The Maradona of fashion passed away. Maradona comes to my mind, but only for his uniqueness, diversity, ability to affect, unique talent.
For the rest, Virgil Abloh is without a doubt the most revolutionary fashion designer of the last 20 years. The one that brought streetwear into luxury, and luxury into streetwear, first founding, fleetingly, almost like a game Pyrex Vision, lasting 1 year, then giving life to Off-White, which from niche streetwear tunrned in a few years and by right into one of the most important luxury Maison and finally he was called to direct what is perhaps the most important luxury Maison in the world: Louis Vuitton.
Virgil is a unique figure: a black fashion designer in a field dominated by white designers, a straight man where homosexuals prevail (uniqueness of its kind), a self-taught training, without any ‘canonical’ path in luxury, but a degree in engineering and a masters in architecture.
And then, what matters most: the uniqueness of its results, and the impact on the market: revolutionizing the highest fashion by merging it with pop and street culture vibes, bringing sneakers, t-shirts and sweatshirts to the catwalk and making them very must-haves. have. He opened a breach that was then followed by almost all luxury brands.
As a must-have were his collections of him NIKE X OFF-WHITE, where he transformns classic models of Nike, Jordan and Converse making them cult pieces.
His forays into design are also unforgettable, such as collaborations with Ikea.
Also in Louis Vuitton it was extraordinary to bring his electric creativity without upsetting the brand’s DNA.
A figure who goes away at the age of 41, for a rare disease, a sarcoma that apparently hit him in the heart 3 years ago and against which he has decided to fight privately, until the end. Perhaps this explains some of his sudden breaks such as the one he took for about 2 months, where he disappeared, after the first Vuitton catwalk he directed
An immense pain for us at Wait, for the fashion community, for its many fans around the world. An even more bitter loss if we think of such a talented and revolutionary figure who, given his young age, could still have given us many surprises and emotions.
He leaves behind his wife Shannon, and their two children Gray and Loewe.
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