Master of the simple idea, Karl Lagerfeld’s new signature bag was just that: his first name handwritten large in gold metal across the flap of a clutch, or the side of a tote.
The sleek leather goods dovetailed with a spring collection that was spiffier and more sophisticated than in previous seasons, headlined by a limited-edition capsule of eveningwear arriving in stores in November.
You could almost imagine the designer himself in the long, shawl-collared tuxedo jacket in a silver-flecked tweed. In fact, the entire range was emblematic of his graphic personal style: mannish tailoring in black and white, tight jeans and crisp shirts with zippered bibs.
Sportier options included silky blousons with racing striped sleeves; tear-away track pants; and jersey dresses with stretchy logo taping.
Leather goods, the pillar of the line, included denim and tweed versions of the Kuilted (quilted) bags, and a novelty range featured the designer and Choupette in their cartoon guises. “Karl Jets” was the theme, depicting Lagerfeld as the captain and his pampered cat as the co-pilot. Naturally, they fly private.