A few months ago, the Karl Lagerfeld house announced the launch of 'A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project' to honour his memory and legacy. From Cara Delevingne, Alessandro Michele, Sébastien Jondeau to Kate Moss, Diane Kruger and Helen Mirren, dozens of celebrities, artists and personalities who were close to the designer came together to create their own interpretations of one of Lagerfeld's most cherished basics – the white shirt.
Lagerfeld had once said, “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.”
All of the reimagined white shirts were unveiled at Paris Fashion Week on September 25. Here are some of the designs that caught our eye.
“To even be associated with Karl is an absolute dream for me, and I hope that what I’ve designed in my shirt celebrates his incredible legacy and would make him proud. Here’s to you, #KarlLagerfeld, the godfather of fashion,” said Formula 1 driver and fashion icon Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton’s creation plays with shapes and silhouettes featuring multiple pockets (one on the left sleeve and two on the right side of the shirt) and a layered hem. It also features Lagerfeld’s name embroidered on the chest and on the collar.
Ronaldo reimagined the shirt with splotches of black paint on the arms and chest, a bold orange stripe at the bottom and both the designer and footballer’s favourite digit: the number seven.
Murakami’s take on the classic white shirt is a long tailcoat style design, adorned on the back and at the bottom with embroidered patches of flowers with skulls in the centre.
“Creating this tribute shirt was a very emotional experience for me. The artistic concept of my shirt is that you win if your work continues to be talked about for decades. If it doesn’t stand the test of time, you lose,” explained the artist.
Murakami’s shirt has since been sold out.
Hilfiger redid the iconic white shirt in the all-American brand’s signature colours of red, white blue with a special nod to the late designer - fingerless gloves.
“To be able to pay tribute to Karl through design is an honor. I was inspired by his lucky number, seven, which is represented through the seven stars on the shirt’s placket. We added the Tommy stripe detail to the shoulder and also reimagined his signature gloves in our classic colours of red, white and blue,” said the designer.
Nadja Swarovski, Executive Board member, Swarovski reimagined the classic white shirt with bejewelled cuffs and portrait of the iconic designer on the back crafted from 6,000 Swarovski crystals.
Reinventing The White Shirt
Each of the limited-edition runs will retail €777 (Rs. 59,829) a piece, and profits will be donated to the 'Sauver la Vie' foundation, a French charity that Lagerfeld has supported for many years which funds medical research at the Paris Descartes University.
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