Louis Vuitton Designer And Off-White Founder Virgil Abloh Dies At 41 Of Cancer.
The death of Virgil Abloh’s at the height of his career shocked the world with the tributes pouring in from rival design houses.
Top Famous US Fashion Designer Virgil Abloh, chief designer of Louis Vuitton’s men’s collection, died on Sunday at the age of 41 after a fight, announced the French owner of the fashion and luxury house LVMH.
As the first creative black American designer of the big French fashion house, Abloh presented clothes such as hoodies and sneakers to the catwalk.
He crossed the world of fashion and he died immediately at the end of his career to the astonishment of the world. The praise of theaters created as well as artists and athletes for the man seen as a human vision arose.
LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault said in a statement: “We are all stunned by this horrible news. Virgil is not only an artist and director, but also a good man. “The LVMH family has joined me at this sad moment and we all mourn the loss of loved ones after the death of a husband, father, relative or friend,” he said. he added in a statement on LVMH’s Twitter account.
The group said it had been battling leukemia “humanly” for years.
Abloh has been appointed artistic director of the 2018 Louis Vuitton men’s collection. His parents emigrated to the United States from Ghana.
LVMH announced earlier this year that it will receive the majority of off-White luxury street clothing designed by Abloh. LVMH owns 60% off-white and Abloh 40%.
Abloh spoke about both the environment and the relationship in his work with Louis Vuitton, presenting anti-apartheid and anti-homophobic remarks at the January show in Paris.
He said earlier this year that he plans to use the partnership with LVMH “to expand diversity and promote greater justice and inclusion in the industries in which we operate.”
“It’s sad to hear of the passing of one of the best people you’ll ever meet,” said Kim Jones, fashion director for French fashion house Dior.
Rival Italian luxury fashion house Gucci describes Abloh as “a great inspiration to all of us as designers and individuals”.
“His vision will be on fire throughout his career, but he will be gone,” Gucci added on his Twitter account.
‘No one will forget impact’
The acknowledged king of luxury streetwear, Abloh had established himself within a few years as one of the most sought after designers in the world.
His trademark was a style reflecting street culture, with sneakers and sweatshirts, but also an easily recognisable logo, made of oblique black and white bands. He enjoyed successful collaborations with the likes of Nike, Jimmy Choo and Moncler.
Virgil Abloh created his first label, Pyrex Vision, in 2012.
A year later, Off-White was born, a luxury streetwear brand, which won a following through its eye-catching branding before evolving towards more “couture” creations.
Abloh was one of a handful of fashion designers who had a close following well beyond the industry and was a celebrity name in his own right. Tributes immediately came in from celebrities around the world.
“RIP VIRGIL ABLOH. No one will forget the impact you had. God bless you my friend,” tweeted French football star Kylian Mbappe.
US singer Pharrell Williams wrote on Instagram: Virgil you were a kind, generous, thoughtful creative genius your work as a human and your work as a spiritual being will live forever.
“Sending love and light to your wife, children, family… you’re with the Master now, shine.”
British actor Idris Elba wrote on Twitter: “Too soon Virgil. You will be missed from this world man.” Fellow British actor Riz Ahmed added that Abloh had “stretched culture” and “changed the game”, helping to “reimagine what’s possible”.
French actor Omar Sy, famed for his role in the Netflix series Lupin, wrote simply on Twitter: “Rest in Power Virgil.”