Louis Vuitton presented the Spring Summer 2022 collection titled “VIRGIL WAS HERE,” in Miami on Tuesday, November 30th. Honoring their men’s artistic director and Off-White™ founder, Virgil Abloh, the collection pays tribute to the life and legacy of a creative genius.
Within my practice, I contribute to a Black canon of culture and art and its preservation. This is why, to preserve my own output, I record it at length.
– Virgil Abloh, July 2020.
American fashion designer and entrepreneur, Virgil Abloh passed away this Sunday, after a private battle with cancer. The 41-year-old, had been suffering from an aggressive form of cancer for two years.
Celebrities like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Kerwin Frost, Pharrell, Gunna, and Lil Baby were in a front raw, while Kid Cudi and Migos’ Quavo and Offset walked the runway wearing some of the Virgil’s LV classics. Abloh used to incorporate his industry friends in his projects – Kid Cudi, previously walked Virgil’s first Louis Vuitton show in 2018.
Stating the obvious is not in my nature, but I am a believer in the power of documentation. As I restart my engines at Louis Vuitton and take off for a future of new possibility, I look back at my port of departure. Under my artistic direction, I see my Louis Vuitton Men’s collections as my platform of nuance. I strive to employ fashion to reflflect and affffect ideals of inclusivity, unity and humanity. Through nuance, I believe in making my mark with poise, style and grace.
– a manifesto according to Virgil Abloh Chicago, July 2020.