Virgil Abloh has been named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2018. The publication released its list on Thursday, as reported by WWD.
Abloh, recently announced as creative director for menswear at Louis Vuitton, leads the way for the fashion world and is joined by fellow designer Christian Siriano, who is the youngest winner of Project Runway.
Legendary artist Takashi Murakami wrote the entry for Abloh. It reads: “Kids’ fervor for the stripe patterns and arrow marks he created for his fashion label, OFF-WHITE, is not a passing trend; rather, it shows how Virgil’s young followers, with their unclouded eyes, have been seeing right into the core of his creativity all along. With his appointment as artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear, his full merit will be understood even more widely around the globe.”
SNL star Leslie Jones wrote about Siriano, whom she praised for dressing her for the Ghostbusters premiere when no other designer offered her a dress.
“When I couldn’t get a dress for the ‘Ghostbusters’ premiere, Christian Siriano graciously stepped up and made me a dress like I’d known him for 10 years. He made me feel beautiful. I couldn’t believe no designers were reaching out to me to make a dress for one of the biggest premieres,” Jones wrote. “Oh, and he invited me to my first fashion show, where I got to yell like I was at a Yankees game — thanks, Christian!”
Rihanna, Tiffany Haddish, and Cardi B were among some of the most popular musicians to make the list. RiRi’s letter was written by Adele and reads: “Whenever I’ve met her, she’s been the most gracious, loyal and funny goofball of an icon. She glows like when someone’s taken a picture with a flash and you’re dazed for a few minutes after. But it’s also very clear in that glow that she genuinely doesn’t give a fuck; she’s fearless and full of all the right kind of attitude to be everything that she is and will be forever.”
In addition, Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler, and Millie Bobby Brown made the list too, as voted on by the public and selected by a TIME magazine panel. Check out the full list here.
The annual list will be celebrated at a gala next week, where Jennifer Lopez is slated to perform.
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