Are you a religious person? Because it would take an absolute miracle to convince me that Virgil Abloh’s first collection as the creative director for Louis Vuitton was anything less than spectacular.
He might have a reputation as one of the calmest characters in the midst of the chaos especially before a show however prior to the event I think all of his followers (myself included) were on an emotional rollercoaster of anxiety and excitement in anticipation of the big reveal for the first ever black creative director of Louis Vuitton and we were not disapointed.
If you’ve been reading my posts since I the start of this site, you would probably have an inkling that I’m kind of a fan of Virgil Abloh. Not only because he is currently perceived as fashions “golden boy” or a creator or an influencer. True, he is that as well but System Magazine’s feature of him, last year said it all, “What is Virgil Abloh?”. He is not a who, he is a “what” simply because he is a force to be reckoned with.
My reaction to the show – Any less progressive/ironic and it wouldn’t have been him, any more and it wouldn’t have been LV - he delivered and then some and you better believe that we'll be lapping it up like a Bloody Mary on Saturday morning.
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Let's take a step back before the Nike and Ikea collabs, before he became the creative director of Louis Vuitton - his entire backstory is one that resonates with anyone and everyone who’s ever been in a situation where fashion was less than accessible to them (whether its that the internship at Helmut Lang or even the croc skin Chanel in the display cabinet its like an unrequited love story) - in this case of the creation of fashion. Virgil Abloh has proved that with hard work, anything is possible.
This is an individual who a few short years ago could not get into a Paris Fashion Week even as a spectator. When he attempted to see some shows even as the creative director for Kanye during his prime, he was turned down to something like 60% of shows, whether it was due for classism or racism is up for discussion but ultimately, it seemed impossible. However in a very satisfying turn of events, he is the highlight of the entire PWF, all the while ruling from the helm of one of the biggest luxury house in fashion. And he fully recognises how powerful his story is.
In his latest instagram post is a photo of him standing on the iconic PWK runway with the caption "You can do it too".
All hail the king.
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