On Tuesday night, celebs, fashionistas and friends gathered in Miami at the Maritime Marina for the final show of Virgil Abloh, the Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director who passed away on November 28 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 41.
Having styled everyone from Serena Williams to Timothée Chalamet, and making a bevy of friends in the entertainment and fashion world along the way, his last show (which went on as per his wishes) was attended by a who’s-who of names. ‘Ye, Kim Kardashian, their daughter North, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Kerwin Frost, Pharrell, Gunna, Lil Baby and many more lined the runway to experience the final show from Virgil’s creative genius.
On top of viewing the Spring-Summer collection, the show provided a fitting tribute and a spectacle, with a larger-than-life statue of Virgil, that seemed to hover over the ground. There was also an LV hot air balloon, fireworks and a skywriter that said “Virgil Was Here.”
Celebs also acted as models in the show, as Kid Cudi and Migos rapper Quavo and Offset were spotted walking down the runway. They posted about their outfits on their Instagram accounts, showing off Virgil’s bold designs, colours and vision.
Before the show Ye, Kim K and their daughter North posed for pictures with Pharrell and Rocket. Kim also posted many photos from the show to her Instagram Stories, including the Virgil statue, and videos of the skywriting. Tributes to the late designer have been pouring in across the entertainment world since news of his passing broke. Kim, Pharrell, Justin Bieber have all shared their grief and gratitude on social media.
During the show at the Martime Marina, Ye and Pharrell sat side by side and seemed to enjoy the choice of music as they were caught grooving together in the front row.
Ye made sure to pose in front of the Virgil statue with designer Jerry Lorenzo. The show included some of Virgil's LV classics like the "VUITTON ROCKERS" sweaters, leather trench coats, jackets in all colours of the rainbow, Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1s, suits, tulle skirts, ruffled overcoats, hooded parkas, wide slit-hem slacks and all of them employed a bold use of colour. After the show, the attendees were treated to a fireworks display.
Louis Vuitton released a video tribute to the late designer, with Louis Vuitton’s CEO and Chairman Michael Burke writing, “It is with profound sorrow that I learned of the passing of Virgil Abloh. Virgil was not only a friend, great collaborator, creative genius, visionary and disruptor, but also one of the best cultural communicators of our times. He paved the way for future generations. As a devoted supporter of his community through his charities and passions, he was an eternal optimist who believed anything was possible. In this same spirit, we at Louis Vuitton will proudly continue to celebrate his legacy with a final show in Miami, per his wishes. I am honored to have called him my friend. My deepest thoughts are with his wife, children, parents, family and the entire community that was touched by his greatness.”
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