Virgil Abloh's Final Louis Vuitton Collection Debuts In Honor Of The Late Designer
Abloh’s team bowed in his place at the end of the show and received a standing ovation in honor of the fashion icon.
January 20, 2022 at 9:56 pm
Louis Vuitton paid tribute to the late Virgil Abloh in a fashion show for his final collection, BBC reports.
Abloh, who was the artistic director of the French fashion powerhouse, had his final menswear line shown on the catwalk on Thursday in Paris.
The show’s concept centered on a Mayan blue set called the “Louis Dreamhouse.” It featured mimes, break-dancers, gender-breaking moments and a 20-piece orchestra called Chineke, Fashion Network reports.
"I don't believe in gender, I believe in design," Abloh was quoted saying in the show's notes, according to BBC.
Prior to the show, Kim Jones, a Dior designer who Abloh replaced at Louis Vuitton in 2018, said “[The tribute’s] going to be very emotional," according to the BBC.
"[Virgil and I] traveled the world together. I feel very lucky to have known him. It's such a waste to think what he would have done," she continued. "He planned everything so perfectly up to the last minute. You have to commend him, he was so brave in it.”
Traditionally, designers bow during the last walk-through. However, Abloh’s team bowed in his place and received a standing ovation in honor of the fashion icon.
He died at the age of 41 after having cancer privately for several years, as Blavity previously reported.
"Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom," Bernard Arnault, chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, said in a statement, according to The New York Times.
Two hundred pairs of Abloh’s special trainers that originated from his partnership with Nike are set to be auctioned off at New York’s Sotheby’s. Money raised will go to Abloh's scholarship fund specifically designed to help Black students and those of African descent. Bidding begins next week with Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 trainers starting at $2,000.