Karl Lagerfeld Gets Wet



Karl Lagerfeld presents his modern ideas in a snap. This season it was all about wet black leggings worn with a geometric peplum jacket with zips, a sort of souped-up perfecto. It was his take on sleek, urban gear for a futuristic motorcycle mama , although there were no motorcycles in sight. By the time the show was over, Lagerfeld had shown a troop of well tailored ¾ jackets and moved on to chiffon evening dresses all over his wet look secondskin pants. It’s proof that if you really like something, you can wear it with everything.

Can you wear Coq feathers, shocking red leather gloves and horsey rows of black whipcord necklaces with everything? Those accessories and more took Ann Demeulemeester’s slouchy tailoring for a walk on the wild side. This was all dramatically witchy, but the best pieces were the simplest, like the wide pleated pants and trenchy jacket that opened the show. Demeulemeester continues to move into fur-she likes it sleek and pliable enough to wear cinched like a bathrobe. And she achieved great shapes with offbuttoning—proof that mistakes can generate great fashion—for one camel jacket with a wind blown look.