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Last night, Karl Lagerfeld, man of many collaborations, launched his latest with British design company I Love Dust at his very own Bleecker Street pop-up. He wasn't there in person, but his presence couldn't be missed. From the t-shirts with his face and name on them to the macaroons decorated with a large K and silhouette of his head, the Kaiser was everywhere.
In the past, I Love Dust has worked with brands like Nike, Kidrobot, and Kiehl's. The brand designed four t-shirts for men and women. Each graphic takes on an element of Karl's image, be it an illustration of his face or his gloves. The shirts go for $95 a pop, and they'll be available at the store through August.
Sported by a row of mannequins that took up much of the narrow space, the t-shirt collection was the main décor at yesterday's gathering. Each shirt was accessorized with some sort of collar and paired with leather pants or jacket. The space was also outfitted with mirrored Karl heads, Karl key chains, and a Karl teddy bear.
It was a party for the pretty. As we arrived we spotted Shenae Grimes and Dani Stahl leaving. Inside, Hilary Rhoda stole a lot of the attention away from a row of male models lining the tightly packed shop. "Karl's Kult," as the invite named them, certainly includes some characters. There were at least five men in skirts, some purple hair, and more than a few outlandish accessories. (One man even tied a fringed cashmere scarf around his head, and in this heat? Oy).
Because of the cramped crowd, it was hard to see what was actually happening aside from the massive mannequins displaying his latest project. But with beats a la the Misshapes playing in the background and a plentiful supply of champagne and Diet Coke (Karl's favorite, of course) we have a feeling no one left unhappy, despite the heat and the Karl-less-ness.—Lauren Frankfort
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