Karl Lagerfeld has finally unveiled his first designs for Melissa, the Brazilian shoe brand known for it’s colorful jelly shoes. One of the designer’s sketches shows a curvy Mary Jane that incorporates the colors of Brazil’s national flag through a motif near the ankle. Lagerfeld decided to use the shades because, “The best way to know a country is to work with people from that country.”
The rest of the sketches show a pair of black flats with double-belt closure, a pair of pointy flats with spheres placed along the front of the shoe, and a pair of heels with an ice cream cone on the back.
The collection will launch on March 26 at the Galeria Melissa in New York alongside a photo exhibition by the designer. The shoes will also be released in Brazil that month and will roll out in stores around the world between April and June. These styles for fall 2013 make up the first of 4 collections Karl signed on to design for the eco-friendly brand.
Melissa is no stranger to high fashion, having previously collaborated with designers Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gareth Pugh, and model Alessandra Ambrosio. This particular partnership was first announced in December 2012. At the time, both the shoe brand and Lagerfeld expressed their excitement over working with the other. Melissa’s CEO called the deal “one of the most exciting collaborations the company has ever seen.”
Meanwhile, the CEO of Karl Lagerfeld praised Melissa for bringing Karl’s ideas to life and turning them into amazing footwear. He stated, “We are very excited about the partnership with Melissa who have been great in translating Karl’s inspirations and designs into truly iconic and fun fashion products that many women in the world will happily wear.”