Karl Lagerfeld's Special K
December 14, 2006
The uneasy marriage of the Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger brands is making another go at it. This time, they will be launching a denim collection for men and women called simply K. The line will make its debut for fall 2007, but will initially be sold only in Europe and Canada. No U.S. distribution appears to be planned at the moment, as Hilfiger executives want to establish the line in Europe first. Lagerfeld is collaborating creatively with Maurice Ohayon, the man behind the Notify label, and while the collection won't be shown until January, he gave Women's Wear Daily a strong hint as to the line's direction," I hate baggy pants: Don't expect them from me." On a related note, the designer has also been busying himself with legal matters. He is suing Alicia Drake, author of "The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris " which focuses on the rivalry between the two designers. He is seeking $45,000 in damages for invasion of privacy, as the book includes lurid details about Paris' fashion set at the time as well as personal information about Lagerfeld and his family that the designer has disputed. Clearly he is unbothered by the enormous amount of free publicity he is giving the book.
A Casual Karl Lagerfeld: Hilfiger-Owned Brand To Launch K Denim Line (WWD)
Karl Lagerfeld Seeks Damages Over Book (UPI)