The White Shirt Project – A Tribute to Karl at Paris Fashion Week
The outpouring of goodwill in memory of Karl Lagerfeld culminates in a new exhibition at Paris Fashion Week
Back in July we reported on the project initiated by Maison KARL LAGERFELD to pay tribute to the man whose genius also touched Fendi and Chanel during his show-stopping illustrious career. The White shirt Project invited some of the best known names and faces from fashion, art and culture to individually customise the iconic crisp white shirt that Lagerfeld made so famous as part of his daily fashion uniform. Forty seven people were given the honour – including names like Winnie Harlow, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tommy Hilfiger, Gigi Hadid, Helen Mirren and Lil Buck – who all submitted creative and intensely personal designs.
These designs were finally exhibited to an excited public at the home of Maison KARL LAGERFELD in the heart of Paris during Paris Fashion Week. Naturally, with such an event at such a time and with such a purpose, it brought out the assembled great and the good for the spectacular launch of the exhibition on the 25th of September.
For the first time we were able to see loving graffiti style caricature of the great man that was on the design of the shirt by Alton Mason, the first black male model to ever walk a show for Chanel. It was also a theme echoed in Lil Buck’s more cartoon graphics representation, Kaia Gerber’s abstract art representation and Nadja Swarovski’s pencil drawing representation of the same idea.
“Karl always said that with everything you do, you need to surprise people. This is a wonderful, creative way for us to honour his legacy. The overall reaction has been quite fun, and Karl would have loved that.” – Carine Roitfeld, Style Advisor at KARL LAGERFELD and curator of the global tribute project.
Some of the notable other mentions should go to, first, illustrator Steve Wilson who channelled Karl’s love of photography and adorned his version of the shirt with large graphic images of the cameras Karl loved to to use throughout his long career.
Next, Sarah Andelman – founder of uber-cool Parisien fashion emporium – Collette, also channeled another of Karl’s loves, his beloved cat, Choupette, in her strangely affectionate abstract pencil design.
Despite the level of creative competition, however, only seven final design were chosen to be produced and go on sale at Farfetch, one of the world’s biggest fashion companies and a partner to Maison KARL LAGERFELD in this tribute. The seven chosen designs were:
Cara Delevingne (Already sold out)
Each of these shirts have been produced in limited runs of just 77 apiece and are now selling for €777 each, with all proceeds going to French medical research charity, Suaver la Vie – an organisation close to Lagerfeld’s own heart. In this way perhaps the most fitting tribute will be in the artistry and creativity inspired in others by the great man that will keep evolving and defining this era long into the future.
For more information of the Tribute to Karl shirts visit Karl.com here.
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