After months of speculation, the rumours can now be put to rest. It’s confirmed: Virgil Abloh is officially Louis Vuitton’s new menswear artistic director. The news broke not long after the announcement of the post’s former incumbent Kim Jones as Dior Homme’s menswear spearhead. Fashion’s game of musical chairs is truly one that never ends.
Abloh’s appointment at Louis Vuitton signified more than just the guarantee of a profit margin boost. He’s now among the handful of black designers to ever head a luxury house — the other lone two being Ozwald Boateng at Givenchy (2004 to 2007) and Olivier Rousteing at Balmain. In an interview with The New York Times, the polymath behind Off-White explained: “Product is only one part of the luxury narrative. I want to use Louis Vuitton’s history with travel to really look at different cultures around the world to help make all our humanity visible. When creativity melds together with global issues, I believe you can bring the world together. Fashion on this level can really open eyes.”
From Kim Jones’ first day at Dior Homme to the unveiling of national swimmer Joseph Schooling as Hugo Boss’ new face, here are the best fashion ‘Grams of the week.
(Main image: Getty; featured image: Fabien Montique for Louis Vuitton)
Kim Jones, former Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director, congratulated his fellow creative for succeeding him.
“Congratulations to my friend Virgil !!! Love and respect”
And Jones went on to give us a glimpse of the view from his new office in Paris, the Dior Homme Headquarters.
Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling has been named Hugo Boss’ ambassador, officially becoming the first Singaporean signed to the brand. A capsule collection in collaboration with Schooling is set to launch in Singapore from May 25 onwards.
“On this history-making day, @milliebobbybrown declares her support for @marchforourlives at the Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles. CALVIN KLEIN applauds her, #MarchForOurLives and all those who support its mission in shaping a better future. #NEVERAGAIN #KCA”
“Ancient books inspire a collection of #GucciSS18 portfolios, decorated with metallic prints resembling leather-bound covers. Designed with a gusseted construction that mimics pages of a book, and a print along the flap intended to appear as the spine of a hardcover featuring the imagined title ‘Becchin Amore’ — an interpretation of the sonnet written by poet Cecco Angiolieri for his love Becchina. Illustration by @ignasimonreal.”
Harry Styles is continuing his global tour. The wacky suit-enthusiast brought his eclectic wardrobe along, and for the Germany leg, he was bedecked in a custom Clare Waight Keller-designed Givenchy costume.