Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

ICEBERG COMEBACK: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is staging a comeback to Iceberg with a capsule collection. The French designer unveiled “Iceberg Icons,” a women’s wear capsule line for the Italian label on Wednesday, the second day of Paris Fashion Week. De Castelbajac was Iceberg’s first creative director, from 1976 to 1987.

The preview was presented at La Hune in Saint Germain des Près on the occasion of his signature of “Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Fashion, Art & Rock ’n’ Roll,” published by German publisher teNeues in collaboration with YellowKorner.

The playful collection with an airy feel is composed of 30 pieces. “I was inspired by terraces of the cafés in Paris, the stripes of the blinds…,” the designer said about his collection, whose pieces are festooned with such words as “kisses.” It will be available in Iceberg’s stores and distributed through selected specialty stores internationally starting from February 2017.

The new tie-up is in line with a “wider project of partnerships implemented by the company as part of its new creative strategy,” Iceberg said. The brand that recently appointed James Long as the new creative director of women’s presented its women’s spring collection to buyers during Milan Fashion Week.

Meanwhile, “Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Fashion, Art & Rock ’n’ Roll” has a portion dedicated to Iceberg. It also includes a visual featuring Andy Warhol on an advertising campaign shot by Oliviero Toscani in the Eighties for Iceberg, a photo of Katy Perry in 2009 wearing the President Obama dress from the “JC in the Sky With Diamonds” collection at the MTV Music Awards and a shot of Beyoncé Knowles in Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” music video. In it, Knowles is wearing a jacket and shoes from the “Pirates, Parrots and Paradise” collection from spring 2010. The tome is priced at $95.

Up next, de Castelbajac is to cohost the launch of Aicanon, a new label of gold plated jewelry inspired by spirit Japanese forms and lines. The collection will be on view on Tuesday in Paris’ 8th arrondissement.