Virgil Abloh Tells Louis Vuitton’s Story of Fashion

His men’s wear models mirrored the world. And so did the clothes.
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Virgil Abloh Taps Stylist Christine Centenera for Louis Vuitton Debut

RECRUITING DOWN UNDER: Virgil Abloh is working with Australian stylist and Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera for his debut Louis Vuitton men’s collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21, WWD has learned.
According to her sole international agent —Ben Hams at the Sydney-based agency M.A.P. —  Centenera is consulting to Louis Vuitton’s newly appointed men’s wear artistic director on his spring collection, will be styling the show and has been back and forth between her New York base and Paris working on the project since April. On Friday, she was en route to Paris for the final show preparations, Hams said.
Although Centenera has worked with Vogue Australia since 2012 — from 2016, based out of New York — she has also been building a parallel freelance styling career. Other clients have included Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Estée Lauder, for the latter’s fall 2017 Victoria Beckham collection campaign shot by Lachlan Bailey. Centenera met Abloh while both were working with West.
Centenera has consulted to West on all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women’s wear show in 2011. At the time she was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Abloh was the creative director of West’s creative agency, Donda.
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Virgil Abloh, Kim Jones Design Nike World Cup Collections

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones both have relationships with soccer — or football.
Jones has said he really doesn’t like football but appreciates the aesthetics. For his World Cup collection for Nike, he wanted to rework the typical uniform and infuse London punk style of the Seventies and Eighties into the collection.
Titled “Football Reimagined,” the assortment includes training shorts, hoodies, jackets and a pair of the Nike x Kim Jones Air Max 360 High.

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“That whole punk era was all about proportions that gave power to the wearer. I was inspired by the idea of DIY of the time — cutting up and putting things back together — to create something new,” Jones said.
Abloh recalls high school soccer matches and for his collection, titled “Football, Mon Amour,” he mixed lifestyle with sport typography and designed the Nike x Off-White Zoom Fly Mercurial Flyknit.
“The great thing about the vocabulary and history of football is that aesthetically it has its own look,” Abloh said. “I was always inspired by the way European teams have a sponsor printed over the chest. When I was working on this collection, I wanted to celebrate the different variants of typography.”
Jones’ collection will be released

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Louis Vuitton Names Virgil Abloh as Its New Men’s Wear Designer

In Mr. Abloh, Louis Vuitton has hired its first African-American designer and a street wear specialist for its growing luxury men’s line.
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Virgil Abloh, Gwendoline Christie and the Beckhams Attend Kim Jones’ Final Show for Louis Vuitton Men’s

UNITED FRONT: Showing their support, guests including Gwendoline Christie, Xavier Dolan and Brazilian soccer champion Neymar Jr. turned out to take in the final show of Louis Vuitton men’s designer Kim Jones on Thursday.
Joining them were designers Maria Grazia Chiuri, Stefano Pilati, Victoria Beckham, Olivier Rousteing and Virgil Abloh, who delivered “a personal message for Kim.”
“What an amazing tenure, he has always been one of my favorite designers and his gift to the world of men’s fashion will be forever remembered. Super excited to see what he goes on to do,” he said.
“Excited to see what he’ll be doing next,” echoed Beckham, who took in the show with her husband and son, David and Brooklyn Beckham, eyeing up one of the leather jackets with cherry blossom embroidery.
“It’s been an amazing journey for him and, of course, it’s not over yet. He’s just at the beginning of his career,” said Stephen Jones.
Blending with the set, Ambush’s Yoon Ahn, who is a close friend of Jones’, wore a dress in the same print that was used to cover the runway, based on an aerial view of Kenya. “Departures are not necessarily a sad thing, he’s done such an amazing job for Vuitton, he has contributed

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Virgil Abloh to Take ‘Temperature’ of Our Times at Pitti

MILAN — “Imagination plus clothing to me equals art.”
That equation forms the basis of Off-White’s philosophy, according to Virgil Abloh, the brand’s founder and creative director.
And fashion and art are definitely instrumental to “open people’s minds, change the context,” as the eclectic artist and designer explained during an interview at the Cardi Black Box art gallery here, which had been transformed into the company’s temporary headquarters. Abloh and his team are currently working on the men’s runway show the brand will host in Florence on June 15, as a special guest of the 92nd edition of Pitti Uomo.
“I’m super inspired by being asked to show at Pitti because I feel like it’s a great institution within fashion to highlight designers that are doing relevant work,” said Abloh, who is taking part in the Florentine fashion calendar for the first time. “For Pitti, being asked is a sort of [acknowledgment] that a new style in fashion has arrived. And, to me, I’m thankful to be given that stage to do this concept.”
But the location and its tradition, while definitely pushing Abloh to develop a collection “showing the tension between sartorial and streetwear,” as he explained, weren’t the designer’s only sources of inspiration. Abloh highlighted “I’m

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Virgil Abloh, Tom Sachs on the Fashion Industry, Trump and Creative Processes

“Me in fashion is sort of a joke,” said Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White and Kanye West’s creative right-hand man. “I don’t take it that seriously.”
Abloh made the comment during the Apolis’ Speaking Series with Tom Sachs and Barneys New York’s creative ambassador Simon Doonan, who moderated the chat.
The talk, which took place at Apolis’ TriBeCa location, began with 20 rapid-fire questions covering everything from the underwear they wear — Abloh prefers Supreme black boxers while Sachs wears Zimmerli boxer briefs — to how they self-soothe — e-mails for Abloh and Amazon Prime for Sachs. But the discussion eventually moved into deeper territory when they expounded on their creative processes, their feelings about Trump and fashion in general. Here, the highlights.
On creating Off-White:
Virgil Abloh: For me it’s one big art project. And it’s these clothes and the things that I make that are just sort of a means to paint a bigger picture that fashion should have a brand that has someone behind it that cares about different context, different social things and different landscapes.
On hating fashion — but not really hating it:
Tom Sachs: I don’t know if I’m against fashion. I love the way Chanel looks on my wife.

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