PARIS — Is Karl Lagerfeld the busiest designer this couture week? Of course he is.

In addition to his back-to-back couture shows for Chanel on Tuesday, he’s gearing up for his long-awaited thrust into masstige on Wednesday, when his new Karl collection goes on sale exclusively on

And on Friday, writing appointments will start here for his new Karl Lagerfeld Paris collection, licensed to Italy’s Ittierre, in which he gives a more luxurious spin on his graphic style. Karl Lagerfeld president Pier Paolo Righi described the 300-piece Paris line, priced to retail from $300 to $2,500, as having an “advanced contemporary” edge rather than being a classic designer collection. For the first season, the company is targeting about 50 to 60 doors in Europe, and about a dozen or so in America, he noted.

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