We got to preview the collection yesterday and it’s both very Karl and very wearable. Prices range from $25 for a tote to around $1300 for a leather biker jacket. The collection has a tough masculine Karl-esque edge with lots of cropped leather biker jackets and vests on the higher priced end, and a relaxed almost Alexander Wang-feeling set of more athletic-inspired pieces on the lower end, including soft tees printed with Karl’s face and boxing shorts complete with a giant ‘Karl’ logo as a faux belt buckle. Of course, this is still Karl Lagerfeld, so there is glamour, too, in the way of sequined shorts, leggings and a high-waisted skirts, a silvery blouse, and roughed up cracked silver denim. The color range is unsurprisingly limited–everything is black and white and silver with one dash of pastel pink on a denim vest.
During the preview, the lovely Net-a-Porter team had a model handy so I could play real life Barbie and style her in the line. You can see our efforts above. I was smitten with those boxing shorts.
With all the hype Net-a-Porter has been building for Karl, it follows that they’re promoting the actual launch in a major way. Nevermind that the e-commerce site has no brick-and-mortar counterpart–they’re unveiling the collection at pop-up shops around the world in Paris, New York, London, Berlin and Sydney. The New York Karl pop-up opens Wednesday January 25 at 10.30am at 375 Bleecker Street. The first 50 to the store will receive a Karl goodie bag complete with a
kollar collar or fingerless gloves. Will you be lining up?
Click through for more images from the line (including one h-to-t look we spotted on Vogue UK’s #todayimwearing Twitter).