The sheer enormity of Karl Lagerfeld‘s influence within the fashion industry and on a global scale was not fully realised until he passed away earlier this year. The shock of the news was felt in waves and as an industry said goodbye to a true style icon, those who have idolised him have band together in droves. Following his huge memorial held during Paris Fashion Week Men’s earlier this year, the likes of Cara Delevingne, Tommy Hilfiger and Takashi Murakami have paid tribute to the prolific designer with ‘The White Shirt Project’.
Partnering exclusively with Farfetch for the fitting tribute, seven creatives – Carine Roitfeld, Cara Delevingne, Tommy Hilfiger, Sébastien Jondeau, Diane Kruger, Kate Moss and Takashi Murakami – have applied their own distinctive sensibilities to the classic silhouette. Each will be replicated 77 times and sold for €777 per piece on karl.com and farfetch.com. The money raised will be donated to the “Sauver la Vie” charity initiative for medical research at the Paris Descartes University. Additionally, close family and friends of the designer including Kaia Gerber, Gigi Hadid, Helen Mirren, Olivia Palermo, Soo Joo Park, Holli Rogers, Nadja Swarovski, Amber Valletta, Lewis Hamilton, Simone Legno, Alton Mason, Alessandro Michele, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Wilson have designed their own interpretations.
The unique pieces will be on display at a private exhibition at the Maison Karl Lagerfeld on September 25, during Paris Fashion Week. The exhibition will then move to select Karl Lagerfeld stores worldwide.
“Karl always said that with everything you do, you need to surprise people,” says Carine Roitfeld, Style Advisor of KARL LAGERFELD and curator of the global tribute project. “This is a wonderful, creative way for us to honor his legacy. The overall reaction has been quite fun, and Karl would have loved that.”
The styles will be available to shop from September 26. Known for his quips and strong opinions, the tribute was inspired by his own quote: “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.”
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