Back in January of this year it was announced that American model Kaia Gerber was to collaborate with Karl Lagerfeld on a capsule collection comprising of ready-to-wear and accessories, including footwear, sunglasses and jewellery, taking inspiration from both Lagerfeld’s classic Parisian style and Gerber’s West Coast fashion influences.
Fast forward 8 months and the efforts of two of fashion’s biggest forces are ready to be unveiled…
Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia
Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia, channels and combines both Lagerfeld’s timeless, Parisian chic aesthetic along with Gerber’s confident, carefree L.A. style perfectly, creating a cohesive ready-to-wear, day-to-night collection; the company’s largest collaborative project to date.
Mostly monochromatic with the exception of a few pastel pieces, the collection consists of logo-printed leather biker jackets, hoodies, double-breasted nipped-in tuxedo blazers, little black dresses, chunky knitwear, teddy jackets and skin-tight bodysuits.
Accessories include mini rucksacks, monogram chokers, velvet bags, trainers, over-the-knee socks, and chained hats.
In a market place that can, at times, feel over saturated with design house / celebrity clothing lines and collaborations, the thing that really sets Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia apart from the pack is the natural, unforced fusion of Lagerfeld’s hard-edged traditionalism and Kaia’s laid-back, casual vibe.
Check out images from the Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia look-book, shot on location in L.A. by Karl himself, below:
From Paris-to-LA: Signature Styles Remixed
In a statement released ahead of the collections unveiling, 16 year-old Gerber said “I have loved being a part of the creative process and working with Karl is a dream.”
“I’ve always thought that he’s a genius, so it’s amazing that he’s shown me some of his trade.”
“It has given me a new appreciation for how hard designers work, and how much creativity and thought goes into every collection.”
“Kaia has a youthful, independent attitude that is inspiring.”
– Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia will be available online at karl.com and Revolve.com from August 30th, for a period of two weeks before rolling out to a network of premium retailers internationally, including Selfridges, Excelsior, Breuninger and La Rinascente.
The launch of the collection will be accompanied by three international events, kicking off with a party at the Revolve Social Club in Los Angeles on August 30, where singer Charlotte Lawrence scheduled to provide the entertainment.
The space is also set to host an experiential pop-up shop dedicated to the capsule from Saturday, September 1.
Two weeks later on September 12, Gerber is to host a consumer event at the Karl Lagerfeld flagship at at 420 West Broadway in New York.
Fans will have the opportunity to win a meet-and-greet with the model through Karl Lagerfeld’s social media channels.
The program will culminate in Paris on October 2, during Paris Fashion Week, where Karl Lagerfeld and Gerber will co-host a by-invitation only event.
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