Uncle Karl is deigning to sell his wares to the unwashed and undoubtedly obese masses, but he’s slapping a grin on and pretending he’s not appalled that the proletariat will be touching things with his name on them. In Macy’s no less.
“To me Macy’s is the perfect department store in the United States where everybody can find what they’re looking for without ruining their budget,” said Karl Lagerfeld. “That’s why I am happy to make this limited collection just for Macy’s.”
Oh, that clever little dowager empress. We joke about his not-so hidden distaste for people who work outside the fashion industry, but there’s a reason it’s called an industry. In the end, it comes down to money and Karl’s been singing a tune about affordable and accessible fashion ever since the worldwide economy started heading straight for the shitter. He’s no dummy. You can only milk so much money out of the haute couture and luxury goods market, but mass appeal is practically self-perpetuating if you know how to do it.
And no matter what else one can say about Karl Lagerfeld, it can’t be denied that the man knows the world of fashion like the back of his perpetually gloved hand. When Uncle Karl decides he wants to go downscale, he does it to great effect. It’s a gorgeous little collection of pieces that look far more expensive than they are, all of which have that Lagerfeld feel to them. Perfect wardrobe basics put together by a man who could design clothes in his sleep.
The 45-piece limited edition “Impulse” collection from Karl Lagerfeld, ranging in price from $50 to $170, will be available August 31st, if you’re interested. For now, your opinions are requested.
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