After a triumphant Louis Vuitton SS19 runway show at Paris Fashion Week, all eyes are on Virgil Abloh. The designer sat down with supermodel and British Vogue contributing editor Naomi Campbell to discuss the momentous event.
In a 12-minute interview, Abloh reflects on the show, his design influences, the first time he came to Paris, and the legacy of the Vuitton brand. He also discusses his 14-year friendship with Kanye West and exactly what that hug after the show signified for the pair.
“Kanye was the guy when it was completely unpopular that said, ‘I am not to be typecast into a box,’” says Abloh, “Like, he willed it for us. Going back, he was like, ‘We’re going to Fashion Week,’ this place where we can’t get in. That dream is his just as much as it’s mine. In my dream, it was him down the runway.”
He continues, “We’ve always been driven by fashion. We’ve always been the kids in the store wanting to know more. It felt like something was at play that we didn’t know but we appreciated.”
Regarding his future as artistic director of Louis Vuitton, Abloh says, “They’re allowing me to place my full collections in the same archives that go back to 1854,” adding, “I want us to be remembered.”
To see Abloh’s full interview with Campbell and British Vogue, press play above.
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