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Entertainment Idris Elba Honors Virgil Abloh at Fashion Awards 2021: 'The Fashion Industry Lost a Legend'

05:10  30 november  2021
05:10  30 november  2021 Source:   people.com

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The 2021 Fashion Awards took place in sombre circumstances on Monday night following the news that the designer Virgil Abloh had died on Sunday aged 41. The actor Idris Elba opened proceedings by paying tribute to Abloh , who was named one of 15 “leaders of change” at the awards , accolades that British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, author Kenya Hunt and designers Harris Reed and Telfar Clemens were among the other 14 industry figures honoured in the leaders of change lineup. The remainder of the awards had been announced in the run-up to the ceremony, which was hosted

The British Fashion Council's usually glitzy annual awards honoured a host of prominent industry names in sombre style on Monday following the death of Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh . The 2021 ceremony, at London's Royal Albert Hall, saw Kim Jones win "designer of the year", for Dior Men and Fendi, and Tommy Hilfiger lauded with the "outstanding achievement award ". Meanwhile, British designer Stella McCartney and editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful were among 15 recognised as "leaders of change".

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Late designer Virgil Abloh was saluted for his influence and creativity at The Fashion Awards 2021.

Idris Elba also paid tribute to late designer Virgil Abloh at The Fashion Awards 2021 by reciting Maya Angelou's poem © Edward Berthelot/Getty Idris Elba also paid tribute to late designer Virgil Abloh at The Fashion Awards 2021 by reciting Maya Angelou's poem "When Great Trees Fall"

Actor Idris Elba took the stage just ahead of the event with a special tribute Monday, stating, "I lost a friend, his wife lost a husband, the fashion industry lost a legend, and the world lost a special human being."

He remembered Abloh as "one of the few people I could have a conversation [with] about multitasking," adding, "But he didn't do it for the fame or the money, he did it to inspire others."

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Top fashion designer Virgil Abloh , the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, died on Sunday at the age of 41 from cancer, the fashion and luxury house’s French owner LVMH has announced. Abloh , the American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants who became fashion ’s highest-profile Black Your understanding of fashion bridged a gap, attracting a new audience that revered your designs.” Veteran designer Donatella Versace said she was “ lost for words” at Abloh ’s death. “The world has lost a fashion superstar,” she said. “An innovator. A creator for the history books.

The fashion designer also oversaw the artwork for some of Ye’s most acclaimed album covers including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus and his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch The Throne. Virgil Abloh and Naomi Campbell. Other celebrities paid tribute to Abloh , who was both the creative director of Off-White and the menswear creative director for Louis Vuitton, focusing on his originality and unique ability to play havoc with the worlds of fashion and music. “The teachable lesson here is disrupt,” wrote the musician and film director Questlove on Instagram, “provoke.

He recited the poem "When Great Trees Fall" by Maya Angelou and concluded, "Those who know Virgil know he would want us to have a good time. Tonight's entire show is dedicated to Virgil Abloh's life."

Abloh was also one of 15 designers, brands, creatives, and individuals recognized as leaders of change at The Fashion Awards 2021. The event acknowledged Abloh and other fashion icons like Stella McCartney and Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele for their influence in helping the environment, people, and creativity over the past year.

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The honor comes one day after Abloh's family announced his passing on Instagram Sunday.

"We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. 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," the post read.

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Virgil Abloh , the Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder of the Off-White, died from cancer aged 41, it was announced on Sunday. The French fashion house’s parent company LVMH described Vigril Abloh as a “genius” and a “visionary”. The US designer came to prominence as Kanye West’s creative director but later made history as the 41 years old is such a tender age, and he had so much more to give, but he leaves behind a legacy he can be so very proud of. May his creativity and fearlessness to dream outside of every box live on forever. A true inspiration. Rest In Power Virgil Abloh .

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died from an aggressive form of cancer. The 41-year-old, who was the Louis Vuitton menswear designer and founder of cult label Off-White, was described on his Instagram page as "a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend". The statement continued: "For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma.

The statement revealed that Abloh "valiantly battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma" after deciding "to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019."

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The statement said that he suffered "numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture."

"Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design," his family added. "He often said, 'Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,' believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations."

His close friend, Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, dedicated his Sunday Service to Abloh just hours later.

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Tragic: The Fashion Awards will no doubt pay tribute to Winnie's late friend Virgil Abloh who ' Virgil , I am lost for words,' Versace said on Instagram. 'The world has lost a fashion superstar. Legend : Virgil was Louis Vuitton's first black artistic director and a close friend of many in the Abloh began his fashion career in 2009 when he interned for Fendi in Rome, Italy, alongside West, Vogue reported.

Virgil Abloh , the Louis Vuitton artistic director and founder of the Off-White fashion label, has died from cancer aged 41, it has been announced. Revealing the news, the French fashion house's parent company LVMH described Abloh as a "genius" and a "visionary". The US designer came to prominence as Kanye West's creative director but later made history as the first African-American to lead Louis Vuitton. Abloh was often hailed as one of the most influential designers in the fashion industry but was also a DJ and an artist, and had degrees in civil engineering and architecture.

"In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Donda," West, 44, wrote in a message that remained on the site after the event.

During the service, West's choir performed a revised version of Adele's latest single "Easy on Me" from her new album 30.

For the first verse, the choir delivered a modified set of lyrics. "I know your love flows like a river, and I could wash myself in it forever," they sang. "I know there is hope in these waters, but I can't bring myself to swim when I am drowning in my sin."

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The chorus was changed to: "Go easy on me, father. I am still your child, and I need a chance to feel your love around."

Kim Kardashian West also grieved the loss on Instagram Tuesday. She captioned a carousel of special memories, "God doesn't make mistakes. I know that but I still can't help but ask why. Why Virgil?! Why him so soon? it's simply hard to understand why. I have a hard time understanding why so many pure souls were taken away so early."

She added that Abloh was "always so gentle, kind and calm" and "somehow made time for everyone."

Kanye West Dedicates His Sunday Service to Virgil Abloh: 'In Loving Memory'

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"We also talked about your superpower of calmness often," Kardashian West continued. "You always gave so much of yourself to the world because you wanted it to be doper. This one is hard to process. I can't even believe I am writing this… We will miss you so much Virgil and love you so much."

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She ended by sending "so much love" to Abloh's wife Shannon and their children, Lowe and Grey. "Because you loved and supported Virgil the way that you did, he was able to give so much of himself everyone else," she wrote. "So thank you truly for sharing him with us the way that you did. Virgil's legacy will live on forever through Shannon, Lowe and Grey. ????"

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Attend Virgil Abloh's Final Louis Vuitton Show with Daughter North .
Exes Kim Kardashian and Kanye West came together to celebrate the creative genius of their longtime friend Virgil Abloh at the late designer's final Louis Vuitton presentation in Miami Kanye, 44, and Kim, 41, were seen front row at the Spring/Summer 2022 Louis Vuitton menswear presentation in Miami on Tuesday evening with their daughter North, 8, sitting in between them. Before the show began, Kim posted a few photos on her Instagram Story, including a sand sculpture of Abloh and an enormous, red Louis Vuitton-branded hot air balloon.

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