Karl Lagerfeld designs for Macy’s arrive

August 30th, 2011

Macy’s video still

Karl Lagerfeld poses with his model in one of his creations for Macy’s Impulse department. The outfit she’s wearing looks as if it comprises three separates, but is actually a one-piece dress ($139).

Karl Lagerfeld‘s capsule collection for Macy’s has arrived and I got a sneak preview at Macy’s Ala Moana Center store this morning. Don’t rush in yet, as sales nationwide won’t begin until tomorrow, Aug. 31.

The store and the Waikiki store, home to the Impulse department, will be carrying 30 pieces of the 45-piece collection. The looks feature the designer’s signature black-and-white suiting, high collars, “tweedy” poly-wool separates and dresses, romantic dresses and tees and tanks emblazoned with his image, recalling similar tees created for H&M a few years ago.

It’s a great collaboration for those who have admired the designer’s work, but could never afford his creations for Chanel, Fendi or his own eponymous line. The quality of the pieces is much better than designer collaborations I’ve seen at other mass retailers, with more detail and substantial fabric. I’m tempted by some of his fall shorts and white shirts that will go with a black waistcoat I’m picking up from All Saints.

Prices start at $49 for the tees, with dress prices ranging from about $119 to $139.

Video: Lagerfeld working on illustrations for Macy’s. Click on the photo to see the designer at work.

Nadine Kam photos

At Macy’s Ala Moana store this morning, Tani Lynn wears the dress ($139) modeled in the top photo, featuring Karl Lagerfeld’s signature black-and-white, high-collared look. Morgan Clark wears a LBD ($128) version of the look.

Morgan shows a more casual look of a T-shirt ($49) bearing Lagerfeld’s image, worn with leggings.

Tani Lynn shows a more romantic aspect of the collection. This dress is $119. More detail is show below.

Katie Min models separates of poly-wool belted vest ($79) and city short ($89).

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