22 Jun '18, 6pm

Virgil Abloh takes on men's wear at Louis Vuitton

PARIS — On the afternoon before Virgil Abloh debuted his men’s wear collection for Louis Vuitton — an event that drew 1,000 seated guests; an additional 1,500 specially invited students; a truckload of the designer’s global celebrity pals, boldface names like Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West, Rihanna, ASAP Rocky, Alexander Skarsgard and Rita Ora; and a handful of Chinese pop stars with social media followings numbering in the multiple millions — a flash mob gathered at Vuitton headquarters on the Right Bank near the Seine. Tandem teams of messengers hauled in flower arrangements for the designer, so many that the reception area began to look like a wedding hall. Assistants from a 35-member men’s wear team did frenzied, last minute fittings on a model. The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami — one of a laundry list of global creatives whom Mr. Abloh counts among his collabor...

Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/fashion/louis-vuitton-...

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