KARL X KAIA
Feature by Nyanhial Yang
Fashion world collabs just keeping getting better. This time it’s the intermingling of two famous ‘K’s – the icon himself, Mr Karl Lagerfeld and 17-year-old superstar model, Kaia Gerber. Here’s the lowdown on this fab new collection.
SOME BACKGROUND ON KAIA
Supermodel Cindy Crawford was the ‘it girl’ of the 90s. But you’d be forgiven for thinking she’d taken up the runway again when you spy Kaia Gerber sauntering down it. After all, she’s Crawford’s daughter and is pretty much the spitting image of her!
Current it-girl Kaia, amazingly only made her catwalk debut a little over a year ago. The Los Angeles raised teenager went straight to the big league, making her first runway entrance at Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein collection in September last year. But it’s no surprise as she clearly knows her stuff. She’s also pretty lucky to have a swag of supermodel counsel to draw upon, from her mum to catwalk royalty, Naomi Campbell.
AND THE LEGEND HIMSELF – MR LAGERFELD
Karl Lagerfeld needs no introduction. Our founder, Milla-Maria, is a fan of epic proportions and it’s totally understandable as Karl just continues to amaze. The living legend remains extremely active in the fashion scene, maintaining his role as creative director of Chanel, Fendi AND his namesake fashion house, not to mention continuing to shoot as a renowned photographer. All at the tender age of 85!
So how did the two K’s get together?
Kaia reportedly met Karl during her first fashion season at a Fendi fitting. And just a year later, the exclusive collection was announced. There ain’t no messing about for those two!
The collection comprises a big range of versatile pieces such as:
Little black dresses
Accessories (think bum bags, shoulder bags & sunglasses)
Notorious ‘Mom-fit’ jeans
All pieces take the Californian valley girl aesthetic and put a Parisian spin on it. The duo cleverly capitalises on this generation’s obsession with brands and named products, as well as the ever-classic colour combos of red, black and white.
CASPER’S SNEAK PEEK & OUR FAVES
While on her recent London trip, our founder Milla-Maria was lucky enough to drop into one of Karl X Kaia’sflagship stores and feast her eyes on the collection (you can check out our Insta page to see more). She loved how each piece had a classic Karl fit, but with a definite Kaia edge. Her fave had to be the surely-soon-to-be-iconic leather jacket.
As for the rest of the Casper team, we love the faux fur coat, the velvet down jacket, the tank and jersey dresses as well the IKONIK t-shirt. But two absolute standouts have to be the Ventura sneakers and the jersey catsuit. These two pieces encapsulate the very essence of the collaboration; the bodysuit hugs those curves, producing the perfect silhouette, while the sneakers are modest but have a somewhat mature spin which is really refreshing.
In its entirety, the collection is suitably priced and designed for the target audience.
Why not take a peek yourselves karl.com