Olympics Fashion: Team Karl

July 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Two days ago on a lovely summer evening Karl Lagerfeld himself descended on London to launch his brand new Olympics inspired collection in Selfridges. Is Karl a massive sports fan then, you must wander? Apparently not. The legendary designers in the interview admitted to be inspired by the idea of Games, but is unlikely to tune in to watch the events himself blaming it on the unhuman look of the Olympians. Whether you agree or not (I definitely don’t, not only because my parents were both in professional sport but because we should never disrespect the amount of effort and commitment that goes into preparing for the Games) the main point of this blog post is not to discuss Olympics but the Games-inspired capsule collection.

So as I got to third floor of Selfridges the sight of shiny black installation that holds Karl’s designs caught my eye immediately. To enter the world of Karl I had to walk through a massive arch in the shape of Karl’s head  – all in all let’s just say it is a very high impact space. But I am sure what you are interested in the most in are the pieces inside. Let’s start with my favourites, collars: gold, silver, bronze as well as lacy creations await you, no wonder they are back, being the fastest selling items of Karl’s SS12 collection on net-a-porter.com. With most of the clothing items the relation to Olympics is apparent – T shirts printed with gold medals (£95) and white biker jackets covered in droplets of gold (£345). But then there appear to be a few military-like pieces in camouflage print. To tell you the truth I can’t see the connection to Olympics but who am I to question THE Karl Lagerfeld. My most favourite item though – temporary tattoos depicting Olympic gold medal – love the attention to detail! The choice for a capsule collection is great – about 20 different items, and I was told more pieces are to arrive throughout the Games. So my advise, go see it all by yourself and enjoy the world of Karl.

In the meantime, if you are looking for S/S12 collection, there is plenty of choice online at newly launched www.karl.com store that ships to UK.

Make Your Perfect Ballerina

August 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ballet flats. What would we do without them? This month iconic French shoe maker Repetto teamed up with Selfridges to allow us, the ballet flat lovers to create a perfect shoe by choosing out of 250 colours of leather, bows and trimmings. The pop up atelier is open until 12th September and your unique shoe will cost a minimum of £345. But just imagine no one (apart from people who design identical shoe) will wear the same shoes as you, how very ‘couture’!

At the end of the day it is not just about the resulting shoe but a different shopping experience. I am all up for pop up shops and shopping techniques that involve the customer. Big well done to Repetto, great way to promote the brand!

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