Celebrities may have more toys and a bigger space, but most are still stuck quarantining like the rest of us. Vogue recently spoke with a number of designers, photographers, artists, editors, and models to find out how they’ve been coping with isolation.
Virgil Abloh, for one, has taken the time to spruce up his work space. “I’m hanging up art and building a new work space, a recording studio. Under Construction is kind of the title of the image,” he said.
“I’m inspired by the fact that fashion can mean something different out of the end of this,” he went on to add. “It doesn’t feel like it did a year ago. Today it seems useless, in a way: a new handbag, a pair of shoes. Getting groceries seems more important than buying a new garment that I already have 30 of in a closet. I don’t think of that as a bad thing.”
“I’m also trying to find some solitude. You hear about these things: wellness, well-being. Meditating—that’s something I need to learn. I’m relishing the idea of not having to do something all the time, but that’s a trait I have to learn. I’m not wired that way.”
While Abloh has been working inside his home, Kim Kardashian West and family have found a safe haven in their theater room.
“That’s the place that has gotten the most use lately,” she told Vogue. “The whole family has spent the last few nights in there after the kids made it into a fort, with, like, different beds all over the floor. My daughter is the fort police. If you move out of your bed that she designated for you, it’s a problem.”
Conversely, renowned photographer Juergen Teller is learning to appreciate nature. “Observing nature feels important to me in these slow times: studying the birds, feeling the air get crisper and cleaner,” he said.
As with many others, Alessandro Michele is using the extra time to reconnect with old hobbies. “I’ve rediscovered knitting and the sacredness of manual work: Knitting is my way of praying,” said the Gucci creative director. “I’m also learning how to play my classical guitar, feeling the connection with my dad’s love for music.
“I’m aware of the privilege I have—I can slow down, while lots of other people are working tirelessly to help each and every one of us make it through these agonizing times,” he continued. “We would not be here, thinking about what this pandemic is teaching us, without their priceless effort. From my windows, I can hear the birds singing as I’ve never heard before; seawater in Venice is clear once again. These are the little signs we need to look at once we go back to inhabiting this fragile world.”
In addition to these select few, Vogue has spoken with other celebrities and creatives to find out what they’ve been up to in recent weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the publication’s website to learn more.