Maison Karl Lagerfeld Reimagines Its ’90s Archives in New Capsule

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The house of Karl Lagerfeld is celebrating its namesake’s legacy of boundless creativity and timeless design with the launch of Studio KL. Curated by Carine, style advisor of the maison, the fall collection features contemporary interpretations of iconic archive pieces from Lagerfeld’s 1990s collections for his label. An extension of his vision, Studio KL offers a refreshing take on the most noteworthy pieces, reviving the designer’s signature brand codes for a new generation. Out today, the collection is available exclusively on Farfetch, the brand’s website, and in Karl Lagerfeld stores worldwide.

A decorated designer, Lagerfeld’s eponymous brand is a primary facet of his many contributions to the fashion industry. His historically and culturally-informed approach to design brought not only a new perspective, but sparked the prosperity of numerous luxury houses. Intertwined in the history of Balmain, Patou, Fendi, and Chloé, Lagerfeld’s multifaceted career was perhaps most defined by his successful subversion of Coco Chanel’s classic tweed, costume jewelry, and logo-emblazoned designs. While collaborating with Silvia Fendi for the brand’s ready-to-wear collections and shortly after assuming position at Chanel, Lagerfeld launched his own line in 1984, from which he would also share shreds of his creative vision. Despite his passing in 2019, the designer remains a perpetual force of inspiration and his namesake maison continues to build upon his legacy.

For the new capsule, Karl Lagerfeld Design Director Hun Kim worked closely with Carine to reimagine the edit of archival pieces for today’s audience. Modern replications like asymmetrically-tailored tuxedo jackets, one with statement piping and the other color-blocked, reference designs from Lagerfeld’s Spring/Summer 1991 and 1990 collections. Sophistication is also expressed in the mostly-monochrome release through pinstripe suiting, a dress with lace inlays, and pared down essentials like a white tee, simple black mini skirt, and faux leather leggings. Completing the Studio KL fall lineup are accessories that pay unambiguous homage to the late designer—a faux collar and tie and a glittering video tape clutch.

While the collection is a physical manifestation of Lagerfeld’s design philosophy, for those gifted with witnessing the icon in his element, the capsule evokes exhilarating memories. “What inspires me most is the energy, the cut, the ability to surprise the audience at each show, the models that were walking the runway,” Carine says. “Seeing Karl backstage with the supermodels was just so legendary.”

The capsule is not the first time that Carine has paid tribute to her collaborator and confidant. In 2019, a group of industry insiders including Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne, Allesandro Michele, Carine, and others joined forces with Maison Karl Lagerfeld and Farfetch for A Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld: The White Shirt Project.

While Carine and Kim sought to add youthfulness to Lagerfeld’s legacy for the fall collection, the pair most wanted to create clothes that will continue to resonate for years to come. “What I’m hoping today is to be able to transmit what Karl did in the ’90s without any sort of nostalgia because Karl hated it.” Carine shares. “It’s never about the nostalgia with this collection, it’s about timelessness.”

To design the collection, Kim looked to Lagerfeld’s sketches. He expressed the enduring allure of the late designer’s designs, saying “Karl’s archive has always been an incredible source of inspiration.” While the designer behind the brand may be gone, his timeless designs will certainly not be forgotten. Kim continued, “Looking back on his most memorable designs, and interpreting them for today, is a beautiful way to honor his legacy.”

Karl Lagerfeld’s Studio KL collection is now available on Farfetch.

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