Louis Vuitton has announced Virgil Abloh, the hip-hop stylist behind Kanye West’s looks, as their new Men’s Artistic Director. In a post on Twitter, the French fashion house also unveiled that “His first show will take place in June during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.” Since Abloh is well-known and popular among the masses for bringing a cool factor into all the collaborations has created, everyone is ecstatic with this news.
Abloh’s resume boasts a lot of qualifications, including his works as a sneaker designer and a DJ. “I think of it as kind of the ultimate collaboration,” Abloh told The New York Times. After all, LV is a very old and high-end luxury fashion house and their choice to have Abloh on board seems like a promising one with the 28-year-old having a huge following in real and on Instagram.
In a statement, Abloh expressed, “It is an honor for me to accept the position of men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times.” Abloh has also been nominated for the Designer of the Year category for the 2018 CFDA Awards.
“Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today,” said Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton, in a statement.
Virgil Abloh now holds the title of the first black designer for the brand. The streetwear designer of Off-White further said in the interview with NYT, “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.”