Virgil Abloh to miss Off-White presentation due to health concerns

Virgil Abloh will miss Off-White’s Paris Fashion Week show because he has been advised to take three months off to focus on his health.The Off-White founder and chief executive officer will miss his label’s ready-to-wear show during Paris Fashion Week …

Virgil Abloh will miss Off-White’s Paris Fashion Week show because he has been advised to take three months off to focus on his health.

The Off-White founder and chief executive officer will miss his label’s ready-to-wear show during Paris Fashion Week on 26 September because he has been advised by doctors to slow down and avoid travelling.

In a telephone interview with Vogue.com from his home in Chicago, the 38-year-old revealed that he was “shifting gears” after having a hard time recovering from a recent overseas trip.

“I was just tired, so I went to the doctor. Ultimately, everything is fine, but the doctor told me ‘this pace that you’ve sort of pushed your body – to fly all these miles, do all these different projects – is not good for your health,'” Abloh explained.

“Essentially I’m working from home for the next three months, and in large part all my marketing events I’m cancelling,” he added, meaning he has subsequently cancelled his scheduled public appearances at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion summit and the opening of his exhibition Figures of Speech at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia in November.

A spokesperson for the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear said that Abloh would be slowing down his work commitments “due to health considerations,” and that he has created “a new approach that will include crowd participation” to make up for his absence in Paris.

Abloh believes his team at Off-White is equipped to deal with his time off, and his Louis Vuitton team “is expert level”.

“The shows will go on,” Abloh, who shares two children with wife Shannon Sundberg, said. “I’m excited to drop the kids off at school and be able to be here for those moments.”

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Virgil Abloh hoping museum exhibition brings fashion fans together

Virgil Abloh sees his new exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) as a way to bring together his fan base and those who don’t know much about him.Abloh’s name is one of the hottest in fashion. After meeting Kanye West in 2009 while the…

Virgil Abloh sees his new exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) as a way to bring together his fan base and those who don’t know much about him.

Abloh’s name is one of the hottest in fashion. After meeting Kanye West in 2009 while they both interned at Fendi, the Illinois native went on to start his high-end streetwear label Off-White four years later.

Last year, he was tapped as the new artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear department, and he’s now preparing to open his MCA showcase – something he’s been working on for three years.

“I need this to gel together the kid that knows every Tumblr post that I ever made to someone who doesn’t even know of Off-White but just knows my name keeps popping up,” he mused to The New York Times.

He also sees his exhibition, which opens on 10 June and runs until September, as proof the “out of date” museum system is slowly being fixed.

“(For too long) there was this lost connection between the museum as a cultural institution supposedly representing what’s happening now versus presenting retrospectives of things that have been celebrated a million times over,” the 38-year-old said.

Speaking about the upcoming exhibition, MCA curator Michael Darling admitted he was excited about people’s responses, however divisive they may be.

“There are going to be people that turn up their noses at it,” he said. “But that’s an exciting thing for me: to prove them wrong and show them how serious and how worthy he is of this.”

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Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones added to Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch…

Virgil Abloh and Kim Jones have joined the 2019 Vogue Forces of Fashion Summit.

The two-day event will take place in New York City on 10 and 11 October, with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour resuming her role as host.

CFDA chairman Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are also participating.

The theme of this year’s summit, which will include Q&As, experiential sessions and group discussions, focuses on the future of fashion. According to Vogue, designers, entrepreneurs, and cultural influencers will address topics from sustainability to inclusivity in “no-holds-barred, everything’s-on-the-table” conversations.

In a chat with the fashion glossy, Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Abloh explained his approach to fashion.

“From the beginning, I approached the idea of design from a grassroots level,” he mused. “I removed this idea that it’s somehow detached from the consumer.

“You don’t have to sit in your studio and throw a dart and hope that it lands on the bull’s-eye. If you actually walk up to the dartboard, you can just place it in the bull’s-eye. I think that’s the success of Off-White. I haven’t made a distinction between the design world and the real world – I’ve just immersed myself in both. And because I came from outside the fashion industry, I don’t have the luxury of creating collections in a traditional way.”

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Virgil Abloh called out for lack of diversity at Off-White bash

Virgil Abloh has come under fire from fans online who called out the lack of diversity at his Off-White brand’s Christmas party.The American designer, who is artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the Off-White label, which…

Virgil Abloh has come under fire from fans online who called out the lack of diversity at his Off-White brand’s Christmas party.

The American designer, who is artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the Off-White label, which he founded, took to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday (30Apr19) to share a series of snaps from the festive bash held in Milan last year.

While the 38-year-old posted pictures of various teams working on the brand, users were quick to spot the lack of diversity within the all-white team, and took to the comments of his latest Instagram post to call out the star.

“So you clearly don’t believe in diversity,” one fan commented, while another slammed the star for being a “fraud”.

“Milan has over three million ppl and has the most multicultural, diverse ethnic group of ppl in Italy,” another suggested. “There are plenty of talented, black, creative ppl to choose from.”

“Address the issue at hand don’t try to cool your way out of this, you can’t just give us black models and think its fine, you talk about black history too much for this,” a fourth fan commented.

The backlash comes shortly after the fashion mogul faced criticism for his Michael Jackson-inspired menswear collection for Louis Vuitton, which he debuted in January.

Following the string of allegations made against the Thriller hitmaker in the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary, the designer was forced to apologise and ultimately pulled the collection.

“I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions,” he said in a statement to WWD. “I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.

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Christian Louboutin blown away by Virgil Abloh’s work at Louis Vuitton

Christian Louboutin is sad he missed “brilliant” Virgil Abloh’s first Louis Vuitton menswear show in 2018.Off-White founder Abloh took over the top job at Louis Vuitton from Kim Jones in March last year and has quickly made his mark on the French luxur…

Christian Louboutin is sad he missed “brilliant” Virgil Abloh’s first Louis Vuitton menswear show in 2018.

Off-White founder Abloh took over the top job at Louis Vuitton from Kim Jones in March last year and has quickly made his mark on the French luxury label.

One person who approves of his new aesthetic is famed footwear designer Louboutin, who has gushed to WWD how impressed he is with Abloh.

“The job he’s starting to do at Vuitton is really great, really, really great,” he beamed to the fashion publication. “There was a lot of expectation and a lot of non-expectation like, ‘Oh God,’ and he did a brilliant job. It’s really beautiful. I was sad because it was his first show and I was not in Paris. He was doing an exhibition, he was at the Gagosian, but my timing was not correct. I’ve been really sort of… I missed that because it looked really great.”

Synonymous with his red-soled shoes, Louboutin is now branching away from footwear by opening his own hotel in Portugal.

Construction is set to begin in April, though the Parisian designer is quick to point out he’s not undertaking the project as a business venture, but rather just a hobby.

“It’s a hobby, you know, it’s a hobby… I’m starting to build a hotel but it’s definitely a hobby. It’s a good thing. It’s nothing but a hobby.

“It’s nice because you know full architecture and interior decorations. There are a lot of elements which you know are important when you are creating things, so again it’s bouncing back,” he added of how it may inspire his future shoe designs. “It’s not linked in a way but at the same time it bounces back a lot of details of architecture.”

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Bella Hadid channels Audrey Hepburn for Vogue photoshoot

Bella Hadid has channelled Audrey Hepburn in a special photoshoot for U.S. Vogue magazine.The model, who walked the runway for the likes of Off-White and Redemption during Paris Fashion Week in February (19), has been tapped to front the latest digital…

Bella Hadid has channelled Audrey Hepburn in a special photoshoot for U.S. Vogue magazine.

The model, who walked the runway for the likes of Off-White and Redemption during Paris Fashion Week in February (19), has been tapped to front the latest digital cover for the publication.

In the main image, Bella poses in a strapless red dress designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy and a large hat made from ostrich feathers created by Christelle Kocher for Koche, with the ensemble evoking the iconic Hubert de Givenchy-designed outfit Audrey wore in 1957 film Funny Face.

“Ladylike polish is feeling fresh and relevant now that fashion has returned to the idea of heritage and refocused on value and craftsmanship,” a Vogue representative captioned a snap of the cover on Instagram. “Her strapless red dress, made of an adaptable technical crepe, was designed by @givenchyofficial’s Clare Waight Keller; the dream of a marabou hat by Christelle Kocher of @koche.”

However, Bella didn’t just sport the Givenchy number for the photoshoot, and in an accompanying video feature, she is seen posing up a storm in an array of outfits from designers who showed at Paris Fashion Week.

The brunette beauty wears a dark pink silk taffeta dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, a knitted romper and embroidered tulle skirt by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior, a feather-trimmed tunic and embroidered trousers made by Olivier Rousteing at Balmain, as well as a white silk suit from Chanel.

“This was one of the most magical days to date. The future of a digital Vogue! @voguemagazine cover by the most creative @gvsgvs (Gordon von Steiner, director) @jordenbickham (Jorden Bickham, fashion editor) @stuart_winecoff (Stuart Winecoff, director of photography) wearing @givenchyofficial. I love you all so deeply. This means so much to me, and to do it with you means so much more!!! Thank you to Anna (Wintour), and everyone involved on this huge production. Just wow,” the 22-year-old gushed on social media.

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Virgil Abloh leads 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards nominations

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear…

Virgil Abloh leads the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards nominations with two nods.

Officials from the trade association announced the nominees for the prestigious prizes on Tuesday (19Mar19), with Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh picking up nominations in the Menswear and Accessory Designer of the Year categories for his streetwear label Off-White.

The 38-year-old will face off with Mike Amiri, Pyer Moss’ Kerby Jean-Raymond, Rick Owens, and Thom Browne for the menswear prize, and against Jennifer Fisher, Tabitha Simmons, Telfar Clemens and The Row’s Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen in the Accessory Designer of the Year group.

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan, who won the Emerging Talent prize last year, has moved up to the Womenswear Designer of the Year category, as have Brandon Maxwell and Rosie Assoulin. The designers are joined by Marc Jacobs and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

In addition, organisers shared that Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton will receive the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award, Eileen Fisher will be bestowed with the Positive Change Award for her commitment to sustainability, stylist and CR Fashion Book editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld will receive the Founder’s Award in honour of CFDA founder Eleanor Lambert, and fashion editor and writer Lynn Yaeger will take home the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard.

“The CFDA Fashion Awards celebrate the outstanding creativity in American fashion,” CFDA president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb said in a statement. “There will be exciting changes to this year’s awards, and we are honoured to have Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti join us as we name the International Award.”

The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards will take place at the Brooklyn Museum on 3 June.

The complete list of nominees is as follows:

Womenswear Designer of the Year

Brandon Maxwell

Marc Jacobs

Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte

Rosie Assoulin

Sander Lak for Sies Marjan

Menswear Designer of the Year

Mike Amiri for Amiri

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss

Rick Owens

Thom Browne for Thom Browne New York

Accessory Designer of the Year

Jennifer Fisher for Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

Virgil Abloh for Off-White

Tabitha Simmons

Telfar Clemens for Telfar

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row

Emerging Designer of the Year

Emily Adams Bode for Bode

Beth Bugdaycay for Foundrae

Heron Preston

Catherine Holstein for Khaite

Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto for Staud

Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti International Award – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

The Positive Change Award – Eileen Fisher

The Founder’s Award – Carine Roitfeld

The Media Award – Lynn Yaeger

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Virgil Abloh responds to accusations of plagiarism

Virgil Abloh has sounded off over accusations of plagiarism relating to his designs.The designer rose to fame after serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne and has since gone on to launch streetwear brand Off…

Virgil Abloh has sounded off over accusations of plagiarism relating to his designs.

The designer rose to fame after serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne and has since gone on to launch streetwear brand Off-White as well as land the coveted role of head designer of menswear at Louis Vuitton.

While Abloh’s designs are among the most coveted in the fashion world, the founders of Instagram account Diet Prada, Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, have accused him of plagiarism on at least three occasions – allegations he has now brushed off as coincidental.

“All props to them, that’s a great concept,” he said of Diet Prada in an interview with The New Yorker, before going on to reject the account administrators’ comparison of a yellow graffitied ensemble from Cologne-based Colrs and a similar design in his Off-White collection. “(The allegation was founded on) basically the use of a yellow fabric with a pattern on it… Ring the alarm!”

In addition, Liu and Schuyler have also claimed there are similarities between a chair designed by Paul McCobb for his Planner Group series in the 1950s and a chair made by Abloh for his Ikea collaboration, as well as a resemblance between artist AG Fronzoni’s designs and the graphics on an Off-White T-shirt from the fall/winter 2016 collection.

Accordingly, Abloh went on to explain that some “cheat codes” are acceptable in fashion, and in his opinion, streetwear is linked to the work of Dada artist Marcel Duchamp.

“It’s this idea of the readymade. I’m talking Lower East Side, New York. It’s like hip-hop. It’s sampling. I take James Brown, I chop it up, I make a new song. I’m taking Ikea and I’m presenting it in my own way. It’s streetwear 10.0-the logic that you can reference an object or reference a brand or reference something,” the 38-year-old shared.

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Karlie Kloss got a kick out of wearing ‘floor sweeping’ Off-White gown

Karlie Kloss got a real thrill out of wearing a “floor sweeping” Off-White gown last month (Feb19).The model donned a canary-yellow dress with a very long train during designer Virgil Abloh’s fall/winter 2019 presentation held inside an empty garage du…

Karlie Kloss got a real thrill out of wearing a “floor sweeping” Off-White gown last month (Feb19).

The model donned a canary-yellow dress with a very long train during designer Virgil Abloh’s fall/winter 2019 presentation held inside an empty garage during Paris Fashion Week.

While Karlie has worn hundreds of glamorous gowns over the course of her career, she shared during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (11Mar19) how the moment was a genuine highlight.

“This was quite a dress. You can see there are five people helping me carry the (train),” she said, as host Jimmy held up a photo of the eye-catching ensemble. “(I think the train) was 25-30 feet (seven-nine metres). Something crazy! Everywhere I walked, I swept the floor with me. I don’t think anyone else in the world is tall enough to wear this dress, I don’t know – maybe there is a customer out there?”

Elsewhere in the chat, Karlie spoke about her coding course Kode with Klossy, which is aimed at young girls interested in computer science, as well as her latest gig as the new host of TV show Project Runway.

The blonde beauty succeeds Heidi Klum on the design competition, and she is really excited about the way in which the revamped series reflects what is happening in the fashion industry now.

“Being a designer in the world today, you have to think about social media, you have to think about building your brand kind of in this digital landscape. So, we have challenges and things called Flash Sales. Basically, the audience – in real time – can say and vote on which dress they like best, and that dress will be made into a garment that you can actually buy. So that’s cool,” the 26-year-old insisted. “And a really important conversation that’s finally being had in fashion is inclusivity and diversity. We have women of all shapes and sizes on our runway. Because fashion should serve women of all shapes and sizes!”

Season 17 of Project Runway, in which Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth also act as judges, is set to premiere on Bravo in the U.S. on Thursday.

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Chloe dishes up bohemian chic for fall 19

Chloe has served up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for fall/winter 2019.The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its latest line at La Maison de la Radio as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday…

Chloe has served up a series of bohemian-inspired outfits for fall/winter 2019.

The French luxury fashion house, helmed by creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, unveiled its latest line at La Maison de la Radio as part of Paris Fashion Week on Thursday morning (28Feb19).

With the stark white runway initially bathed in bright pink light, the show kicked off with a model sporting a long white shirt, tan coat with oversized collar, navy blue socks, and brown leather boots.

A parade of similar ensembles followed, including a brown shirt dress which was accessorised with a chunky necklace with feather detail, and a grey wool skirt with button detailing which was matched with a high-neck knitted blue sweater featuring a white geometric pattern.

Staying true to her relaxed aesthetic, Ramsay-Levi introduced white blouses with flowing sleeves, white shirts with vintage-inspired blue landscape motifs, cosy sweaters, brown leather jackets with faux fur on lapels and cuffs, baggy dresses with pushed-up sleeves, and a number of blue denim pieces with pocket detailing on trousers and vests.

Model of the moment Kaia Gerber stepped out in a ’60s-influenced look comprised of a blue lace skirt, graphic T-shirt, long light brown leather coat, and brown boots, with the ensemble topped off with layers of gold chains and bug-like glasses.

As always with a Chloe presentation, accessories were a major focus, with highlights including boxy leather purses, handbags with heavy gold chains in the place of straps, wool scarfs, gold cuff bracelets, and mismatched earrings.

To conclude the show, Ramsay-Levi dished up a series of floral printed dresses with flowing hems in a cream and marigold yellow colour scheme, as well as an eye-catching dark floral dress with thigh-high slit and dramatic neckline.

Paris Fashion Week continues on Thursday with shows from Rick Owens, Off-White, and Isabel Marant.

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