You might assume style collaborations are sizzling proper now, what with the bizarre sneaker partnerships being introduced daily and types getting artistic. Nonetheless, German design icon Karl Lagerfeld was a champion of cross-pollination in style a lot earlier than the others. Again in 2004, his eponymous Parisian maison launched a capsule assortment with Swedish quick style retailer H&M. “He did not view clothes or garments within a silo of couture or high street or fast fashion — it was a medium for all,” says Caroline Lebar, head of communications on the model, who labored with the German designer for over three a long time, till his passing in February this yr. She was in Mumbai final month for the launch of their first Indian collaboration with quick style label, Cowl Story. “What drew us to Cover Story was that at its core, it is very feminine. Our maison’s Parisian aesthetic complements it so well. Designs have been created keeping in mind the Indian body type, and seasonal and cultural preferences. At the same time, they are a reflection of our brand DNA,” says Lebar.
Made for one another?
Maggie Priori, Head of Liaison at Karl Lagerfeld, found Cowl Story whereas on a private vacation in India final yr. Manjula Tiwari (above), CEO, Future Fashion Lab, says, “She liked what she saw, and put the idea of a capsule collection to us. It was an instant affirmative from our end, and an honour to be partnered with such a legendary name.” The artistic inputs and the designs had been spearheaded by the KL design crew in Paris in collaboration with the London-based design crew of Cowl Story. The limited-edition capsule assortment will likely be out there in 19 Cowl Story shops (there are 30 throughout the nation) and the web site. (Costs vary from ₹4,000 to ₹14,000.)
The Karl Lagerfeld White Shirt Challenge
Lebar on the White Shirt Challenge.
“We had been impressed by Karl’s personal phrases: ‘If you ask me what I’d most wish to have invented in style, I’d say the white shirt. For me, it’s the foundation of every thing. The whole lot else comes after.’ So, we despatched his iconic white shirt to a few of his associates and requested them to write down, design or do something, as a dedication. The consequence was a tremendous exhibition of practically 50 tribute shirts, every with a novel story that displays the creator’s private anecdotes, experiences and recollections. Of these, seven shirts had been replicated 77 occasions, to be offered for €777 (roughly ₹ 61,500) per piece. This contains items by Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne, Takashi Murakami, Diane Kruger, Sebastien Jondeau (Karl’s private assistant and ambassador of the model), Tommy Hilfiger and Carine Roitfeld (model advisor of maison Karl Lagerfeld and in addition curated the tribute mission). The proceeds are being donated to Sauver la Vie [ a charity for medical research at Paris Descartes University], which Karl personally initiated and supported for a few years.
Lagerfeld was additionally artistic director of style homes Chanel and Fendi. The latter has just lately launched the Karligraphy Bag, that includes a emblem designed by Lagerfeld in 1981 — “two romantic yet very graphic double Fs in italics”. It is available in leather-based, patent leather-based and unique choices, in each impartial shades of black, brown and nude, and brighter blue, pink and yellow. In Fendi boutiques and on fendi.com, at roughly ₹1.40 lakh.