Virgil Abloh entered fashion with no formal training in the business. His credentials as Kanye West’s creative director and designer of a t-shirt project, Pyrex Vision, made him a curious case for the runway. Abloh, like many, introduced subversiveness and transformed the landscape of an industry that cured the hangovers of 2000s glam and chic heroine. His greatest contribution would be to bridge the gap between the street and high fashion with contemporaries like Demna Gvasalia and Heron Preston.
Soon Abloh’s iconic quotes and four-dot Off-White logo on sneakers, rugs, jackets and luggage was a sign of the immediate acceptance of the Chicago-based designer’s cool language. It didn’t take long before he was appointed artistic director of the men at Louis Vuitton. One of his most iconic catwalks for the legendary French house remains the Spring / Summer 2019 menswear show which made Kanye West shed tears of pride for what Abloh had achieved – a space for the black excellence shines in fashion.
On November 28, Abloh lost his private two-year battle with cancer, sending shock waves through the community he had fostered. Celebrities, influencers and senior members of the industry mourn the loss of the visionary who left too soon.
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