Karl Lagerfeld is one of life’s multitaskers, despite being in his late 70s. As if designing for Chanel, Fendi and Hogan were not enough, he also has a small collection of ranges under his own name that have so far been marketed in an uncharacteristically low-key way. A selection of his Karl Lagerfeld Paris range for women launched on Net-a-Porter and at Selfridges last season, giving a younger but sophisticated take on Karl-style dressing – little black dresses, sharp tailoring, high-collared white shirts, cut-off black driving gloves and all. Now he has added a man’s version of KL Paris while a more casual, denim-based range – Karl – provides the weekend equivalent of KL Paris workwear and is sold primarily online.
To create an initial splash, Selfridges is running a pop-up shop from Wednesday July 25 (the man himself dropped in the night before, amid suitable ballyhoo, to check all was as he would wish). This temporary boutique not only launches the range in the UK but also provides some exclusives, including being the only stockist of the KL Paris menswear.
The Karl range for both sexes includes denim and leather – especially biker jackets (first picture) and waistcoats, and skirts – plus soft jersey dresses and good-quality T-shirts, and the new autumn range is exclusive to the pop up until it goes online. For Olympic enthusiasts there is also Team Karl, a selection of games-inspired T-shirts and neo-punk splash prints in medal colours on denim or leather, plus dramatic, high-cut, detachable sequin collars (second picture), created especially for the pop up. Prices range from £95 to £325.