America’s famous fashion designer Virgil Abloh passed away. Virgil Abloh was only 41 years old. Abloh’s death was announced on Sunday by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and Abloh’s Off-White label, which was founded by Virgil Abloh in 2013. Abloh was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s menswear, but his ubiquitous, consumer-friendly presence in culture was wide-ranging and dynamic. Many people compared him with Jeff Koons, and others hailed him as his generation’s Karl Lagerfeld.
“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH said in a statement.
Priyanka Chopra shared a story and wrote: “how soon he left.”
Tracee Ellis Ross wrote in her Instagram post: “VIRGIL ABLOH. This is a devastating loss to culture and fashion. What an inspiration and a creative force. Sending so much love to his family and loved ones.”
Anima Iris wrote in the Instagram post: “As a Black designer in overwhelmingly white luxury spaces, Virgil Abloh’s existence was so resounding that it paved the way for other Black designers like myself. And for that, I am forever grateful.”
“As I reflect on his passing, I think about how momentous of a life he lived. In African culture, and certainly in the Ghanaian culture from which Virgil’s roots lay, they don’t grieve of life lost but instead celebrate a life well lived. Virgil inspired millions with his God given talent. He lived out his purpose. That alone, is the greatest blessing.”
“May he rest in power and may his legacy live on🙏🏿 🕊”
Donatella Versace wrote in her Instagram post: “Virgil, I am lost for words. The world has lost a fashion superstar. An innovator. A creator for the history books. I am thinking of all your loved ones on this tragic day. Love, Donatella 💔😢.”
Fashion House Gucci wrote on Twitter: “We would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Virgil Abloh, an immense inspiration to us all both as a designer and as a person. He will be deeply missed though his vision will live on through the trails that he blazed throughout his career.”
Former Elle Magazine Editor-In-Chief Nona Garcia wrote on Twitter: “You left us way too soon Virgil. Your creativity, your infinite sense of curiosity, your love for design, your impeccable work ethic and your enormous generosity shaped a creative universe that challenged old misconceptions about how fashion should establish a dialogue with other disciplines. Your understanding of fashion bridged a gap, attracting a new audience that revered your designs. I was one of them. Today we all mourn you. You made a more beautiful, practical and energized world. And this energy, my dear friend Virgil Abloh, will be your legacy because you are the main source of inspiration of a new generation of creators touched by your artistic and kaleidoscopic sensibility.”