I got over Karl Lagerfeld's diffusion line for Macy's as soon as I saw the first preview pic, but now that photos of the full collection are up online, I guess I'm excited again.
I say "I guess" because even though I wouldn't object to owning and wearing most of the items, I don't think I could fall in love with any of them. And imagine the collection's on-the-rack quality makes my neck itch.
For example: the thick vinyl belt and the tall starched collar on the blouse below (left) were probably included to introduce the masses to some "edgy style" but the Schoolmarm With a Thing for Bondage shtick is neither fashionable nor flattering. I'd rather just wear a simple well-made top, which the sheer mauve blouse probably could have been if Lagerfeld hadn't tacked on a bunch of crap. The problem with up-market designers turning their excellent eyes to down-market fashion is that trying to bring "fashion to the masses" just makes them confused. For sophisticated design elements to work on a garment, they have to be well-executed. That is, apparently, impossible to do at a certain price point.
To be fair, some of the pieces are more successful than others and kudos to Lagerfeld for sticking to his aesthetic without trying too hard to seduce the Macy's shopper, but I find myself wishing that with all the Chanel designer's skill and vision, he'd found a way to design simple, flawless items that won't already be out of the style when they hit Macy's locations at the end of the month.
Karl Lagerfeld for Macy's – Fashionologie