Karl Lagerfeld’s aptly named Karl “masstige” (that’s the portmanteau meant to denote almost-luxury items at a relatively-not-terrible price) line debuted at Net-a-Porter to much fanfare and hype on Wednesday, and I do have to admit that there were a few items I considered picked up: the faux leather pleated skirt, sequined collar, leather moto gloves, silver high-tops…okay, maybe there were more than a few. I like black, just like Kaiser Karl. But what of the handbags? And what of that slightly batty video of Karl interviewing himself, which we have provided for you after the jump? It’s Friday, after all.
The collection included a couple of black leather bags, none of which were of particular note based on their design and price points. What I did kind of enjoy, however, was these two canvas totes, both bearing the visage of Karl himself. At a price point of $25 and featuring drawings of Karl (on in profile, one from the back) on both sides, it’s easy to guess why the Karl Printed Canvas Shopper sold out immediately. If you prefer your Karl a little more abstract (and slightly more spendy), the Karl Large Printed Canvas Tote might be more up your alley if you have $135 to throw toward what is essentially a novelty. It’s a KARL LAGERFELD novelty, though, so that’s something.
And speaking of novel, among the seemingly endless media materials for this launch is this gem of a video from Net-a-Porter, in which Karl Lagerfeld sits across from himself and conducts an interview. With himself. I’d be perfectly content if Karl retired from fashion forever and spent his days making YouTube videos, honestly.