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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Tom Ford wants to include international designers in CFDA Awards

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman. The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in J…

Tom Ford would like to open the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards to include international talent during his stint as chairman.

The American fashion designer, who succeeded Diane von Furstenberg as chairman of the organisation in June, hopes he can broaden the reach and appeal of the annual prizegiving ceremony by including international designers, but realises it may be a pipe dream as the CFDA board wouldn’t be taken with the idea.

“If you go to the British Fashion Awards, they give the British prizes, and then they give Best Womenswear, period. Guess what? People are interested,” he told U.S. Vogue magazine. “You’ve got LVMH (Moet Hennessy – Louis Vuitton) brands nominated, you’ve got Gucci nominated, and they all come, and it raises money, and they bring their celebrities and their models and the red carpet becomes bigger, and there are more pictures, and people start to care. By raising awareness of the CFDA, you elevate the global perception of American fashion.”

As part of the role, Ford, who created his eponymous luxury brand with menswear in 2005 and has since expanded into womenswear, underwear, accessories and beauty, has decided to streamline the upcoming New York Fashion Week (NYFW) schedule down to five days and will be hosting a dinner for American and international press as well as emerging designers to celebrate the event’s launch in September.

The 57-year-old also wants the talent in New York to be given more global coverage, with him commenting, “I want global exposure to the creativity that is in New York. Everything is too inward-looking in this country. So American star designers, they leave. Virgil Abloh, where is he? He’s at (Louis) Vuitton. You go to Paris and you become global. You stay in New York, and you’re in New York.”

Ford will present his own collection on 9 September.

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Mary Quant to receive lifetime achievement award

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA). The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the ho…

Mary Quant is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural World Fashion Awards (WFA).

The iconic British designer, who revolutionised fashion in the ’60s and reintroduced colourful clothes to post-war Britain, will receive the honour at London’s Savoy Theatre on 18 September.

The WFA organisers said they selected Quant for the award in recognition of her “amazing journey as a powerful role model for the working woman, challenging conventions, whilst popularising the miniskirt, colourful tights, and tailored trousers” and to celebrate her role in “encouraging a new age of feminism”.

“It is such an honour to receive this award from the World Fashion Awards. It has been a privilege to have spent my life doing what I love and enjoy with so many extraordinarily talented and passionate people,” she said in a statement.

The award comes months after officials at the V&A Museum in London opened the first international retrospective about the designer, which features over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from her personal archive. It is open until February 2020.

Quant isn’t the only honorary award winner – Dame Vivienne Westwood is set to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Fashion prize at the ceremony.

The World Fashion Awards aims to celebrate the achievements of established and emerging fashion brands, outlets, designers, models, manufacturers, and influencers, and the winners of each category will be voted for by the general public.

Nominees for Womenswear Designer of the Year include Marc Jacobs, Elie Saab, Clare Waight Keller, Victoria Beckham, and Richard Quinn, while those competing for Menswear Designer of the Year include Rick Owens, Virgil Abloh, Raf Simons, Ozwald Boateng, and Riccardo Tisci.

The shortlist for International Fashion Icon Award includes Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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Zandra Rhodes to create homeware products for IKEA

Zandra Rhodes is to collaborate with bosses at Swedish furniture giant IKEA on a line of homeware products. The British designer, who is known for her bold prints and quirky style, has teamed up with executives at the retail company to explore “patter…

Zandra Rhodes is to collaborate with bosses at Swedish furniture giant IKEA on a line of homeware products.

The British designer, who is known for her bold prints and quirky style, has teamed up with executives at the retail company to explore “pattern and colour” and discover what products can be created “when colourful fashion prints, inspired by local pattern cultures from across the globe, are put into the home context.”

In a statement, Rhodes said she was excited to bring her signature aesthetic to a whole new realm of design.

“I initially started my career as a textile designer, studying Printed Textile Design at The Royal College of Art in London. Pattern and colour have always been two mediums synonymous with my work and are mostly associated with my fashion designs,” the 78-year-old commented. “What a fabulous opportunity to re-imagine my designs into homeware products working with the world’s leading furniture retailer and icon, IKEA. I hope to bring my passion for textiles, print and colour to this global market drawing inspiration from my distinctive style and love of travel. What an exciting adventure for The House of Zandra Rhodes!”

Nils Larsson, Creative Leader at IKEA Range and Supply, added that Rhodes was the perfect choice for the project because of her creative reputation.

“We want to explore how to make textile prints and patterns more contemporary and connected to local cultures. And who better to do this together with, than the experienced, ultra-creative fashion designer Zandra Rhodes?” he asked.

Rhodes isn’t the first designer to work with the company – Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh recently produced a range of artworks intended to be used as rugs, wall hangings or art pieces.

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Kanye West launching grant to help emerging designers

Kanye West is launching a grant to help support emerging designers. The rapper, who launched his Yeezy label in 2015, has set up a creative incubator programme to offer financial assistance and guidance to up-and-coming fashion designers. The first r…

Kanye West is launching a grant to help support emerging designers.

The rapper, who launched his Yeezy label in 2015, has set up a creative incubator programme to offer financial assistance and guidance to up-and-coming fashion designers.

The first recipient of the grant is Maisie Schloss, a former member of the Yeezy womenswear design team, who told editors at Vogue.com she wouldn’t have been able to achieve her vision without Kanye’s support.

“Yeezy is a really special environment for growing and developing a career. When I started, I was just an assistant, but the highly creative and unconventional atmosphere allowed for me to have visibility and input in a wide variety of projects,” Schloss said. “Kanye very generously offered to support me; he truly cares about sharing resources, creating opportunities for creatives to grow and be recognised.”

Schloss will launch her brand, Maisie Wilen, at an event in Los Angeles this week and in Paris later in June. It will feature an 85-piece resort collection, with items priced between $100 (£79) and $950 (£751).

“My first collection is inspired by rhythmic gymnastics and robotics, specifically studying how elegant fluidity emerges from rigid system,” the Parsons School of Design graduate continued. “Strongly driven by print, the clothes themselves are playful and fashion-forward but rooted in very wearable shapes.”

The rapper has previously offered his support to designers such as Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear, Virgil Abloh, and Jerry Lorenzo, the founder of streetwear label Fear of God. He has also worked with young creatives such as archivist David Casavant and stylist Ursina Gysi.

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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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Justin Bieber stopped by police over ‘stolen’ sneakers

Justin Bieber was stopped and questioned by police officers who thought that he was wearing a pair of stolen sneakers.The Love Yourself hitmaker was wearing a pair of limited edition Off-White X Nike Air Max 90 sneakers, which are from a sold-out colla…

Justin Bieber was stopped and questioned by police officers who thought that he was wearing a pair of stolen sneakers.

The Love Yourself hitmaker was wearing a pair of limited edition Off-White X Nike Air Max 90 sneakers, which are from a sold-out collaboration between the iconic sports label and artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection, Virgil Abloh.

The shoes feature a white zip tie looped through the laces, which police officers mistakenly thought looked like a security tag.

Taking to Instagram Stories, the What Do You Mean? star recounted the incident to fans, joking that the designer had set him up.

“I just had a cop come up to me and ask me why I still had the security tag on my shoe,” the 25-year-old said while speaking to the camera. “I had to tell him, ‘Bro, it’s just fashion’.”

Justin tagged the esteemed designer in the clip and showed off the high-end sneakers, which he wore with a pair of khaki corduroy pants.

The Love Yourself singer continued by detailing the conversation that he had with the police officer, in which he expressed his disbelief at the situation.

“He’s like, ‘It sure looks like a security tag’ (and) I’m like, ‘Nah, bro, you can check it out.’

“You’re getting me in trouble!” he joked, addressing Virgil directly.

The limited edition sneakers, which were released in January (19), originally retailed for around $160 (£122) but are now being resold for as much as $600 (£457).

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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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