Let's take an exclusive look at the KARL by Karl Lagerfeld collection for Net-a-Porter. Now, isn't that the best logo you've seen all year? If there's one silhouette that says fa-fa-fashion, it belongs to the Kaiser. Love it. So, the KARL line launches on Wednesday 25 January, has an affordable price tag (starting at £50 for KL's signature leather gloves, to just under £1000 for a biker jacket) and, as you can imagine, carries a lot of monochrome.
Dress like Karl? Fun, but no thanks, was my initial reaction to the range - as I recalled a set of dancing Lagerfeld-look-a-likes spotted the last time (and it was the last time) I went to a festival.
But it's not all Zoolander and high camp. Classic black and white always looks elegant and oh-so French. The soft leather biker jacket, silver Lurex tunic and distressed metallic jeans all have a whiff of Emmanuelle Alt's pared-down, rock and roll style, and as Natalie Massanet states, ' It's a very strong, well-edited collection with a great mix of street attitude and timeless chic. It also is an entire wardrobe that mixes and matches well with itself.'
I'm pleased to see KARL has given white jeans his leather-clad thumbs up. Every summer I battle with the Hurley/Middleton aversion but now the balance has swung back into the Ines/Karl camp, I can confirm that, this season, white jeans are classy not trashy.
And there were sequins. A simple dress and a sparkly biker jacket that was borderline Cher in Bob Mackie but on the right person...
Not everyone wants to be Karlified. There's a tipping point when imitation turns into fancy dress. So, the Kaiser can keep his big collars and leather fingerless gloves. More Jackie Stewart than Jackie O. Madonna may have been sporting the Chanel gloves of late, but I'll keep my age spots on show, thank you very much. When in doubt, just ask yourself, 'Does this say Parisian Chic? Would Ines wear it?' I think we all know the answer to that little fashion conundrum.