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According to his respective fashion houses, Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and the founder of Off-White, has died.
LVMH, Louis’ parent company, made the shocking announcement Sunday… saying Virgil died Sunday of cancer, a disease he’d apparently been carrying and battling privately for several years.
Their CEO Bernard Arnault adds, “We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom.
The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.”
As previously stated, Virgil was historic in the fashion world, as he was the first black man to be appointed to lead LV’s look and vision in early 2018. He was a groundbreaking designer who was also close to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Speaking of Ye, Virgil and Kanye had a feud in recent years, which was alluded to in some of Kanye’s songs, but they put an end to it at the 2018 Paris Louis show, where they embraced in front of cameras and posed together.
Ye seemed irritated that Virgil had taken the Louis job at the time, rather than possibly working exclusively with him. VA was last seen in public a month ago, toward the end of October… when he was photographed walking the streets of New York with a snowboard in hand.
This appears to be a collab he was working on, which he was handing off to vet shredder Russell Winfield… who was apparently holding on to what Virgil had apparently made for him.
Just goes to show… the guy was a designer in every sense of the word, not just in terms of wardrobe and apparel. Virgil is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their two children. He was only 41 years old.
Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah