Kanye West's appearance at 2 Chainz' wedding on Sunday quickly became the center of online attention. West drew plaudits for his Louis Vuitton suit — designed by his friend Virgil Abloh — but copped flack for his seemingly ill-fitting YEEZY slides.
Abloh, however, believes much of the online criticism was misdirected. As per Refinery 29, the Louis Vuitton men's artistic director argued that the focus ought to rest on what the outfit represents, not how it was worn.
“That was the most important outfit of recent memory,” Abloh says. “It gave me hope after all the over-saturation of fashion where every two weeks there's a new It shoe. The brands [that West was wearing] were everywhere, but there was no identifiable brand.”
Abloh, who was appointed as creative director at Louis Vuitton in 2018, later speaks on his rise in the fashion industry and reiterates the importance of West wearing an outfit constructed by black designers.
“He and I are fans of fashion, and are obviously self-taught,” he continues. “We both got to a place where we were able to make these things and make them in our image. And to me, that image is as important as all of the Black women on the September covers."
"That’s crazy advanced. I think when people focus on something as small as the sandal, they might lose the bigger picture. Our heads are down and we’re creating, we’ve been trailblazing since before.”
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