Virgil Abloh’s design for Pop Smoke’s posthumous album slammed by fans

Fans have called out Virgil Abloh’s “lazy” artwork for late rapper Pop Smoke’s debut album.Th Louis Vuitton menswear head revealed the cover on Instagram on Monday, showing a grayscale picture of Pop Smoke, who was shot and killed in February, surround…

Fans have called out Virgil Abloh’s “lazy” artwork for late rapper Pop Smoke’s debut album.

Th Louis Vuitton menswear head revealed the cover on Instagram on Monday, showing a grayscale picture of Pop Smoke, who was shot and killed in February, surrounded by diamond roses and barbed wire. The post has since been deleted.

Fans of the 20-year-old rapper were quick to slam the image used, saying it’s the first picture that comes up when you Google search Pop Smoke.

“This is lazy. Pop Smoke deserves better,” another wrote.

Not long after, a petition was created on Change.org to get the artwork changed, with the description reading: “Virgil deada** was wild lazy with Pop Smokes Album cover and he needs to fix it.”

Steven Victor, the head of Pop Smoke’s record label Victor Victor Worldwide confirmed changes were being made which would be ready for the 3 July release of Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

“HEARD YOU,” he tweeted. “MAKING A CHANGE. POP WOULD LISTEN TO HIS FANS!”

50 Cent, who helped executive produce Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon after Pop died, also shared his opinion.

“Hey Virgil we need new album art, they ain’t going for this bullshit,” he wrote on Twitter. “Love ya work let’s get to it. Steven i told you this s**t was eww let’s get it right!”

In his original post, Virgil added a lengthy caption about his collaboration with the late rapper.

“The last conversation i had with @realpopsmoke was about what we were gonna do in the future. this album cover was one of like 5 things we talked about. He mentioned his story felt like the metaphor of a rose & thorns growing from the concrete of his hood in Canarsie, Brooklyn,” the 39-year-old wrote.

“In your memory, I just finished it yesterday. As evidence of the whole idea, the t-shirt insinuates it’s mandatory we put an and (sic) to this cycle of violence that plagues us, we need to shoot for the moon & aim for the stars.”

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Cardi B shows off painful new chest piercings

Cardi B has offered fans a behind-the-scenes look at her latest piercing session.On Wednesday, the 27-year-old posted a series of videos on Instagram, with the footage showing her holding her Migos star husband Offset’s hand as a body piercing professi…

Cardi B has offered fans a behind-the-scenes look at her latest piercing session.

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old posted a series of videos on Instagram, with the footage showing her holding her Migos star husband Offset’s hand as a body piercing professional gave her three dermal piercings on her chest and a labret piercing below her lip.

“I don’t even know why I’m agreeing to this,” Cardi complained in one clip, before Offset encouraged her by commenting: “Take that s**t like a G!”

“Oh my God, that one hurt!” she yelled, after jokingly asking the 28-year-old why he wasn’t getting any piercings.

“This b**ch hurt. I forgot how it felt,” Cardi captioned the videos, and later showed off the new bling on her chest.

“The finale,” she wrote alongside the clip, in which she revealed the piercings now featured diamond-encrusted piercings, including one that was shaped like a dollar sign.

Earlier in the day, Cardi also took to the platform to shut down rumours that she had been editing videos and pictures of her body by uploading footage depicting her wearing a blue Louis Vuitton bikini.

“Now I know a b**ch gained some weight, because I had to make the thighs match the motherf**kin a**,” she joked. “I know I gained a little bit of weight and I’m actually holding it in… but it doesn’t matter though… I got lipo money.”

The I Like It rapper also touched on the subject on her Instagram Stories, and told her followers: “Like y’all think I’m editing it, just ask me for a (video)… I got a little fat. I gained a little weight, you know what I’m saying? It’s all good. Can ask me for a video, I’ll show ya.”

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Laura Harrier treated herself to designer dress for virtual birthday celebrations

Laura Harrier treated herself to a new dress for her virtual birthday celebrations earlier this year.Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the Hollywood actress was forced to postpone any plans she had for a 30th birthday bash when she reached the milestone…

Laura Harrier treated herself to a new dress for her virtual birthday celebrations earlier this year.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the Hollywood actress was forced to postpone any plans she had for a 30th birthday bash when she reached the milestone age on 28 March.

However, Laura decided that she would still catch-up with her pals over video chat and pulled out all of the stops in a gorgeous scarlet and fuchsia number from Solace London.

“I actually got my dress from Net-a-Porter for my Zoom birthday party! It was black tie, and everybody dressed up,” she recalled in a chat with Porter magazine. “I’ve really enjoyed having specific days where it’s like, ‘No, we’re going to make an effort,’ and change out of sweatpants and try to feel normal.”

Laura went on to explain that she’s a little sad to be missing out on the opportunity to promote her latest projects in public due to the social distancing rules, but is looking forward to dressing up again for events in the future.

And one professional relationship she is particularly excited about growing is her connection to French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton, having recently served as a muse to creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere.

“(Growing up) I would pore over magazines and see this other world that I thought was so beautiful and glamorous and so far from my reality, but weirdly it was something I felt connected to,” the star said. “I would go on Style.com and look at the fashion, and I remember seeing Balenciaga and the stuff Nicolas was doing, and I don’t even think I knew his name; I was pretty young, but I remember being like, ‘Woah, this is the coolest stuff ever.’ Now, it’s so strange that I know him and wear clothes that he makes just for me.”

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Virgil Abloh apologises for comments about looting amid George Floyd protests

Virgil Abloh has issued a lengthy apology after facing the wrath of social media users following comments he made about looting.The head of Louis Vuitton’s menswear was forced to backtrack after initially labelling those responsible for ransacking Sean…

Virgil Abloh has issued a lengthy apology after facing the wrath of social media users following comments he made about looting.

The head of Louis Vuitton’s menswear was forced to backtrack after initially labelling those responsible for ransacking Sean Wotherspoon’s Vintage by Round Two and Round Two Los Angeles shops as “disgusting”, in the midst of the riots raging across the U.S. in response to the shocking death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers on 25 May.

Taking to his Twitter and Instagram accounts, which boast nearly six million followers between them, he began his apology note stating: “I am a black man. A dark black man. Like dark-dark. On an average trip to the grocery store in Chicago I fear I will die.”

Further down, Abloh clarified his stance on the looting: “I apologize that my comments yesterday appeared as if my main concerns are anything other than full solidarity with the movements against police violence, racism, and inequality. I want to update all systems that don’t address our current needs. It has been my personal MO (modus operandi) in every realm I touch.

“Yesterday I spoke about how my stores and stores of friends were looted. I apologize that it seemed like my concern for those stores outweighed my concern for our right to protest injustice and express our anger and rage in this moment.”

Looters and vandals have broken into stores across America, stealing and setting fire to buildings, with big cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. the hardest hit.

Black Lives Matter protestors have distanced themselves from the destruction, condemning those who’ve plunged their quest for justice for Floyd into violence.

Off-White founder Abloh also revealed he had donated “$20,500 to bail funds and other causes related to the movement”, after many assumed he had only given $50 from his original post.

“I also joined a social media chain of friends who were matching $50 donations. I apologize that appeared to some as if that was my only donation to these important causes,” he stated.

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Johnny Coca tapped to head Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division

Johnny Coca has been named as the new head of Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division.The Spanish fashion star previously served as creative director at Mulberry, but announced his departure from the British heritage house following a five-year stint in…

Johnny Coca has been named as the new head of Louis Vuitton’s leather goods division.

The Spanish fashion star previously served as creative director at Mulberry, but announced his departure from the British heritage house following a five-year stint in March.

Now, Coca has confirmed he is relocating to Paris to begin work in the French luxury brand’s accessories department, where he will partner with womenswear creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere.

“I am proud to join Nicolas Ghesquiere and the Louis Vuitton teams to develop the women’s handbag lines and fine leather goods,” he said. “For me, this is a real return to my roots, where I had the chance to live my passion for the first time and to learn the fundamentals of my profession in the heart of the workshops in Asnieres. A new stage in my own creative journey is now opening up for me in this laboratory between heritage and modernity.”

Coca will officially begin his new role on 2 June. It’s not the first time he has worked for Louis Vuitton, having honed his design skills at the house following his studies before taking up roles at Bally and Celine.

And Ghesquiere is looking forward to collaborating with Coca on upcoming collections.

“I welcome Johnny to the Maison Louis Vuitton and I am happy that he is joining me in this adventure that started several years ago. The teams and I look forward to working with him in the universe inspiring Louis Vuitton,” he stated, while Louis Vuitton executive vice president Delphine Arnault added: “I am delighted with Johnny’s return to Louis Vuitton and the LVMH Group. He will enrich our creative force and our capacity for innovation. Johnny knows the spirit of Louis Vuitton and shares our vision, and I am delighted that he is joining us.”

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Florence Pugh changed her mind over wrist tattoo at last minute

Florence Pugh has shared how she ended up getting a bee design tattooed on her wrist. During Elle U.K. magazine’s Ask Me Anything video series, the Little Women actress showed off the inking on her left wrist and revealed that she doesn’t know why she …

Florence Pugh has shared how she ended up getting a bee design tattooed on her wrist.

During Elle U.K. magazine’s Ask Me Anything video series, the Little Women actress showed off the inking on her left wrist and revealed that she doesn’t know why she asked for the bee because she had always been planning to get one of a snail.

“It’s the only one that I have. If I ever spoke about getting a tattoo, it was always that I was going to get a snail,” she explained. “And on the day, Evan Tattoo, he’s in New York, he’s an amazing tattoo artist, I went in with friends and they all got their tattoos done, and he said, ‘Are you sure you don’t want anything?’ and for some reason, it came out of me, and I said, ‘I want a bee.’

“Basically, I ended up shaving part of the bum (off the bee design), I said I wanted it to be rounded but slightly pointy – there’s very specific bees and this is a worker bee.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 24-year-old named the tiered blue Louis Vuitton dress she wore to the Oscars and the pink and white Emilia Wickstead gown that she sported to a Little Women premiere as her favourite red carpet looks.

She also explained that while she likes to get dolled up for the red carpet, but has no issue with looking “normal” in her Instagram cooking videos.

“When I’m making marmalade, I don’t have pretty hair. There are moments in my life when I get dolled up and two amazing artists will come to my house and paint, pull and brush me for two hours. Then I go to the red carpet,” Florence continued. “That’s a two-hour event, then I go home and take it off. But when I make marmalade, I look normal.”

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Virgil Abloh questions whether fashion is still ‘relevant’

Virgil Abloh has questioned if fashion is “still relevant” in a new video released on social media.The creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line and founder of streetwear label Off-White uploaded a four-minute clip to Instagram on Monday in wh…

Virgil Abloh has questioned if fashion is “still relevant” in a new video released on social media.

The creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line and founder of streetwear label Off-White uploaded a four-minute clip to Instagram on Monday in which he discussed the future of the industry after stores and factories have been forced to close down temporarily amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Abloh, who also narrates the video with a series of musings about his latest Louis Vuitton collection and the future of fashion, simply captioned the clip: “I think in run-on sentences.”

The video includes behind-the-scenes footage of his previous ranges, and he touched upon his design process, which he said was fuelled by an investigation into “the root of clothing and a human desire”.

“It’s sort of this matrix of using the DNA of a vocabulary I started in, but sending it into the time of the season,” the 39-year-old explained, noting how he’s inspired by the thought process behind creations rather than the relationship to the work.

Abloh then stated that the purpose of sharing his video was to showcase his musings on the “sort of chip on (his) shoulder” of analysing if “fashion with a capital ‘F’ is still relevant”.

He also listed some of his muses, claiming he appreciates Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay for his “strong fashion sensibility”, and the attire often worn by the late Kurt Cobain.

Abloh insisted the Nirvana rocker’s infamous flannel shirts in the ’90s were a big inspiration and revealed that he used to go to his local mall “and buy that and I would make it my own”.

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Virgil Abloh: ‘Fashion today feels useless’

Virgil Abloh is feeling disillusioned about the fashion industry during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The creative director of Louis Vuitton menswear and Off-White founder is in lockdown at his home in Chicago, Illinois, after leaders in the U.S. an…

Virgil Abloh is feeling disillusioned about the fashion industry during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The creative director of Louis Vuitton menswear and Off-White founder is in lockdown at his home in Chicago, Illinois, after leaders in the U.S. and other countries around the world imposed restrictions on people’s movements in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus.

In an interview for Vogue’s Postcards from Home series, Abloh shared that he has turned his focus to art at the moment as he’s struggling to see sense in fashion.

“I’m inspired by the fact that fashion can mean something different out of the end of this. It doesn’t feel like it did a year ago. Today it seems useless, in a way: a new handbag, a pair of shoes,” the 39-year-old explained. “Getting groceries seems more important than buying a new garment that I already have 30 of in a closet. I don’t think of that as a bad thing.”

The designer is creating a new work and art space, as well as a recording studio, called Under Construction, at the present.

And in his downtime, he is also contemplating how to find a sense of calm amid the crisis.

“I’m also trying to find some solitude. You hear about these things: wellness, wellbeing. Meditating – that’s something I need to learn. I’m relishing the idea of not having to do something all the time, but that’s a trait I have to learn. I’m not wired that way,” Abloh added.

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LVMH Prize to be shared among all eight finalists

The 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Designers is to be shared among all eight finalists.Last month, organisers of the prestigious fashion contest announced that Peter Do, Supriya Lele, Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia, Charaf Tajer of Casablanca, Nicholas Daley,…

The 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Designers is to be shared among all eight finalists.

Last month, organisers of the prestigious fashion contest announced that Peter Do, Supriya Lele, Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia, Charaf Tajer of Casablanca, Nicholas Daley, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena of womenswear brand Chopova Lowena, and Sindiso Khumalo were the designers left in the running for the award.

However, in light of the coronavirus crisis sweeping the world, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have decided to cancel the final, originally scheduled for 5 June, and instead will name all of the finalists as winners. The $340,000 (£260,000) award will be distributed equally among the designers.

In addition, Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, has unveiled plans to set up a fund in aid of young fashion designers, which will be supplemented by the 2020 Karl Lagerfeld Prize allocation. Designers and brands awarded the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers and the Karl Lagerfeld Prize over the six previous editions will be eligible to apply for support.

“Since its launch, the LVMH Prize has promoted and nurtured young talent. Each year, it places the spotlight on young designers from all over the world and supports the development of their companies,” said Arnault. “In this challenging context, this fund in aid of young fashion designers highlights the main mission of the LVMH Prize by supporting our former winners.”

Details of the programme will be confirmed at a later date.

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Louis Vuitton making face masks and hospital gowns amid coronavirus crisis

Louis Vuitton has reopened one of its ateliers to begin making face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus crisis.In light of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world, bosses at the French luxury fashion house have announced that they have altered…

Louis Vuitton has reopened one of its ateliers to begin making face masks and hospital gowns amid the coronavirus crisis.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic around the world, bosses at the French luxury fashion house have announced that they have altered workshops so they can now manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and frontline workers.

“Louis Vuitton announces the production of thousands of hospital gowns to be donated to frontline medical staff within the Parisian hospital network AP-HP,” a brand spokesperson commented, referring to Assistance Publique – Hopitaux de Paris hospital trust. “These gowns will be created by volunteers at the Maison’s headquarters for six Parisian hospitals in urgent need of protective gear. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part to fight this global pandemic.”

In addition, Louis Vuitton has begun producing non-medical masks approved by authorities at six of its workshops. Around 300 leather goods artisans are working to meet a government request for alternative non-medical barrier masks to help stop the spread of the virus.

“In partnership with the Mode Grande Ouest textile network, this initiative will donate the much-needed protective gear to frontline healthcare workers. Thank you to the hundreds of artisans who have volunteered to create these masks, as well as everyone doing their part to fight this global pandemic,” they added.

In addition, other houses within the Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) conglomerate are also undertaking actions to help aid health workers.

The perfumes and cosmetics production sites of Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy have been retooled so they can make large quantities of hand sanitiser gel for hospitals, while volunteer staff at the Dior workshop in Redon, Brittany are making non-surgical face masks.

Europe is now the epicentre of the pandemic, with France among the most affected nations – with approximately 94,000 active cases and 14,900 deaths.

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