Vans and Karl Lagerfeld's upcoming collaboration might make you want to ditch your white summer sneakers for some sleek black kicks.
The 12-piece capsule was inspired by Lagerfeld's "evolving design aesthetic with iconic elements from his timeless career," said Angie Dita, Vans Classics' senior footwear designer. Thus, the resulting collection remixes some of the skate brand's quintessential sneakers—such as the Old Skool, Sk-8 Hi, and Classic Slip-On—with motifs like K-quilted leather, boucle fabric, referencing Chanel's signature tweed, and Lagerfeld's profile worked into Vans' famous checkerboard print. The range also extends beyond footwear, with graphic tees, a bomber jacket, premium leather backpack, and a cap.
News of the collaboration broke just last week, but Lagerfeld and Vans actually started discussing a joint women's collection a few seasons ago. "We decided to work together since both Vans and Karl Lagerfeld's brand messaging revolved around creating products that are timeless and iconic," Dita said.
The timing of the collection couldn't be more spot-on, just as Vans' Old Skool and Sk8 Hi styles have become the new go-to sneaker, and the fashion world continues to tap on the skate aesthetic. (Just take note of Thrasher hoodies in street-style shots, or Louis Vuitton's collab with Supreme.)
"When I see the fashion world take references from skate trends or brands, I feel that they are intrigued by the fact that skaters are creatives that set their own rules and code," Dita explained. "There is something intriguing about how skateboarding symbolizes a sense of independence and non-conforming attitude that begins at their youth. They follow their own path."
Vans x Karl Lagerfeld officially launches on September 7 at select Karl Lagerfeld boutiques, Vans stores and online at vans.com and karl.com. Prices rage from $40–$300. Take your first look at some more pieces below.