'A Tribute to Karl' Launches in Support of Medical Charity

Carine Roitfeld’s design - Image Credit: wwd.com

Carine Roitfeld’s design - Image Credit: wwd.com

“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

As a touching tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld, friends and family from across the globe have come together to create their own interpretations of his iconic white shirt. Inspired by Karl’s lucky number, seven of these designs have been selected for sale. These designs include the work of Tokyo based artist Takashi Murakami and designer Tommy Hilfiger. Running with the theme of seven, 77 of each shirt will be produced and priced at €777 each. All proceeds will be donated to the charity Sauver la Vie, an organisation of which Karl was a long-time supporter.

Takashi Murakami’s design - Image Credit: wwd.com

Takashi Murakami’s design - Image Credit: wwd.com

Sauver la Vie was a photographic project created by Lagerfeld and Eric Pfrunder which highlights the work of the Paris Descartes doctors. This has resulted in the formation of a charity and an annual gala starting in 2016, hosting 300 guests and donors for causes relating predominantly to neurological and cancer research.

Although only seven of the designs will be available for purchase, all of the shirts will be showcased in a private exhibition at the Maison Karl Lagerfeld on September 25th, 2019. The exhibition will also available to view in selected stores worldwide, including the Karl Lagerfeld store in Harrods, London, on the 20th-25th November.

To read the tributes of those designers selected for the project, visit https://www.karl.com/gb/subhome/editorial_section

TEXT BY ISOBEL GORMAN-BUCKLEY