One fashion item that was a signature to the late Karl Lagerfeld, one that he wore religiously with a black silk tie, is the white shirt. The one fashion item that he once said, he wished he had invented. Because “Everything else comes after,” the iconic designer said to WWD.
Related to that, five months after the passing of the iconic designer, a group of his famous friends is joining forces to organize a tribute collection called The White Shirt Project. The project will be curated by Lagerfeld’s long-time friend and also preferred stylist, Carine Roitfeld. While, Diane Kruger, Tommy Hilfiger, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Amber Valetta, Lewis Hamilton, Alessandro Michele, Sebastien Jondeau, Takashi Murakami, and many more (people who knew Karl or inspired him during his lifetime) would design their interpretation of Lagerfeld’s famous white shirt.
All of the shirts will be displayed during Paris Fashion Week this coming September at Karl Lagerfeld’s headquarters on the Rue Saint-Guillaume, and seven designs will be replicated 77 times and sold for 777 euros each. The numbers are nodding to Lagerfeld’s affinity for the number seven (also his favorite arrondissement of Paris and the address of his bookshop on the Rue de Lille).
All proceeds from this project will go to Sauver La Vie (a charity funding Paris Descartes University’s medical research), which Lagerfeld has been supporting quietly for many years. Roitfeld said to WWD, the white shirt project would allow his friends to honor Lagerfeld’s 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,” she added. (WWD/V Magazine).