Virgil Abloh is planning a Louis Vuitton collection influenced by late King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Music fan Virgil recently chatted with Interview magazine about how he loves to have tunes blaring when he’s creating in his studio, and shared that Michael’s songs are having a particular influence on him right now.
“I can’t work in my studio without music,” he told the publication. “I don’t like silence. I’m listening to John Coltrane. I’m listening to Miles Davis. But I’m also listening to whatever new rap is coming out that week. I have teams in Milan, Italy, London, and America, so as long as I have a fully charged iPhone, I feel like I can change the world. I’m talking on that phone, but I’m also constantly listening to music.
“My next Louis Vuitton collection is going to be based on Michael Jackson, and when I have Michael singing in the background, it’s a different type of shirt, it’s a different kind of boot, it’s a different fit of pants. Music is key.”
The Off-White founder, who won the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2018 on Monday night (10Dec18), took over from Kim Jones as the artistic director of menswear at the French label in March.
For the Interview piece, Virgil also interviewed Young Thug, along with editor Thom Bettridge, with the trio talking about how the face of fashion has drastically changed in recent years.
“When me and Kanye (West) first went to fashion shows, they wouldn’t let us in,” Virgil recalled. “We’d have to get back in the car and drive around the block. Now this collective of us is the whole culture. How we wear clothes and how we make our art is what rock ‘n’ roll was for previous generations.
“We are the ones extending it,” the Ride for Me rapper added.
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