Mascot of the Karl Lagerfeld label, and arguably the fashion world’s most famous house pet, Choupette looks adorable in a pixelated photo looking over the shoulder of her master, immediately identifiable by his white ponytail. The image is plastered on a white sweatshirt that looks cute tucked into a short black pencil skirt.
But for once, chic trumped Choupette as the designer steered his fall collection in a more soigné direction, loading it up with neo tuxedos and architectural cocktail dresses with strong shoulders and zippered details.
Zipper teeth edged the bib front of a tuxedo shirt, adding a tinge of rock ’n’ roll, while zippered waists rendered transformable coats, jackets and dresses. (Lower panels could be zipped off or left to dangle.) Metallic tweeds and black chiffon — used to top a jumpsuit — also heightened the after-five vibe.
Yet this is a collection that does not take itself too seriously. Cue the metallic brocades splattered with Pop Art-inspired Karl logos and minaudière’s signed liked postcards, “With love from Karl.”
There are still big helpings of Choupette, too, on leather goods, T-shirts and trinkets — albeit in a more formal guise — wearing glittering sunglasses, or dressed in a dark suit and tie. Just like you know who.