July 2019

Carine Roitfeld is joining the likes of Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne in creating the ultimate tribute to Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld once said, “If If you ask 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.” And now some of the biggest names in the industry are coming together to show their gratitude and admiration for the beloved designer.

The French fashion house announced the launch of ‘A Tribute to Karl: The White Shirt Project’ an initiative which involves a whole host of celebrities designing their own interpretation of the white shirt. In celebration of his legacy, friends of Karl – including actors, models and designers – have been invited by Carine Roitfeld, to create their own version of the timeless piece. “When I think of Karl’s most iconic designs from his career, I always I think of his white shirts. This tribute will allow us to honour his 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,” said Carine, who shared a long-term professional and personal relationship with Karl.


As well as Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne, the likes of Diane Kruger, Alessandro Michele and Lewis Hamilton will also be designing bespoke versions of Karl’s iconic white shirt. Although all of the shirts will be displayed at an exhibition at the Maison Karl Lagerfeld during Paris Fashion Week in September, only seven of the final designs will go into production. 77 of each of the final pieces will be produced and sold for charity at €777 each – seven was, of course, Karl’s lucky number. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to the French charity Sauver La Lie – a charity which the designer supported for a number of years.

  • Words by Elaine Lloyd-Jones
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