It’s already started and it’s weeks away: Karl Mania. Net-A-Porter has an exclusive collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in the burgeoning massstige (mass + prestige = masstige) category. The first images have been strategically leaked and I think Karl’s got a wowser of a Kollection here. Using words as yummy as ironiK, artistiK, aKecesible, to describe his approach, the line has graphic silhouettes, and rock ‘n roll accents of vinyl, rubber leather and sequins. Styles include everything from draped T-shirts, silk blouses, hooded sweatshirts, short dresses and capri pants to the the detachable collars with the soon-to-be-famous phrase that embodies the spirit of the line, “I only wear the latest thing. It’s my job”.
The new Karl collection debuts on Net-A-Porter on January 25, 2012 and a month later it also arrives on KarlLagerfeld.com. Prices are rumored to range from $95 to $450 dollars or 60 to 300 €. I sense a new kind of frenzy. This time, it’s online instead of at Target. I love the look of it.
– NJ Goldston, The Brunette