Style Naomi Campbell Honors Virgil Abloh on the Louis Vuitton Runway
“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” Gets a Refresh With Over 70 New Ensembles at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New works by Virgil Abloh, Halston, and Thom Browne have been added to The Costume Institute's exhibition about American style.Now, thanks to a mid-year refresh of the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibition, Bolton is able to give Abloh’s piece a central, new home. But the museum team got a surprise: At Off-White’s fall 2022 runway show in Paris, a celebration of Abloh’s legacy after his passing in November 2021, supermodel Debra Shaw wore another version of the piece The Met commissioned to close the show.
Paying tribute. On Thursday, January 20,celebrated the life of late friend Virgil Abloh by modeling the late artistic director’s final Louis Vuitton menswear collection during Paris Fashion Week.
The show was held at the Carreau du Temple, attended by “close friends” like Campbell, Tyler the Creator and, who gathered for the occasion to “celebrate his legacy,” per the fashion house.
But the 51-year-old supermodel didn’t only attend; she also got to work, surprising the crowd by closing out the Fall-Winter 2022 show — despite it being solely menswear-focused.
Mrs. Doubtfire Made a Cameo—in Balenciaga—at Paris Fashion Week
The question is: Who was underneath all of those prosthetics?The mysterious guest in disguise was Alexis Stone, a drag queen and professional “transformer,” who is known for their professional makeup skills and special-effects artistry. They currently have over 887,000 followers on Instagram and 199,000 on TikTok, all of whom watch Stone transform into characters that range from glamorous to grotesque (Stone also recently dressed up as Pete Davidson, and Freddy Krueger). This isn’t the first time Stone has transformed into Mrs. Doubtfire.
She managed to subtly ditch her front-row seat and rush backstage for a quick change before stepping out in a floor-length tailored men’s coat featuring what appears to be a diamond broach. She teamed the outerwear with a hat which she wore to the side and sneakers.
Video: Louis Vuitton honors late designer Virgil Abloh (Reuters)
The Louis Vuitton ensemble she debuted to sit in the front row was equally as iconic. The Empire star stunned in a tan and white shirt shirt dress teamed with matching trousers. She accessorized the statement number with oversized sunglasses, layered gold necklaces and white boots.
The Recording Academy Calls Virgil Abloh A “Hip Hop Fashion Designer”
How tone deaf can the industry be?Honoring Virgil Abloh at the Grammys wasn’t the problem, as he was very much a force across industries, including music. Abloh was a long time DJ before his fashion takeover and he even continued to DJ while working at Louis Vuitton and running Off-White, along with directing music videos and designing artwork for album covers. He was known for bridging the gap between music and fashion, and for heavily incorporating music genius into his fashion shows.
Of course, this isn’t Campbell’s first time walking for Abloh, but it is her first time doing so since his passing. Abloh died on November 28, 2021, after a private two-year battle with cancer. He was 41.
Campbell — who was a close friend of the designer for years — shared several tributes to the late designer in the wake of his death. One read: “Today is not the end, it’s the beginning of your beautiful and young legacy. “You always said you were an engineer and Architect can’t wait to see what you have in store for the world. This side and the other.”
This is the second Louis Vuitton show to take place following Abloh’s passing. The label also held aon November 30 “per his wishes” at Miami Art Basel that showcased his Spring-Summer 2022 collection.
The Off-White founder and CEO was named the French fashion house’sin 2018. “I feel elated,” he told in line with the announcement. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams.”
He continued: “And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”
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