Starting with the fall collection, the designer decided to unite his masstige Karl range and the more upscale Karl Lagerfeld Paris line under one label called — you guessed it — Karl Lagerfeld.

It was a smart move, given the flattening of the high and low fashion worlds, and it yielded a better balance between Lagerfeld’s rocker and couture personas. The women’s collection was loaded with feminized Karl-isms: white shirts with contrast collars and trims; slim wool dress coats with pyramid studs on the collar, and lean denim with biker details or done in glossy finishes. Camouflage jeans, actually composed of Lagerfeld’s iconic cameo, underpinned a cool group in army greens, with shirts and dresses trimmed in leather.

The men’s wear was just as succinct: cummerbund pleats jazzing up shirts; panels of quilting on sleek leather blousons, and meaty sweaters festooned with toggle closures.

Shown on racks in Lagerfeld’s new boutique on Boulevard Saint-Germain, the presentation only served to accentuate the clothes’ commercial appeal.

Starting with the fall collection, the designer decided to unite his masstige Karl range and the more upscale Karl Lagerfeld Paris line under one label called — you guessed it — Karl Lagerfeld.


It was a smart move, given the flattening of the high and low fashion worlds, and it yielded a better balance between Lagerfeld’s rocker and couture personas. The women’s collection was loaded with feminized Karl-isms: white shirts with contrast collars and trims; slim wool dress coats with pyramid studs on the collar, and lean denim with biker details or done in glossy finishes. Camouflage jeans, actually composed of Lagerfeld’s iconic cameo, underpinned a cool group in army greens, with shirts and dresses trimmed in leather.

The men’s wear was just as succinct: cummerbund pleats jazzing up shirts; panels of quilting on sleek leather blousons, and meaty sweaters festooned with toggle closures.

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