Ye, the singer formerly known as Kanye West, paid tribute to his friend and collaborator Virgil Abloh, who died after a two-year battle with an aggressive form of cancer.
Ye dedicated the last of his Sunday Service concerts to Abloh this weekend. At the end of the show’s livestream, which saw Ye’s choir sing a version of Adele is easy on me, a message flashed on the screen who read: “IN LOVING MEMORY FROM VIRGIL ABLOH, THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DONDA. “
The two started working together in the early 2000s, with Abloh becoming Ye’s creative director in 2010. “I have all of these ideas and Virgil is able to come up with them,” Ye said in an interview, “because he is a true architect. “
The fashion designer has also overseen the illustrations for some of Ye’s most acclaimed album covers, including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus and his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch The Throne.
Other celebrities paid tribute to Abloh, who was both the Creative Director of Off-White and the Creative Director of Menswear at Louis Vuitton, emphasizing his originality and unique ability to turn worlds upside down. fashion and music.
“The lesson to be taught here is to disrupt,” musician and director Questlove wrote on Instagram, “to provoke. Be controversial. Push buttons. Be a topic of conversation… live like a true artist… Virgil Abloh was art.
Kerby Jean Raymond, creative director of fashion label Pyer Moss wrote that Abloh was “the column. He unlocked new worlds ”, and called him“ an incredibly kind genius ”.
His designer colleague Dontella Versace called him an “innovator”. A creator for the history books. Model Naomi Campbell left three heartbroken emojis in the comments of Versace’s post.
Fashion brand GucciThe official Twitter of said the designer was “a huge inspiration to all of us both as a designer and as a person,” they wrote. “He will be sorely missed, even though his vision will endure through the paths he has traced throughout his career. “
Giorgio Armani commented that he “follows his career with great interest, his new approach to fashion and communication with a strong sense of inclusiveness”.
Creatives from the world of music, film and sport, including BTS, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell also paid tribute. Rapper Busta Rhymes thanked him for “an incredible and significant contribution to culture and to all walks of life”, while Drake wrote that he “would touch the sky 1000 more times for you”.
Venus Williams wrote that Abloh “inspired me to be better at everything I do. Her collections literally made me cry because they were so connected, so beautiful and so inspiring.
British actors Idris Elba and Riz Ahmed also celebrated Abloh’s achievements. Ahmed said the designer had “stretched the culture and changed the game.”
Abloh was battling cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, according to an announcement posted on his official Instagram page. He was 41 years old.
Meanwhile, Louis Vuitton has announced that its upcoming Spring / Summer 2022 presentation, to be held on November 30 in Miami, will be a tribute to the life and legacy of Abloh.