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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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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Duckie Thot urges fashion leaders to do more amid Black Lives Matter protests

Duckie Thot has called on fashion industry leaders to do more to support the Black Lives Matter protests occurring across the United States.Following the tragic death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minne…

Duckie Thot has called on fashion industry leaders to do more to support the Black Lives Matter protests occurring across the United States.

Following the tragic death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minnesota on 25 May, numerous protests were staged across the nation over the weekend in which activists demanded an end to racial prejudice.

Famous faces such as Beyonce, Chrissy Teigen and Halsey have pledged their support by either attending the protests or donating funds to relevant non-profits, and Australian model Duckie, whose family are South Sudanese refugees, took aim at the fashion business in a series of posts on Twitter.

“The fashion industry needs to do more! Yall literally use me to promote your products. Your silence aint it. I want to see the support (sic),” she wrote.

Duckie also criticised Louis Vuitton menswear designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh, after he revealed he’d donated $50 ($40) to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“VIRGIL!!! HOW DARE YOU,” the 24-year-old fired. “if y’all are going to run up on anything today, let it be LV and Off-White. he needs to personally feel it.”

Virgil has come under fierce criticism in recent days, and has since shared a lengthy statement on social media explaining his views. The designer has also clarified that he has donated $20,500 to bail funds and other causes.

“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,” he penned, before admitting his “anger and rage” over Floyd’s death.

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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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Adele shows off incredible transformation in rare social media post

Adele has showed off her incredible transformation in a new social media post to mark her 32nd birthday.The Hello singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to upload a picture of herself posing in a black, high-neck minidress with puffball sleeves while st…

Adele has showed off her incredible transformation in a new social media post to mark her 32nd birthday.

The Hello singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to upload a picture of herself posing in a black, high-neck minidress with puffball sleeves while standing in front of a giant floral arch outside of her home in Los Angeles.

In the accompanying caption, Adele thanked her fans for their well wishes and also took the time to acknowledge essential healthcare workers on the frontline during the global coronavirus pandemic.

“Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time,” she wrote. “I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly our angels. 2020 okay bye thanks x.”

Famous followers including designers Riccardo Tisci and Virgil Abloh, Lil Nas X, Jameela Jamil, and Rita Wilson were quick to wish the Someone Like You hitmaker a happy birthday in the comments on the post, which has already amassed almost two million likes.

And Chrissy Teigen was one of the first to note the mother-of-one’s total body transformation, with Adele having reportedly lost around seven stone (44 kilograms).

“I mean are you kidding me,” the model and cookbook author quipped, while Oprah Winfrey pressed the British star for new music this year: “Our birthday gift should be an Adele 2020 album, yes?!”

The Oscar winner split from her husband, Simon Konecki, in April last year.

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Off-White face mask tops list of most-searched fashion items

An Off-White face mask has topped the rankings of most-searched fashion items.On Wednesday, analysts at fashion platform Lyst unveiled their findings for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that a face mask featuring an arrow motif from Virgil Abloh…

An Off-White face mask has topped the rankings of most-searched fashion items.

On Wednesday, analysts at fashion platform Lyst unveiled their findings for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that a face mask featuring an arrow motif from Virgil Abloh’s streetwear brand was the hottest product in the men’s category.

The mask, priced at $95 (£76), is now sold out, but is currently listed for up to three times its original price on resale platforms. Streetwear-inspired masks have been trending for some time, with Billie Eilish wearing a custom Gucci version to the Grammy Awards in January and the likes of Travis Scott, Future, and Young Thug sporting the items to events for several years.

However, the team at Lyst believe the coronavirus crisis, in which people in affected nations are encouraged to wear face masks to help curb the spread of Covid-19, has accelerated interest even further.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter,” a spokesperson commented. “Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon.”

Other sought-after products for men included Prada’s bolo tie, Loewe’s half-zip fleece from the Eye/LOEWE/Nature outdoors collection, and Stone Island’s cargo trousers.

As for the women’s category, the Bottega Veneta padded Cassette bag was the most popular item, with Off-White’s soft lace bodysuit, Gucci’s pattern tights, and an Anine Bing tiger sweatshirt also in the mix. Yet, the most surprising addition was an increase in interest for pre-owned Chanel handbags.

“Chanel’s classic double flap bag saw a 75 per cent increase in searches over the quarter,” they added. “Perhaps driven by the fact that Chanel does not sell bags through its own website, and with bricks-and-mortar luxury stores shuttered in many markets due to the coronavirus outbreak, demand for these classics has increased on second-hand marketplaces.”

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Carine Roitfeld hosting star-studded virtual fashion show for coronavirus relief

Carine Roitfeld is hosting a star-studded virtual fashion show to raise awareness for the coronavirus relief effort.The second annual CR Runway show, in collaboration with the amfAR Fund to Fight Covid-19, will be a catwalk extravaganza featuring the l…

Carine Roitfeld is hosting a star-studded virtual fashion show to raise awareness for the coronavirus relief effort.

The second annual CR Runway show, in collaboration with the amfAR Fund to Fight Covid-19, will be a catwalk extravaganza featuring the likes models Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ashley Graham, Adriana Lima, Halima Aden, Hailey Bieber, and Irina Shayk.

Hosted by Derek Blasberg, head of fashion and beauty partnerships at YouTube, the Fashion Unites show will feature runway walks with models wearing looks from their own personal wardrobes, which Roitfeld styled remotely.

The 30-minute show has been entirely self-filmed and will feature inspiring words from the fashion elite.

Designers Diane von Furstenberg, Virgil Abloh, and Alexander Wang are set to make a virtual appearance alongside Kim Kardashian, Winnie Harlow, and Amber Valletta.

The former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris said she was inspired to “engage with the creativity of others more than ever” while in self-isolation at her luxury apartment in Paris, France.

“I am very proud of how much we all stepped out of our comfort zones to create this event,” she told WWD. “For the first time, hairstylists brought their visions to life without the use of their hands, models called the shots from behind the camera, and I learned how to style looks using only what I could see through a video call on my phone.”

The inaugural CR Runway fashion show, co-founded by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, debuted in Florence, Italy, in June last year, and included models Irina Shayk, Bella Hadid, Karolina Kurkova, and Stella Maxwell.

The Fashion Unites show will stream on YouTube at 4pm (EST) on Friday.

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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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Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh join 2020 LVMH Prize jury

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers …

Stella McCartney and Virgil Abloh are to help judge the 2020 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers competition.

Every year since 2013, executives at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) have held the prestigious contest, with the Young Fashion Designers competition open to designers from around the world who have produced at least two collections and who are under 40.

On Tuesday, organisers announced that this year’s winner will be announced at an event held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on 5 June, with McCartney and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Abloh among the panel.

Singer Rihanna, who launched her Fenty clothing label in partnership with the luxury conglomerate last year, will also be on the jury.

“For this seventh edition, I am delighted to announce the arrival of Virgil Abloh, former Prize finalist, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, and Stella McCartney in the jury of the LVMH Prize,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton, in a statement. “They will be joining our prestigious panel which includes: Jonathan Anderson, Kris Van Assche, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Jacobs, Clare Waight Keller as well as Sidney Toledano, Jean-Paul Claverie and I. I wish to thank them for their involvement and their support to young creation. The prize is an incredible opportunity for these young designers to be appraised by them and to enjoy their advice.”

Those in the running for the 2020 LVMH Prize include New York-based designer Peter Do, British-Indian designer Supriya Lele, British menswear designer Priya Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia, French menswear designer Charaf Tajer of Casablanca, Emma Chopova and Laura Lowena of womenswear brand Chopova Lowena, London-based menswear designer Nicholas Daley, South African womenswear designer Sindiso Khumalo, and Japanese womenswear designer Tomotaka Koizumi of Tomo Koizumi.

The winner will take home $340,000 (£260,000) and receive support from executives at the company for 12 months.

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Yolanda Hadid makes runway return during Off-White fall 20 show

Yolanda Hadid made her runway return during the Off-White presentation on Thursday night.The Netherlands-born reality TV star worked as a model for 15 years before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s and starting a family with her then-husband Moham…

Yolanda Hadid made her runway return during the Off-White presentation on Thursday night.

The Netherlands-born reality TV star worked as a model for 15 years before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s and starting a family with her then-husband Mohamed Hadid.

While Yolanda is now often spotted in attendance at the fashion shows her daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid appear in, she couldn’t refuse an invitation from Off-White creative director Virgil Abloh to take to the catwalk alongside her oldest children as part of his fall/winter 2020 show in Paris.

Abloh told Vogue reporters backstage that he was excited by the idea of having a family involved in the spectacle, which was titled Slightly Off.

“I think, ‘What better sort of muse than not just one woman, but a family unit, the three of them, a family of models?’ I wanted to have that be the anchor of the show,” he said.

Bella opened the show wearing a deconstructed black jacket, long pleated skirt, and chain link necklace, while Gigi closed the spectacle in an avant-garde number comprised of a blue raincoat merged with an enormous white dress.

Yolanda, 56, took to the catwalk right in the middle, wearing a pair of black pencil trousers, a white blazer with black graffiti print, and black sunglasses.

And Bella was thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside her mother.

“It was amazing to walk the runway with her. I think that the outfit he put her in was perfect. It was the most amazing feeling because she’s always been the one that kind of gave us tips, and I think today I was more nervous than her,” she added.

Elsewhere in the presentation, Abloh offered up slinky dresses with round cutouts, cow print fabric, utilitarian jumpsuits, and metallic gowns with off-the-shoulder necklines.

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