A just-released sketch from Karl Lagerfeld’s mass market-priced collection for Macy’s. We don’t have word yet whether the downtown Seattle Macy’s (or any of the others) will carry the line.

Hey, this is a new series. Every week or so, we’ll chime in with top fashion news from around the world—and what it means in Seattle.

We did get last winter’s Lanvin collection for H&M, so here’s hoping Karl Lagerfeld’s fall ‘11 collaboration with Macy’s makes it to Seattle. WWD reports that the collection will be in 235 of the department store’s more than 800 locations. (Note: you must have a subscription with WWD to read the definitive report on the subject.)

In the meantime, the first-look sketches allude to what a Macy’s exec told WWD is “quintessential Lagerfeld but done at affordable prices.” The 45 dresses and separates are to be sold for an average of $100.

The iconic designer all but invented the high-low capsule collection thing. He told WWD, “It’s interesting to see and participate in the world of others in that business on all kinds of levels.”

Calls to Macy’s HQ have not yet been returned; when we know whether or not our downtown store will carry the line, we’ll be sure to report back.

UPDATE 8/25/11: We’ve got confirmation. The Lagerfeld for Macy’s collection will be sold in the downtown Macy’s Impulse department (where you’ll find Rachel Roy and BCBG MaxAzria), but no word on when it’s set to arrive.

In related less-is-more news this week:

Gilt City president Nathan Richardson talks to Bloomberg radio
about the expansion to Seattle, the difference between his brand and Groupon, and the curated lifestyle thing.

How big, fat, juicy, and luxurious will fashion’s September issues be when they start arriving in local mailboxes in the next few weeks? Adweek reports marginal stair-step increases in page counts, but it’s not likely you’ll feel much heft as you page through fall fashion reports. Still, we’ll take any increase we can get, right? Print is not dead!

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