Luxury’s biggest brand will dedicate its Spring-Summer 2022 menswear show in Miami this week to the memory of creative director Virgil Abloh.
Abloh passed away on Sunday at the age of 41. The designer had battled a rare form of cancer for several years.
The Miami show will go ahead as planned Tuesday “in loving memory” of the designer, in line with his wishes, the brand said.
”Virgil was not only a friend, great collaborator, creative genius, visionary and disruptor, but also one of the best cultural communicators of our times,” Louis Vuitton’s chief executive Michael Burke said in a statement.
”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,” the statement continued. “Louis Vuitton will proudly continue to celebrate his legacy with a final show in Miami, per his wishes.”
The runway show will include 72 looks from Abloh’s spring-summer 2022 collection, which first showed in a June brand video. It will also feature an additional 30, including a grey formalwear theme.
The Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton men’s designer had been called the Karl Lagerfeld of his time before succumbing to cancer at 41.