60 to 300 euros ($95 to $450), and the higher-end Karl Lagerfeld Paris line — priced 300 euros to about 2,500 euros ($411 to $3,425) — will both be introduced on Jan. 25 during Paris Couture Week. The Karl line will then make its debut exclusively on Net-a-Porter, with sales on KarlLagerfeld.com starting Feb. 28, while Karl Lagerfeld Paris will first be sold for Fall 2012.
Of the relaunch, Lagerfeld says: "I just want not too expensive clothes that people may like and perhaps want to wear. That was my concept for a long time, but my business partners in the past wanted to be like Chanel or Fendi without putting behind what is needed to be like that ... Now I am feeling we are ready for the right job — the way to do things right in a modern, unusual way.”
The Karl line boasts a "street" and "rock" attitude, according to Pier Paolo Righi, the new president of Karl Lagerfeld, and is mainly targeted at women in their late teens and early 20s. It is rife with denim and leather, silvery jeans, and black cocktail dresses with plunging backs. The tags show Lagerfeld's profile, complete with sunglasses and ponytail, embedded in a K.