The KARL LAGERFELD Spring 2021 collection celebrates one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite fascinations: the future. The theme examines how digital technology is shaping modern design and bringing new meaning to fashion fundamentals. This season’s signature styles fuse feminine and futuristic details — think iridescent colors, transparent fabrics and structured silhouettes — for a chic take on KARL classics.
Inspired by retro arcades and analogue video games, the collection opens with distinctly pixelated and colorful graphics. A wrap dress with sheer bell sleeves is covered with a contemporary all-over KARL logo print. A menswear-inspired shirt dress is kept feminine with silk fabric and voluminous sleeves; it also features the word KARL in a play of large and small proportions. Outerwear includes a transformer trench coat — a two-in-one design that can be worn as a dress or a cropped jacket — and a draped trench, which is crafted from coated nylon with a metallic interior and dainty shoulder detailing.
A range of gender fluid styles embrace a masculine-meets-feminine feel. Unisex silhouettes include an essential trench coat crafted from recycled polyester; a jean jacket in washed grey denim; two-tone reversible sweatpants; and a white poplin shirt. For women, a metallic silver raincoat can be paired with an airy, fluid silk maxi dress with a gathered waist detail. For casual occasions, premium (unisex) sweats include KARL logos and artworks of Karl and Choupette, created with a puffy, balloon-effect finish in iridescent colors.
Further embracing a futuristic aesthetic, a sheer, plaid organza trench coat embraces a contemporary cover-up effect. A pleated lace skirt and pleated lace evening dress are both crafted from recycled polyester. To keep at-home style looking sophisticated, a tailored blazer is made from soft jersey, while sweatshirts and tees feature shoulder puffs, bell sleeves and ruffled hemlines.
The collection is completed by a capsule designed for the “work from home” movement, with five styles offering chic comfort for on-camera calls. Crafted from an ultra-soft cashmere blend fabric, the range includes a sweatshirt, tunic, hoodie, wrap cardigan and wide-leg pants. The loungewear will be accompanied by a pillow, blanket and sleeping mask.