On November 3, 2021, it was a Virgil Abloh in great shape who, after having participated in Doha in the supervision and selection of the candidates for the Fashion Trust Arabia prize, launched a vibrant eulogy to diversity. To the young creators from all over the Arab world, he notably declared: “It is a great honor for me to stand before you this evening. Events like this remind me why fashion matters. Look at us: coming from all over the world, from different backgrounds and backgrounds, we have one thing in common: bringing beauty to the world. (…) I believe that fashion is at its best when it is diverse and tells multiple stories around one. During this event, he also did a DJ set, he who began his journey alongside Kanye West, and supervised the traveling exhibition “Figures of speach” given in the converted premises of the former fire station of Doha which presented, through its iconic objects and its diverted signage, an idea of its creative journey, its numerous collaborations with various commercial brands and artists (Nike, Evian and Ikea, Takashi Murakami to name but a few) and its plastic philosophy.
Winks at Kaws
So was Abloh, eager for contacts and fusions, an informed reader of the trends of his time, sometimes accused of plagiarism, but only to pay homage through his pastiches to works whose relevance he admires and dissects popularity. A few weeks later, weakened by his secret cancer, a cardiac angiosarcoma detected in 2019, he suffered from pneumonia from which he died on November 28, leaving millions of fans in disbelief and appalled. Louis Vuitton, whose men’s collections he has been directing since 2018, is in shock. Appointed at the head of this line just one year after winning the prestigious LVMH prize, and alongside his own Off-White brand founded in 2013, he is the first color designer, alongside the young artistic director of Balmain, Olivier Roustaing .
This hyperactive had, before his death, prepared for Louis Vuitton an entire spring-summer 2022 collection that the house had presented in Miami as a tribute, on November 30, 2021. Playful, colorful, mixing genres, promoting inclusion, Handing out nods to the artist’s character Kaws with his oversized ears and closed X’s eyes, the parade was dominated by the presence of a red hot air balloon ready to take off. As the parade ended, with all lights extinguished except for a rainbow of black light over the surrounding bleachers, a gigantic firework display whipped through the night, and Abloh’s hologram swept through the darkness. The show was called Virgil was here.
There were still
It’s an understatement to say that Abloh will continue, even absent, to influence fashion, but the most surprising thing is that Louis Vuitton still had a collection of Abloh, “95% finished”, under the sleeve. Staging, music, and of course clothes, everything had been designed and designed by the versatile creator whose initial training was in civil engineering and architecture. In Paris, during men’s fashion week, under the large glass roof of the Carreau du temple, the Louis Vuitton men’s fall-winter 2022 collection created by Abloh was revealed under the sign of a dream. The creator, who called for leaving aside his intelligence and listening to childhood within himself, had imagined a dreamlike house, half buried in the white ground, all the rooms of which were scattered around the place of the presentation. In the dining room played the orchestra of the inclusive group Chineke! On the stairs, a trampoline where the models (dancers and acrobats) threw themselves rhythmically and caught up on the steps. On the bed as big as a giant parental bed, characters reverted to childhood cavort. There are oversized caps, dresses, skirts, kaftans, serious jackets, sublimely sharp, in colors that are not, and oversized coats that join a confirmed trend for the next cold season. Streetwear is omnipresent, with its graffiti, its ennobled tracksuits. Everything takes place in an ethereal dimension, accentuated by the sky blue of the decor. The orchestra alternates classical, jazz and rap without warning, sometimes one inside the other. The parade comes to an end when sublime models appear wearing complex wings in suspenders. Everything happens as if Abloh were inviting the spectators to his paradise. The guests applaud standing, in tears. On the house’s YouTube channel, a fan writes, “I’ve never cried over clothes, but I did a few times with this show. Every look tells a story, drawing inspiration from historic eras of fashion, breaking down racial and gender barriers, becoming limitless. It’s phenomenal. It’s what so many of us were looking for in fashion, and Virgil made it not only beautiful but fun. »
On November 3, 2021, it was a Virgil Abloh in great shape who, after having participated in Doha in the supervision and selection of the candidates for the Fashion Trust Arabia prize, launched a vibrant eulogy to diversity. To the young creators from all over the Arab world, he notably declared: “It is a great honor for me to stand before you this evening. From…