New Delhi: On Sunday, top US Fashion designer Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, died at age 41 subsequent to battling with cancer privately for a long time, the fashion and luxury house’s French owner (LVMH) declared the news.
Abloh, the first ever black American creative director of a top French design house, brought streetwear such as hoodies and sneakers to the catwalk.
He has risen above the fashion world and his untimely demise at the pinnacle of his career sent shockwaves across the world, with tributes pouring in from not only rival design houses but also celebrities and athletes.
“We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, but also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault said in his statement.
Kim Jones, the creative director of menswear at French style house Dior expressed his tribute towards him: “So sad to hear about the passing of dear Virgil, one of the kindest people you could ever meet.”
Luxury Italian design house Gucci hailed Abloh as an “immense inspiration to us all both as a designer and as a person. He will be deeply missed though his vision will live on through the trails that he blazed throughout his career,”
Abloh was chosen to be creative head of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection in the year 2018. His parents had moved to the United States from Ghana.
LVMH additionally declared recently it was taking a majority of stake in the luxury streetwear brand Off-White made by Abloh. LVMH took a 60% stake in Off-White and Abloh held 40%.