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 Net-a-porter.com.

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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