The fashion world pays tribute to multitalented designer Virgil Abloh


Virgil Abloh acknowledges the audience at the end of the Off-White women's Autumn/Winter 2019 ready-to-wear collection fashion show on Feb 28, 2019. Photo: AFP

He was an architect, a designer, a DJ and a fashion designer. In just 10 years, Virgil Abloh -- who died Nov 28 – left his mark on an entire generation.

As well as being acclaimed by the public, the designer was no less respected by the profession, which today mourns not only his creative and visionary genius, but also – and above all – the generous and inspiring man who contributed hugely to reinventing and democratizing luxury fashion.

Models, designers and major fashion houses have all paid tribute to the multitalented designer.

Many in the fashion industry took to social media to share their reactions to news of Abloh's death from a rare and aggressive cancer, as they were left reeling by this sad news that nobody expected.

The designer, who had been battling the disease privately for two years, according to a joint statement from Louis Vuitton, LVMH and Off-White, never let anything filter through beyond his closest sphere, accentuating the void left by this sudden and brutal loss.

Time to reflect, time to remember

It is an entire industry that is in mourning today, including models who worked closely with the fashion designer. Bella and Gigi Hadid both paid tribute to Abloh, sharing emotional messages.

"You broke boundaries and made everything your own. You shared your love infinitely.... We're gonna miss you a lot V. You really saw me and supported me on every level. As you did to so many of us. An ethereal light.... I'm devastated," the former confided in a long message posted on Instagram.

"I am heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend, and a friend to the world, Virgil Abloh. He was 1 of 1. His kindness and energetic generosity left a lasting impression on every life he touched – he made everyone feel seen and special. He will be deeply missed, cherished, and celebrated...," said the latter.

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