After the official announcement that Virgil Abloh had passed away, Louis Vuitton revealed some big news. The fashion house announced that a posthumous display of his Spring/Summer 2022 collection in Miami would “pay tribute to the life and legacy of a creative genius.” In front of a packed crowd, the luxury fashion house unveiled a statue of the late Artistic Director.
The large-scale multicolor representation of Virgil Abloh sees the designer looking at the skies while holding an LV monogram-marked canvas. A series of drones were used to close out the show, forming a paper airplane, along with his initials and the touching message “Virgil was here.”
Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s Chairman, and CEO released a statement regarding the passing of Virgil. Mr. Burke stated: “It is with profound sorrow that I learned of the passing of Virgil Abloh. Virgil was not only a friend, great collaborator, creative genius, visionary, and disruptor, but also one of the best cultural communicators of our times. He paved the way for future generations. As a devoted supporter of his community through his charities and passions, he was an eternal optimist who believed anything was possible. In this same spirit, we at Louis Vuitton will proudly continue to celebrate his legacy with a final show in Miami, per his wishes. I am honored to have called him my friend. My deepest thoughts are with his wife, children, parents, family, and the entire community that was touched by his greatness.”
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