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)