Louis Vuitton honours late designer Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh
Virgil Abloh

Louis Vuitton paid tribute to Virgil Abloh with a presentation of his final collection Thursday in Paris, using a strange setting that included a sunken house and an immense bed.

At the end of the presentation, models ambled around the set, some donning white wings, and embraced one another, while the audience gazed in awe.

Virgil Abloh
Models present creations by late designer Virgil Abloh as part of his Fall/Winter 2022 collection show for fashion house Louis Vuitton during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, France, January 20, 2022. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura

Abloh, the American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants who rose to prominence as fashion’s most visible Black designer and the creative force behind Louis Vuitton’s menswear designs, passed away in November after a two-year struggle with a rare form of cancer.

Abloh’s arrival at LVMH in 2018 marked the marriage between streetwear and high-end fashion, mixing sneakers and camouflage pants with tailored suits and evening gowns.

His influences included graffiti art, hip hop and skateboard culture.

The show was meant to “consolidate the themes and messages of the eight-season arc” created by the designer at the luxury house, according to the LVMH-owned label.


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