Louis Vuitton Shows Virgil Abloh’s Final Collection at Paris Fashion Week
In SummaryLouis Vuitton honored its late artistic director of menswear by hosting his last fashion in collaboration with his closest friends and peers.
Luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton paid tribute to the late Virgil Abloh with a presentation of his final collection on Thursday in Paris.
Abloh died on Nov. 28, 2021, after a private two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. The trailblazing designer’s death took the world by surprise. A few days later, Louis Vuitton moved forward with his previously scheduled fashion show in Miami, “Virgil Was Here,” a showcase of Abloh’s Spring-Summer 2022 collection that many believed was his last event. Known for his unmatched work ethic, the cultural purveyor had finished most of the Fall-Winter 2022 collection before his passing.
According to CNN, the collection was presented in a repeat format at the Carreau du Temple in Paris for press and influencers then for his family and friends.
The show featured a sunken house and oversized bed, with violinists and performers who bounced back and forth from a staircase. The show had a surreal and spiritual aspect featuring models in white suits with large angel wings made of white lace. Abloh was known to bring in other elements of streetwear into his work.
Tyler, the Creator attended the show and composed a serene score featuring an arrangement by Arthur Verocai performed by the Chineke! Orchestra. The show closed out with a remake of Tyler’s 2017 song, “See You Again.”
Venus Williams and Naomi Campbell, who surprised the crowd by also closing out the menswear show in honor of her friend, also attended the show. Guests paid tribute to former fashion editor and icon André Leon Talley, who died on Wednesday.
The show was a consolidation of the themes and messages Abloh conveyed through his eight seasons at the high-end brand. In 2018, the Ghanian-American became LV’s first-ever Black artistic director for menswear. He is one of three Black designers, including Olivier Rousteing (Balmain, 2011-present) and Ozwald Boateng (Givenchy, 2003-2007), in history to head French heritage houses.
Abloh was arguably fashion’s most prolific Black designer and contributed to spreading streetwear culture across all his collaborations, including Nike, Ikea, Mercedez-Benz and many more.