In a career spanning six decades working within the worlds top Fashion Houses, the name 'Karl Lagerfeld' is name that instantly conjurs up an image. The unmistakeable combination of striking white hair gathered into the signature ponytail, wide collared shirts and dark shades, Karl has become an icon in his own right. Sitting at the helm of the most celebrated high fashion houses has help him share his vision with the world.
A multi-faceted creative, as well as a fashion designer, Karl is also renowned for his photography, writing, and illustration. His brand new collection designed together with Vans is the latest in a long line of joint ventures he's adhered his name and aesthetic to.
Vans themselves are no strangers to high-end collaborations, having worked with the likes of Mark Jacobs and Kenzo in the past, with both brands adding their recognisable stylings to classic Vans shapes. With the way the fashion world is turning at the moment, there's never been more of an apt time to collaborate with streetwear brands, trainers are more accepted than ever on catwalks and being dressed alongside high-end labels.
The latest work with Karl Lagerfeld takes two variations of the Slip-On, Sk8-Hi, and Old Skool, and completely transforms them away from their recognisable suede and canvas form. As is always seen through Karls dress sensibilities, the collection is fully monochromatic, with an emphasis placed on pattern and texture. The treatment on the Slip-On's replaces the iconic checkerboard print with embroidered 'K' logos, and monogrammed repeat patterns of Lagerfelds ponytailed-profile.
Both the Sk8-Hi and Old Skool have been stripped of any sign of lacing, replacing them with elasticated strips that run down the tongue; the Old Skool making use of bold KARL branding down the band. Adding to the high fashion theme, the midsole on each have been replaced with thicker platform sole units.
The Vans x Karl Lagerfeld Women's Collection will be available in selected size? stores on Thursday September 9th, with prices ranging from £65 - £125.