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.Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019)
Earlier in July, we announced that a global community of creative talents including Karl Lagerfeld’s closest friends and collaborators were all coming together for ‘A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project’ initiative, celebrating the German couturier’s legacy by creating personal reinterpretations of his favourite iconic design: the white shirt.
The seven selected designs — brought to life by by Carine Roitfeld, Cara Delevingne, Tommy Hilfiger, Sébastien Jondeau, Diane Kruger, Kate Moss and Takashi Murakami — have just landed, each replicated in a limited quantity of 77 pieces and exclusively sold at Karl.com and Farfetch.com at the price of €777 (approx. HK$6,665).
This number seven was chosen not only because it was the late designer’s lucky number, but also because it coincidently represented many of his favourite elements in life, such as his favourite arrondissement in Paris and also the name of his bookshop and publishing house: 7L.
Roitfeld, curator of the project as well as the style advisor to maison Karl Lagerfeld, inserted a corset and open-front to hers for a punk-meets-couture finish, while model and long-time friend Kate Moss printed a poem she wrote. Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, meanwhile, added tonal white flower-and-skull embroideries along the shoulders and rear, and fellow designer Tommy Hilfiger blended his own aesthetics into the design with Tommy stripe details and seven stars — in his signature colours of red, white and blue — adorning each side of the placket. Crafted from cotton poplin, these shirts all feature high stand collars and thick cuffs, a direct reference to the look of the late designer.
All seven tribute shirts are now available online, with proceeds from the sales going to the Sauver La Vie charity initiative for medical research at the Paris Descartes University, one that Lagerfeld secretly supported for many years.