Style Louis Vuitton to Present Virgil Abloh’s Final Collection 2 Days After Death
Pharrell Williams leads tributes as stars mourn loss of Virgil Abloh
Abloh's death was announced on Instagram Sunday with a lengthy caption revealing he battled cardiac angiosarcoma for two years. 'We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,' the caption said. 'He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.'Pharrell took to Twitter with a tribute to the Off-White designer: 'My heart is broken.
A lasting legacy. Following news thatpassed away on Sunday, November 28, after a private battle with cancer, Louis Vuitton announced that they will honor the late designer, who served as the artistic director for the menswear line, by presenting his final collection for the fashion house.
The brand will pay tribute to Abloh by showcasing his Spring-Summer 2022 collection in Miami on Tuesday, November 30. The brand took to Instagram to issue a statement from the CEO and chairman Michael Burke.
Virgil Abloh, Bold Designer of Men’s Wear, Dies at 41
Virgil Abloh, the barrier-breaking Black designer whose ascent to the heights of the traditional luxury industry changed what was possible in fashion, died on Sunday in Chicago. He was 41. The cause was cancer, according to Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury group that bought a majority stake in Mr. Abloh’s Off-White brand this year. The artistic director of Louis Vuitton men’s wear as well as the founder of his own company, Mr. Abloh was a prolific collaborator with outside brands from Nike to Evian, and a popular fashion theorist whose expansive and occasionally controversial approach to design inspired comparisons with everyone from Andy Warhol to Jeff Koons.
“It is with profound sorrow that I learned of the passing of Virgil Abloh. Virgil was not only a friend, great collaborator, creative genius, visionary and disruptor, but also one of the best cultural communicators of our times,” he captioned a video of a little boy riding his bike. “He paved the way for future generations. As a devoted supporter of his community through his charities and passions, he was an eternal optimist who believed anything was possible.”
Burke went on to say that “per his wishes,” a final show would be put on in Miami.
Abloh’s death came as a shock to Hollywood, as he kept his battle against a “rare, aggressive form of cancer” a secret. “He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art and culture,” a statement released on his Instagram page read.
Influential and pioneering fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41
Abloh is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their two children, Lowe and Grey.According to a statement posted on his Instagram page, the cause of death for Abloh was a “rare, aggressive form of cancer,” something he privately battled for two years.
Once news broke, celebrities, models and fashion designers came out to share their shock and sorrow.
Victoria Beckham shared a photo of the designer to her Instagram page with the caption: “A true inspiration in so many ways. Rest in peace @virgilabloh. Sending love and light to your beautiful family. We will all miss you so very much.”
Gigi Hadid also took to Instagram to pay tribute to her “dear friend.” “His kindness and energetic generosity left a lasting impression on every life he touched — he made everyone feel seen and special. He will be deeply missed, cherished and celebrated by me and all the people and industries that have been lucky enough to work around & know the true supernova behind this man,” she started off her caption.
Abloh had quite the impressive career. After interning at Fendi alongside Kanye West in 2009, he went on to not only serve as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection from 2018 until his passing, but also as the founder and CEO of Off-White.
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