Karl Lagerfeld and Vans Are Teaming Up
Somewhere, pigs are flying.
Karl Lagerfeld, creative force behind Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label, is doing his own take on the whole high-fashion street-wear phenomenon.
Yes, the man who once said, "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants" is cozying up with Vans, the "Off the Wall" So. Cal.-based sneaker vendor typically associated with stoner/skate culture, rambunctious teens and Sean Penn, not haute couture.
According to WWD, the two unlikely brands have teamed up on a capsule set to drop on Sept. 7. The collection will consist of classic Vans styles, including the Sk8-Hi laceless and Old Skool laceless, reimagined with Lagerfeld's own mug dabbled across Vans' signature checkerboard pattern, as well as his "K" insignia. A T-shirt featuring an image of Karl wearing a checkerboard tie, as well as a raglan bomber and premium leather backpack round out the capsule.
Lucky for shoppers, the price range hovers in a realm more typical of Vans than Karl Lagerfeld, coming in between $40 and $300.
Vans has been taking advantage of street wear's fashion moment with more than one collab. The brand recently partnered on an extremely exclusive collection with the L.A.-based label Enfants Riches Deprimes. And of course in recent years, plenty of luxury brands (Celine, Givenchy and indeed Chanel) have paid homage to Vans' iconic slip-on style with their own pricey versions.