You could suppose style collaborations are sizzling proper now, what with the bizarre sneaker partnerships being introduced day by day 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 didn’t view garments or clothes inside a silo of couture or excessive road or quick style — it was a medium for all,” says Caroline Lebar, head of communications on the model, who labored with the German designer for over three many years, 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 Cowl Story was that at its core, it is extremely female. Our maison’s Parisian aesthetic enhances it so effectively. Designs have been created retaining in thoughts the Indian physique sort, and seasonal and cultural preferences. On the identical time, they’re a mirrored image of our model 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 appreciated what she noticed, and put the concept of a capsule assortment to us. It was an immediate affirmative from our finish, and an honour to be partnered with such a legendary title.” 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 probably be accessible 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 Mission
Lebar on the White Shirt Mission.
“We had been impressed by Karl’s personal phrases: ‘When you ask me what I’d most prefer to have invented in style, I’d say the white shirt. For me, it’s the foundation of all the things. Every little thing else comes after.’ So, we despatched his iconic white shirt to a few of his associates and requested them to jot down, design or do something, as a dedication. The consequence was a tremendous exhibition of almost 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 instances, 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 (type 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 not too long ago launched the Karligraphy Bag, that includes a emblem designed by Lagerfeld in 1981 — “two romantic but 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.