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NEW: Karl Lagerfeld’s Unisex Capsule Collection

NEW: Karl Lagerfeld’s Unisex Capsule Collection

Karl Lagerfeld unisex collection, FashionBite

Flamboyant Karl Lagerfeld is the first to insist that he has multiple personalities, and now he’s created a ready-to-wear line that’ll suit whatever mood he’s in. Known for clean, elegant lines and sharp tailoring, Karl hasn’t moved away from that winning formula in his AW 2012 luxury capsule collection. The label has revealed a twin line for men, to appear alongside the womenswear collection. The looks aims to make a strong case for ‘third-sex fashion’, creating an androgynous line that is differentiated only by more or less fitted proportions, a more or less rounded shoulder.

Each offers sophisticated constructions of cut-outs and trompe l’oeil, split collars and pockets, linear topstitching and geometric motifs that structure the silhouettes. Bold lines trace curves and straight cuts; others hug the body or follow the elegant volumes of bouclé knits and waffle effects, which both come in finely textured and maximalist versions, along with stretch satin, denim, chunky knits and merinos, cashmere, lacquered poplin and leather with a rubber feel.

Details are carried through from one collection to another, with patterns, materials and colours reflecting back and forth between men’s and women’s pieces. Black, white, grey, pewter, navy and khaki are present across all collections, lifted with touches of coral and deep red, and punctuated with constructivist-style prints that echo Bauhaus.

Suit jackets and white collared shirts worn over leather trousers with a gunmetal sheen, slim jeans hung with heavy chains,a white shirt with a double collar and raw-edge front and mottled military coats can be worn by men and women, as Karl hopes to transcend boundaries to create an ultra chic, sophisticated ‘third sex’.

Speaking about his designs, the Kasier told The Independent: “[The Karl and Karl Lagerfeld collections are] a reflection of me as a person and [Chanel and Fendi] are more like an interpretation of a style. It’s never mixed. Fendi never looks like Chanel, Chanel never looks like Karl Lagerfeld. I don’t know how I’ve managed it.

I think I have no personality but in fact I have three. You see a silhouette. There’s nothing else to see. I remember a photographer saying to me, ‘I have to spend three days with you to know what’s behind the image’. I said, ‘You’re wasting your time; there’s nothing there.'”

We’re huge fans of the collection’s lacquered wool suits, slender jackets and trousers with double belts and riveted pockets – but the personality you choose to pair with them will be the perfect accessory.  Designer store LuisaViaRoma stocks the new Karl collection.

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Amy @ FashionBite xx

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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