Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Louis Vuitton star designer Virgil Abloh dies after battle with cancer

Fashion’s highest-profile black designer and the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, Virgil Abloh, died of cancer on Sunday, Vuitton owner LVMH said.

The French luxury goods giant said 41-year-old Abloh had been battling cancer privately for years.

“Virgil was not only a talented designer, a visionary, he was also a man of beautiful soul and great wisdom,” LVMH’s billionaire boss Bernard Arnault said in a statement.

Abloh, a US citizen who also worked as a DJ and visual artist, was the men’s artistic director for Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury brand, since March 2018.

Her arrival at LVMH 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 style was adopted by the group as it sought to revitalize some of the labels and attract younger customers.

In July this year, LVMH expanded its role, giving them the mandate to launch new brands and partner with existing ones in a variety of areas beyond fashion.

LVMH also bought a 60% stake in Abloh’s Off-White Label, which it folded into the spirits-to-jewelry conglomerate.

“For more than two years, Virgil bravely battled cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer,” read a message posted on his Instagram. “He chose to endure his battles privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing several challenging treatments, operating several important institutions spanning fashion, art and culture.”

Abloh drew on messages of inclusivity and gender-fluidity to expand the popularity of the Louis Vuitton label, weaving themes of racial identity into her fashion shows with poetry performances and art installations.

To reach Asian consumers because of the coronavirus pandemic, the designer shipped her collection of colorful suits and utility-flavored outerwear to Shanghai last summer, after several labels canceled fashion shows.

“Virgil Abloh was the essence of modern creativity, which LVMH bought this year,” said Alexandre Arnault, one of Bernard Arnault’s sons and executive vice president of product and communications at US jeweler Tiffany’s.

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