Virgil Abloh wants to represent a generation

Virgil Abloh aspires to represent a generation with his fashion designs.The founder of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear department was first inspired to make clothing more representative after being refused entry to several s…

Virgil Abloh aspires to represent a generation with his fashion designs.

The founder of Off-White and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear department was first inspired to make clothing more representative after being refused entry to several shows back in 2009 during a visit to Paris Fashion Week with Kanye West.

Back then, Abloh discovered that the industry “wasn’t particularly welcoming”, but he has been driven ever since to make sure young designers and fashion fans aren’t excluded.

“I don’t know how many shows I’ve done since 2016 but it’s been enjoyable to define the space that I would perceivably be put in,” he told Dazed magazine. “My motivation this whole time has been to represent for a generation – I’m still thinking about the kid that couldn’t get into fashion shows.”

Abloh believes streetwear has helped to promote diversity and inclusivity in the business, and has worked together with the likes of Shayne Oliver from Hood by Air to create a “new atmosphere”.

“I’ve never been one that felt like the doors were closing – I’m an optimist so I don’t even recognise that, that’s how I got to where I’m at. I think that what helped it along was streetwear was also a global concept,” the 39-year-old stated.

Despite acknowledging the success of his streetwear, Abloh confessed he was initially disappointed that his clothing was described as that by the press.

“From that frustration, I decided if ‘streetwear’ was gonna be the sign of the times I was gonna define it rather than be defined by it. I needed to do a show to define what ‘streetwear’ could be, and do it with urgency, you know,” he added.

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Virgil Abloh: ‘Working for a fashion house felt like an impossible dream’

Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh never thought he’d be designing for a prestigious fashion house because of his upbringing. The 39-year-old entered the world of international fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 before going on to found his own lab…

Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh never thought he’d be designing for a prestigious fashion house because of his upbringing.

The 39-year-old entered the world of international fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 before going on to found his own label Off-White in 2013 and become the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear department in March 2018.

But in an interview with Dazed, the designer admitted he never thought he would work for a luxury fashion house.

“To come from designing a graphic T-shirt in 2012 to making it to a house to design a collection… As a young black kid from Rockford, Illinois, from immigrant parents from Ghana, West Africa, that was like, impossible, you know?” he recalled. “Like, categorically not gonna happen in a lifetime. I thought that fashion was one of those industries that would reinforce people feeling that ‘This isn’t for you’, ‘If you don’t have this shirt, you’re not in the club.'”

After his debut fashion show for Louis Vuitton in June 2018, Abloh posted a picture of himself taking his final bow on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “You can do it too.”

Accordingly, he explained in the chat that he wanted to inspire others to reach for seemingly impossible dreams too.

And the fashion star considers that show to be one of the most fulfilling moments of his career because he could use the Louis Vuitton platform to express himself.

“To me it was about making like an art piece of fashion, using the megaphone that is Louis Vuitton, one of the oldest brands in Paris, to have the first models that came out, look like me, dressed in all white on a prism coloured runway show in daylight,” Abloh continued. “I wanted to make a statement and use the clothes to power that and I feel fulfilled that that body of work came out the way it did and when it did.”

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Virgil Abloh predicts death of streetwear over next decade

Virgil Abloh has predicted that the streetwear trend will “die” in the next 10 years.The 39-year-old designer, who is famed for his casual clothing creations for Louis Vuitton menswear and his own Off-White label, made the startling prediction during a…

Virgil Abloh has predicted that the streetwear trend will “die” in the next 10 years.

The 39-year-old designer, who is famed for his casual clothing creations for Louis Vuitton menswear and his own Off-White label, made the startling prediction during an interview with Dazed magazine.

When asked what he thought would happen to the “idea of streetwear” in the next decade, he candidly replied: “I would definitely say it’s gonna die, you know? Like, its time will be up. In my mind, how many more T-shirts can we own, how many more hoodies, how many sneakers?”

Abloh went on to explain that he believed there will be a bigger focus on vintage and recycled clothes.

“I think that like we’re gonna hit this like, really awesome state of expressing your knowledge and personal style with vintage – there are so many clothes that are cool that are in vintage shops and it’s just about wearing them,” he shared.

“I think that fashion is gonna go away from buying a boxfresh something; it’ll be like, ‘Hey I’m gonna go into my archive.'”

His comments about the death of the trend come just days after it was announced Off-White had partnered with the Louvre Museum in Paris to create a streetwear capsule collection inspired by the works of Leonardo da Vinci.

However, Abloh is still intrigued by the possibilities that lay ahead in the next 10 years.

“I’m excited to see what we do in this next chapter, because the strides we made in the last ten years are too insane,” Abloh added.

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Kim Kardashian wishes Paris Hilton would take better care of her purses

Kim Kardashian used to get annoyed with Paris Hilton for not taking care of her handbags.The reality TV personality first gained media attention as the friend and stylist of the hotel heiress back in the early 2000s, with the pair often stepping out in…

Kim Kardashian used to get annoyed with Paris Hilton for not taking care of her handbags.

The reality TV personality first gained media attention as the friend and stylist of the hotel heiress back in the early 2000s, with the pair often stepping out in matching outfits.

Famously, the stars were snapped wearing coordinating beachwear and carrying large gold and silver Louis Vuitton handbags during a trip to Sydney, Australia in 2006, but in a video for Vogue’s Life in Looks video series, Kim admitted there was nothing inside of Paris’s designer purse.

“This is one of my favourite, most iconic looks. Those bags, I still have those bags,” she smiled. “One thing – Paris does not take care of her purses. So, if you see what’s inside of her bag, there is a million things from every kind of make-up, lashes, just everything. It’s like a pharmacy inside of her bag! I would not let her put anything inside of this bag. It is an empty bag that she’s carrying.”  

Kim went on to reflect on some of her other looks from the period and shared that she wishes she never wore the white shirt and grey knit dress with an oversized Fendi belt to a Us Weekly party.

“I was able to afford a Fendi belt and matching Fendi boots,” the 39-year-old recalled. “Any time I could go to an event, I would. Because I just wanted my picture taken. That’s all that mattered to me.”

However, Kim has no regrets over her phase of sporting either a dress and stilettos or a Juicy Couture tracksuit with Havaianas flip-flops, even considering her penchant for French manicures and pedicures at the time.

“That’s what I wore every day to walk up and down to walk up Robertson Boulevard,” she smiled. “French tipped toenails to match the nails, the hoops, the whole thing is pretty legendary if you ask me. I love it and this era will always have such a close place in my heart.” 

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Model Godfrey Gao dies

Taiwanese-Canadian model Godfrey Gao has died after collapsing on set in China.The 35-year-old was in the middle of filming Chinese sports reality show Chase Me, in which contestants are put through a series of athletic competitions, primarily running …

Taiwanese-Canadian model Godfrey Gao has died after collapsing on set in China.

The 35-year-old was in the middle of filming Chinese sports reality show Chase Me, in which contestants are put through a series of athletic competitions, primarily running through cities late at night, on Wednesday.

He collapsed and was taken to a hospital where he passed away hours later. He reportedly died from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Following the tragic loss, representatives for Gao’s agency, Jetstar Entertainment, posted a statement on social media which read: “In the early hours of Nov. 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set. Following three hours of rescue efforts, he unfortunately left us. We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept.

“Thank you media friends and every fan of Godfrey’s for their concern. His management and team were present, and his family were urgently rushed to the location. Please respect Godfrey’s family in this time of sorrow and refrain from disturbing them. We will accompany Godfrey’s family to handle discreet funeral arrangements. Thank you, everyone.”

Gao, who grew up in Vancouver, Canada, began working as a model in 2004 when he was 20, and became the first Asian model to appear in a campaign for Louis Vuitton in 2011.

Gao also worked as an actor. He is best known for appearing in movies such as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in 2013 and The Jade Pendant in 2017 as well as Chinese TV show Remembering Lichuan.

Following the news of his death, Jamie Campbell Bower – Gao’s co-star in The Mortal Instruments – took to Instagram to pay tribute to his former castmate. Sharing a picture of them together, Jamie wrote: “Our friend. Heartbroken.”

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Lara Worthington confirms she’s pregnant with third child

Model Lara Worthington has confirmed she’s expecting a third child with her actor husband Sam Worthington.The Australian model was rumoured be pregnant again as she had been spotted in public with a burgeoning bump in recent weeks, and she confirmed th…

Model Lara Worthington has confirmed she’s expecting a third child with her actor husband Sam Worthington.

The Australian model was rumoured be pregnant again as she had been spotted in public with a burgeoning bump in recent weeks, and she confirmed the happy news during an interview with Vogue Australia while in Sydney ahead of her appearance at the reopening of Louis Vuitton’s reimagined George Street store.

“Yes, I’m pregnant!” the 32-year-old told the publication, adding that the tot will be her third son. “I’m having a boy, early next year. It’s my third boy, and we’re all very excited and very happy. I think any addition brings joy and happiness to the family, but more so when you can share it with the other boys. It’s such a boy’s club in my house!”

As for how her sons Rocket, born in 2015, and Racer, born in 2016, are dealing with the thought of their mum having another baby, Lara added: “They think it’s cool. We talk about it a lot because I have spent a lot of time in bed recently. And they’re like, ‘What are you doing?’ All boys, I think, want a brother. So, another brother… you know, it’s building the football team. They’re excited!”

Speaking previously about becoming a father, Avatar star Sam admitted he’s more than a fan of having little ones to look after.

“The most surprising thing about fatherhood is that I love it,” he smiled to news.com.au. “I love it more than anything in the world. If my job now didn’t exist, I would be a stay at home dad.”

Lara and Sam married in 2014.

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LVMH reaches deal to buy Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion

Executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have made a deal to buy Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion (£12.5 billion).Back in October, leaders at the world’s biggest high-end goods conglomerate, headed by French billionaire Bernard Arnault, announc…

Executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have made a deal to buy Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion (£12.5 billion).

Back in October, leaders at the world’s biggest high-end goods conglomerate, headed by French billionaire Bernard Arnault, announced they had approached bosses at the U.S. jewellery brand with a possible takeover bid.

But after a month of talks, representatives announced on Monday that the companies had entered into an agreement where LVMH will acquire Tiffany for $135 (£104) per share in cash, with the equity value of the transaction equating to $16.2 billion.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Tiffany, a company with an unparalleled heritage and unique position in the global jewellery world, to the LVMH family,” Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH, commented. “We have an immense respect and admiration for Tiffany and intend to develop this jewel with the same dedication and commitment that we have applied to each and every one of our maisons. We will be proud to have Tiffany sit alongside our iconic brands and look forward to ensuring that Tiffany continues to thrive for centuries to come.”

In addition to owning Louis Vuitton, LVMH is the parent company of watch and jewellery brands including Bulgari, Chaumet, Hublot, TAG Heuer, and Zenith.

Roger N. Farah, chairman of the board of directors of Tiffany, stated that the deal is expected to close in mid-2020. The transaction is subject to closing conditions, including approval from Tiffany’s shareholders and the receipt of regulatory approvals.

“Following a strategic review that included a thoughtful internal process and expert external advice, the board has concluded that this transaction with LVMH provides an exciting path forward with a group that appreciates and will invest in Tiffany’s unique assets and strong human capital, while delivering a compelling price with value certainty to our shareholders,” he said.

Founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany, Tiffany has since become synonymous with timeless design and the iconic Tiffany Blue boxes.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere keen to become more involved in social activism

Nicolas Ghesquiere has set his sights on becoming more involved in social activism.The French fashion designer is one of the most successful names in the industry, having worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga before landing the coveted position …

Nicolas Ghesquiere has set his sights on becoming more involved in social activism.

The French fashion designer is one of the most successful names in the industry, having worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga before landing the coveted position of Louis Vuitton’s head womenswear designer in 2013.

However, in a new interview with Out magazine, in which he was named as one of the Out100 honorees, Ghesquiere explained that he wants to do more to support causes closes to his heart.

“I’m not taking the voice of someone we’d call an activist today,” he said. “But if I had more time, I would do more and more. Maybe in the future I will. But the way that I do it (now) is with the respect, the attraction, and the inspiration to showcase people like (Scottish music producer) Sophie, (transgender model) Krow, or others I work with who express this way of being. They’re people I want to stand by.”

Ghesquiere’s interview took place shortly before he hit headlines for criticising Louis Vuitton’s parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)’s ties with Donald Trump last month, after the U.S. President attended the opening of a Louis Vuitton workshop in Alvarado, Texas. The American leader has attracted controversy in the past regarding his divisive policies relating to minority groups.

“Standing against any political action. I am a fashion designer refusing this association #trumpisajoke #homophobia,” the 48-year-old wrote on his Instagram page.

Elsewhere in the Out discussion, the openly gay Ghesquiere spoke about how his sexuality has informed his creative process.

“The sense that being gay gives me, it’s an asset for being inspired. Maybe it’s sometimes pushing my own limits – the limits I could have just for being gay – or maybe it’s making my imagination go forward, to another territory that belongs to fantasy, to freedom,” he shared. “I think it has an influence in the way I design where, sometimes, pragmatism and function can have a limit.”

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Emma Stone was in best shape of her life when playing Billie Jean King

Emma Stone “never felt more beautiful” than when she played Billie Jean King in a movie.The Oscar-winning actress portrayed the tennis ace in 2017’s Battle of the Sexes, and in a new interview with Vogue.com, confessed that training for the movie trans…

Emma Stone “never felt more beautiful” than when she played Billie Jean King in a movie.

The Oscar-winning actress portrayed the tennis ace in 2017’s Battle of the Sexes, and in a new interview with Vogue.com, confessed that training for the movie transformed her body and her self-confidence.

“That role required me to get physically strong. I’ve never felt more beautiful or powerful than I did when I felt strong and capable in my body,” the La La Land star explained. “It was an incredible experience and one I take with me daily.”

She went on to explain that while she’s not diligently kept up with the training, feeling strong helped change her perception of beauty.

“Admittedly, I’m a hell of a lot weaker than I was then, but it reinforced the truth that beauty comes from how you feel, not how you look. People looking aesthetically pleasing, which is entirely subjective anyway, is just a bonus,” she added.

Emma, who currently serves as the face of Louis Vuitton’s fragrance campaigns, then shared how perfume helps her get into character.

“I’ve been using fragrance to help me define each character I’ve played since I was 16. Even now, I can smell that scent and be taken straight back,” the 31-year-old shared. “Scent has always been the quickest sense-memory for me. I remember most of the time periods in my life through scent.”

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Louis Vuitton heir Patrick-Louis Vuitton dies

Patrick-Louis Vuitton, the great-great-grandson of Louis Vuitton, has died at the age of 68.The sad news was announced via Instagram on Wednesday, with a representative for the French luxury fashion house sending their condolences to his family. “It i…

Patrick-Louis Vuitton, the great-great-grandson of Louis Vuitton, has died at the age of 68.

The sad news was announced via Instagram on Wednesday, with a representative for the French luxury fashion house sending their condolences to his family.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of Patrick-Louis Vuitton,” the post read. “All our thoughts go to his family, in particular, his sons Pierre-Louis and Benoit-Louis who work beside us, as well as his grandchildren.”

Patrick-Louis was part of the fifth generation of heirs to Louis Vuitton, and most recently served as head of the Special Orders department in Asnieres, northern France.

He joined the brand at the age of 22 and became the production manager of the luxury leather goods label in 1975. Patrick-Louis went on to open the second Louis Vuitton workshop in 1977 and was in charge of the luggage collection as well as special orders from 1986.

Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, also paid tribute to the skilled craftsman.

“Patrick-Louis possessed an avant-garde and modern spirit, along with a ‘strong-tempered personality from the Jura’, a reference he often enjoyed using to describe himself. He always knew how to nourish the House’s heritage and to give vision for the future,” Burke said in a statement. “‘Savoir-faire can only exist if it is transmitted…’ was one of his favourite expressions. Patrick-Louis will be heavily missed, especially at Asnieres, in the Special Orders workshop, where the emotions of the teams who worked side-by-side with him are deeply felt.”

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