PARIS — In the K-riddled parlance of Karl Lagerfeld’s brand book, the Kountdown has begun to the designer’s launch into the burgeoning masstige category.
The designer has leaked the first image of his new Karl collection, slated to debut exclusively on the e-tail site Net-a-porter on Jan. 25 and on karllagerfeld.com the month after. The image shows Dutch model Saskia de Brauw in slim black pants, a silvery blouse and a sleeveless leather motorcycle vest, styled à la Lagerfeld with a detachable shirt collar and fingerless leather gloves.
Press materials for the line laud it as “ironiK, artistiK, aKcessible,” with graphic silhouettes and rock ’n’ roll accents of vinyl, rubber, leather and sequins. Styles include draped T-shirt dresses, silk blouses, hooded sweatshirts, short dresses and capri pants.
A sentence appearing on detachable leather collars is said to sum up the spirit of the line: “I only wear the latest thing, it’s my job.”
Holli Rogers, buying director at Net-a-porter, lauded the brand’s “effortless cool” and “fantastic price points.”
As reported, the debut women’s line — priced to retail from about 60 to 300 euros, or $95 to $450 at current exchange rates — will be unveiled in its entirety during a launch event during Paris Couture Week on Jan. 25. (Leather pieces are priced higher, running up to about 1,000 euros, or $1,340.)
At the same time, the designer plans to unveil to retailers a new signature collection, Karl Lagerfeld Paris, to be produced and distributed under a licensing pact with Italy’s Ittierre SpA, with first deliveries for the fall-winter 2012 season.
The Lagerfeld company, controlled by private equity firm Apax Partners, is also said to be exploring partnerships for new product categories and regions, including fast-growing China.
According to market sources, the company has held conversations with Veronica Chou, daughter of Silas Chou, about helping Lagerfeld find and set up a partnership for China.
Veronica Chou is president of Iconix China, which markets brands such as Badgley Mischka, Rampage and London Fog in China.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion