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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