by Apparel Resources News-Desk
12-July-2019 | 2 mins read
Karl Lagerfeld may not be with us today, but his zeal to champion the iconic white shirt is being kept alive by a host of his most famous muses. “If you ask me what I’d most like to have invented in fashion, I’d say the white shirt. For me, the white shirt is the basis of everything. Everything else comes after,” he once said.
Several celebrities, including Cara Delevingne, Diane Kruger, Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, Lewis Hamilton, Tommy Hilfiger, Alessandro Michele, Takashi Murakami, Carine Roitfeld, Sébastien Jondeau and others are coming together for “A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project.”
The friends of the designer will design their versions of Lagerfeld’s iconic white shirt, with a high, well-starched collar, as synonymous with Karl as his ponytail and dark glasses.
Roitfeld, the style adviser at the Lagerfeld brand, will oversee the project and the proceeds from the project will benefit the French charity Sauver la Vie, which funds medical research at the Paris Descartes University.
The shirts will be showcased at the Rue Saint-Guillaume headquarters of the brand during Paris Fashion Week. Keeping Karl’s favourite number, 7, at the centre, seven designs will be replicated 77 times and sold for 777 euros each, with all proceeds donated to Sauver la Vie.
“The participants in this tribute are all people who Karl knew, who he felt connected to, or who inspired him,” said Pier Paolo Righi, Chief Executive Officer of the Karl Lagerfeld fashion house. “After Karl’s passing, so many people wanted to share their admiration for Karl and express their emotions. I find the white shirt as the perfect conduit for a personal message, it is a very unique and intimate way of relating back to Karl.”
Roitfeld noted the white shirt project would “allow us to honour his legacy while incorporating his unwavering love of fashion and giving back; I can’t imagine a better way for us to celebrate his passion for creativity.”
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