Karl Lagerfeld's 'cut-price' collection sells out online as hundreds of shoppers queue outside pop-up shops
If the thought of getting your mitts on an affordable pair of Karl Lagerfeld-designed leather gloves was almost too much to handle – and you haven't been queuing outside one of his five brand-new pop up stores since dawn – sit back down, you're too late.
The 50 fingerless gloves, along with many other pieces from Lagerfeld's 70-strong, cut-price collection which went on sale yesterday, have already sold out.
Riding on a high after his acclaimed Chanel Paris Couture Week show, Lagerfeld launched his rock-inspired range of leather collars, sparkly dresses, silver shoes and crisp white shirts at a pop-up store in Paris.
Highlights from the collection: Models show off looks from Karl Lagerfeld's affordable range which went on sale yesterday and is already selling out
The collection was launched simultaneously in London, New York and Berlin – and Sydney jumped on board the Karl bandwagon this morning.
But the fact that nothing costs more than 1,000 is not the only thing that makes Karl's collection special.
The pop-up shops were also highly unusual in that they did not contain any clothes.
Instead, queuing customers were invited to scan pictures of the clothes they liked with their smart phone or iPad in order to buy the products online.
Suits you! The models were posing infront of 'The Cube', one of five pop up shops which are helping to promote the collection
Those who had made the effort to get
to a shop were rewarded for their pains, though. Many received a free
pair of gloves (hence the shortage online) or one of Lagerfeld's
trademark sharp leather collars.
A single photo of one of the collection's looks was released back in December – as well as a tantalising YouTube video.
And the full-length shot was a good preview of the Lagerfeld staples that run throughout the collection.
The palette throughout is monochrome with a bit of dull silvery sparkle.
features heavily as the material for everything from the 50 fingerless
gloves to the 980 Jacey snakeskin-effect leather jacket which is the
most expensive item in the collection.
Elsewhere, silk is used for the blouses and dresses and cotton is used for jeans and sweatshirts.
The range features evening
and daywear, including dresses with plunging backs,
silver jeans and casual vest tops.
Team Karl: The Chanel designer delights the crowd by posing infront of The Cube in Paris
Looks good! Net-A-Porter boss, Natalie Massenet, shows Lagerfed what his collection looks like on her website
Hooded sweatshirts with PVC sleeves give the range an urban chic theme, while Capri pants and T-shirt dresses can be dressed up or down.
The cheapest item in the collection is a 20 tote bag that has already sole out.
It may still be more than you would usually spend on clothes, but the quality of the materials used is guaranteed to make it worth the expense.
Lagerfeld designed the collection especially to appeal to the masses.
He told WWD: 'It's
my today's taste and style and a reflection of how I think a great
number of people would like to be dressed now.'
UK fan club: In London's Covent Garden hundreds queued to get a glimpse of Karls' cut-price range
Bag a deal online: Net-A-Porter's welcome page for those who are looking for Lagerfeld bargains
Sell out success: Many of the items – particularly the most affordable ones, are no longer available – and they only went on sale yesterday