First Edward Enninful was appointed Editor of Vogue UK and now the Ghanaian-American, Virgil Abloh, who launched his Off-White label not too long ago, was named the new men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton in March, 2018. It is a great time for diversity in fashion.
In a statement shared on Instagram, Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO said:
“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…His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton menswear into the future”.
Abloh, who said it was an honour for him to accept the position of men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton, stated that the heritage and creative integrity of the house were key inspirations, which he intended to reference while drawing parallels to modern times.
Described by Enninful, as “…one of the few designers who truly marries street culture with high fashion,” the Vogue editor also mentioned that his appointment was a step in the right direction for diversity, as well as a particularly exciting creative moment for the industry.
The 37-year-old Abloh interned with Kanye West in 2006 at Fendi and has steadily built a profile as a keen collaborator and creative designer with the rare ability to bring together street wear and luxury fashion
37-year-old Abloh’s profile has risen steadily since he first met Burke as a Fendi intern alongside long-time collaborator Kanye West in 2006 and his appointment marks a more consumer-lead shift for Louis Vuitton and its menswear line.
His fashion label, Off-White had their Autumn/Winter 2018 Ready to Wear Collection released earlier in March, this year. The style is edgy, luxurious and totally relatable. It’s the perfect marriage of street wear and luxury fashion.
Virgil Abloh was listed on Time 100 Most Influential People
According to acclaimed Japanese artist, Murakami,
“Off-White, is not a passing trend; rather, it shows how Virgil’s young followers, with their unclouded eyes, have been seeing right into the core of his creativity all along. With his appointment as artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s menswear, his full merit will be understood even more widely around the globe.”
Below are Pictures from Off-White’s latest collection
Images courtesy Glamafrica.com
Read more about Virgil Abloh at Vogue.com