Late designer Virgil Abloh’s ’emotional’ last show hits Paris


French fashion week kicked off on Thursday with the presentation of the last collection by trailblazing designer Virgil Abloh, who died at the age of 41 in a shocking fashion industry tragedy the previous year. Close to Kanye West, Abloh was the first black American to be appointed creative director of a major French fashion brand. He was responsible for introducing streetwear staples like hoodies and sneakers on the runway.

After a long fight with illness in his private life, this outstanding DJ, architect, and designer passed away in November. Kim Jones, the creative director of Dior, paid respect to the man who took over as creative director of Louis Vuitton in 2018.

“It’s going to be quite emotional,” Jones said before the performance at his Paris studio. “(Virgil and I) spent a year traveling across the globe together. I consider myself fortunate to have met him. It’s a complete waste of time to speculate about what he might have done.” He had everything meticulously planned out right up to the last minute.

You have to give him credit for his bravery in this situation.” Louis Vuitton performed the presentation twice on Thursday to accommodate the geographically separated spectators. According to the brand’s CEO, Michael Burke, the collection was 95 percent complete at Abloh’s death, according to industry publication WWD. That has given the corporation more time to find a suitable successor for the highly desired position — but it won’t be easy to equal Abloh’s street reputation. Mr. Serge Carreira, a fashion expert at Sciences Po University in Paris, said, “It is a decision that takes bravery, just as the choice of Virgil was adventurous.” I saw him embodying a new way of fashion that considered the broader culture and society and then combined it all. “He used less elitist allusions and talked to a diverse group of individuals,” Carreira said.

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‘Really Powerful’

Abloh, who previously operated his own massively successful Off White label before joining Louis Vuitton, was one of the pioneers of collaborations between brands, collaborating with companies such as Nike, Evian, and even Ikea, to create the Off White collection.

According to Bianca Saunders, a young British designer who debuted her first collection at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, “Virgil gave a lot of people the ability to be multidisciplinary and not be afraid to create whatever you wanted.” “Virgil gave a lot of people the ability to be multidisciplinary and not afraid to create whatever you wanted,” Saunders said.

“That was effective. He has impacted many people’s lives, and when I first met him, he struck me as such a kind person. “She spoke to AFP about her experience.

Former colleagues Samuel Ross and Heron Preston, Reebok designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, and British creative director Grace Wales Bonner are numerous people who have been tipped to step into Abloh’s shoes. Kanye West’s name has also been mentioned in connection with the investigation. 200 pairs of Nike Air Force 1 trainers created by Virgil Abloh will be auctioned off by Louis Vuitton, with a starting bid of 2,000 dollars for each pair. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the foundation’s “Post-Modern” program, supporting fashion students from African and Afro-American backgrounds. (AFP)


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