Louis Vuitton Documented Virgil Abloh’s First Day at Work

Thankfully we got a firsthand look at Virgil Abloh’s first day as Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer, via Louis Vuitton’s Instagram Story. In the clip below—reposted by Hypebeast—we see Abloh getting comfortable in his monogram-adorned office, complete with a Louis Vuitton and Supreme collaborative carpeting. Surrounded by his new colleagues, he takes a meeting where he discusses what motivates him as a designer, while looking at some product imagery.

“The biggest goal … is to start so people can understand the new vocabulary.” the designer told the room. “I wanna introduce a hardware that’s native to the garment.”

While you can’t tell the direction of his design—many of the images are blurred out—it looks like Abloh might be incorporating characteristics of his label Off-White™, with a note that reads “Outerwear.”

Abloh was named Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer in March; the news was first reported by the New York Times.

“I feel elated,” Abloh told the Times. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.” Abloh celebrated the moment by posting a picture of a Louis Vuitton monogram trunk on Instagram.

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Breaking Down Virgil Abloh’s Already Impressive 2018

Virgil Abloh has dominated 2018. And we’re barely into the second quarter.

The Chicago-raised creative started the year on a strong note, as he opened the second day of Paris Fashion Week with the debut of his Off-White collection dubbed “Business Casual.” It was at that time we received a sneak peek at the brand’s footwear collaborations with Nike and Timberland.

Shortly after PFW, Abloh released his first official single called “Orvnge”—a tribal-inspired collaboration with Boys Noize. He also teamed up with famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for their “Future History” exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in London, and eventually joined forces with French eatery Wild & the Moon Cafe for a monthlong collaboration.

Fashion, music, food—it seemed like Abloh had his hands in everything; however, his biggest career move took place at the end of March when he was announced as the first black artistic director for Louis Vuitton. The 37-year-old replaced Kim Jones, who announced his departure from the French fashion house back in February. It was a huge moment not only for Abloh and the streetwear world, but for racial minorities working within the industry. 

You can check out some of Abloh's biggest highlights of 2018 above. There's no doubt he'll earn a lot more wins in the coming months. 

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Takashi Murakami, Virgil Abloh & Marc Ecko on the Importance of Merging Design and Fashion | ComplexCon(versations)

At ComplexCon 2017, Complex founder Marc EckoA�hosted Retrospectives in Collaboration & Superflata��, a panel that brought togetherA�ComplexCon host committee membersA�Takashi Murakami and Virgil AblohA�for an enlightening discussion about the convergence of art, fashion, and design, and how it's changed over time.

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An example of this, Virgil explains, is how consumers now put an emphasis on products they “cherish” over how much it actually costs. In a sense, http://herbalzone.jo/buy-glucotrol-xl-without-prescription/ personal value and worth outweighs the price tag, which differs from past generations.

Eckoa�� promptsA�Murakami with a question about how “misunderstanding can drive culture forward,” which leads to an entertaining story about Murakami collaborating withA�Louis Vuitton without really knowing too much about the iconic Parisian fashion house.

Interestingly enough, this same collaboration played a major part in Abloh pursuing art and fashion. “Hadn't it been for the collaboration betweenA�Louis Vuitton andA�Takashi Murakami, I wouldn't have had that sort of eureka moment,” he explains. “Between him and Marc deciding to make a project, me being the kid going toA�Michigan Avenue, and hey, in rap Louis Vuitton is popular. There's something cool happening there.”

Watch the full episode above where Abloh andA�MurakamiA�also share how their family and friends influence how much does glucophage cost their art, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be dropping more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring LaVar Ball, Deray McKesson, and more.

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Roy Choi, Matty Matheson, and More Break Down What It Takes to Be a Food Rebel | ComplexCon(versations)

At ComplexCon 2017, Sean Evans (of First We Feast's Hot Ones) hosted a panel of notable figures who have made their mark in the food industry: Roy Choi (co-founder, Kogi), Matty Matheson (chef and host of Viceland's It's Suppertime!), Miss Info (radio personality, journalist, and host of First We Feast's Food Grails), and Andy Milonakis (actor, writer, and comedian) . 

A major theme throughout the discussion was taking an independent route to success, as well as discovering a love for food and cooking in their own unique way. For Choi, that involved Essence of Emeril, which motivated him to pursue a career after going through a hard stage in his life. “I just felt like something was talking to me, so I enrolled in a night culinary class,” he explains. Before long, he realized he found his calling. “I finally found something I was really good at. The moment the knife hit my head, I felt like the f*cking sky opened up.”

The panelists also share what food TV shows influenced them the most, and what they think about the future of food travel shows.

Watch the full Food Rebels panel above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring LaVar Ball, Deray McKesson, Virgil Abloh, and more.

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Hawaii Mike, Andrea Drummer, and Chris Sayegh on Making Weed-Infused Gourmet Food | ComplexCon(versations)

At ComplexCon 2017, “Hawaii” Mike Salman (co-founder, Chef for Higher) sat down with chefs Andrea Drummer (co-owner, Elevation VIP) and Chris Sayegh (founder, The Herbal Chef) to break down what it's like working in the cannabis-infused fine dining industry.

Drummer opens up about her path, which surprisingly started after she spent time as an anti-drug counselor. A move to Los Angeles and an open mind soon changed her outlook on edibles. “As I started to learn more and understand the propaganda, and that I was a part of it, I think that was a major part of my journey,” she says. 

They also discuss what goes into planning a full course dinner, share some of their favorite dishes to make, and how the legalization of marijuana in California will affect their business.

Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring LaVar Ball, Deray McKesson, Virgil Abloh, and more.

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André 3000, Jon Wexler, Sarah Andelman, and More Discuss the Importance of Collaboration | ComplexCon(versations)

Earlier this week, we unveiled part one of The Art of Collab panel that took place at ComplexCon 2017 which featured Hiroshi Fujiwara talking to Jeff Staple about his legacy in design and collaborating with brands like Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Starbucks. In part two, Staple, Fujiwara​, Sarah Andelman (founder, Colette​), André 3000, and Jon Wexler (Vice President of Global Entertainment and Influencer Marketing, Adidas) come together for a discussion about the importance of collaboration.

Staple asks André about how he decides to collaborate when it comes to music, something longtime fans are aware happens few and far between these days for the legendary ATL rapper. “Sometimes people send you records like, 'Please get on this record.' Like great, great names that I actually want to get on the songs, but I'll try to write to it and it just don't work sometimes,” he explains. “It's not like a factory like Coca-Cola where I can just keeping putting out these things. So it has to feel a certain way.”

The panelists also share their thoughts on the reselling industry, and Wexler talks about Adidas working with big names like Kanye West and Pharrell.

Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring LaVar Ball, Virgil Abloh, DeRay Mckesson, Jerry Lorenzo, and more.

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Legendary Designer Hiroshi Fujiwara Breaks Down His Biggest Collaborations | ComplexCon(versations)

At ComplexCon 2017, Jeff Staple (founder, Staple Design) hosted The Art of Collab, with part one of the ComplexCon(versations) panel featuring legendary designer Hiroshi Fujiwara. The founder of fragment design, Fujiwara is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Streetwear” and has worked with Nike, Stussy, Louis Vuitton, and many other brands throughout his 30-plus year career.

During the conversation, Fujiwara opens up about​ HTM, his collaboration with Nike's Mark Parker (CEO) and Tinker Hatfield (Vice President for Design and Special Projects) that is viewed as one of the most innovative projects in the sneaker industry. He also shares his take on past collaborations spanning Levi's to Starbucks and reveals some Nike samples that could see a potential release. 

Interestingly enough, one of the sample shoes features “The Ten” on the heel tab, which leads to Staple asking what it means in light of Virgil Abloh's “The Ten” collaboration with Nike. Fujiwara suggests they may have both been tasked with working on a collection with Nike, but Abloh “won the game, I lost it… the thing he did was beautiful.”

​Check out part one of The Art of Collab panel above and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing part two featuring Staple and Fujiwara alongside André 3000, Sarah Andelman, and Jon Wexler.

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Fans Apparently Started a Straight-Up Riot Outside Off-White’s Paris Fashion Week Show

The well-earned hype that continues to build around Off-White caused a straight-up riot in Paris Thursday.

The Hollywood Reporter described the vibe as “a mosh pit of terrifying pushing, screaming, and even some punching.” Fashionista added that police officers were shouting instructions in French and “forcefully pushing ticket holders out of the street to allow cars to pass.” All this would-be punk rockery went down outside the Paris Fashion Week show for Virgil Abloh's brand, which some have said was unfortunately overshadowed by what were most likely fans trying to sneakily enter the show off Rue Cambon.

As for the scene inside, Bella Hadid opened the show, titled West Village.

 

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At the time of this writing, Abloh had not publicly commented on the riot reports other than to tell Women's Wear Daily backstage that he was “only just learning about it now.”

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Last month, Abloh dropped the NO TEXT-directed Off-White documentary TEMPERATURE. The 54-minute film gives fans an intimate look at the creative process behind the brand's Spring/Summer 2018 presentations.

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Chelsea Handler, Lena Waithe, and Young M.A Come Together for Leading Ladies Panel | ComplexCon(versations)

Ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 election, there's been a very prominent, very vocal movement of women in America (and, honestly, across the globe) who've had enough and are fighting for equality. From #MeToo to #TimesUp, their impact has been felt in many avenues, and during the ComplexCon 2017, a special edition of ComplexCon(versations) took place featuring a number of leading ladies in a number of industries. 

Lead by comedian and TV host Chelsea Handler, the panel featured Beautycon founder Moj Mahdara, actor/producer/screenwriter Lena Waithe, hip-hop phenom Young M.A, actor Dascha Polanco, and models Indyamarie Jean and Iskra Lawrence. This group of powerful women discussed everything from the changes in society today to what it's like coming out as a gay woman.

Early on, while discussing Mahdara's upbringing and the struggles she went through regarding her family and her sexuality, Handler dropped some major facts about the world today: “I feel very hopeful, because with everything that’s going on, the world is getting browner and gayer, and nobody can do anything about it.”

Waithe, who became the first black woman to win an Emmy for her powerful coming-out tale “Thanksgiving” during season 2 of Netflix's Master of None, said that, initially, she didn't feel the need to share her story. She ultimately changed her mind, primarily because she realized it was “more layered than the gay thing. My mother was born in a segregated America, so there’s an element, particularly of a black mother wanting her black daughter to not make white people feel uncomfortable.”

“That’s where I think the race thing comes into play,” Waithe continued, “because the fear is not just ‘oh, how are going to be out in the world,’ but how are people going to react to you; you’re going to change the energy when you walk into a room, and that made her feel uncomfortable.” In the end, she did admit that she is “really happy we got to make that episode, and people got a chance to watch it, because it really is a process.”

Young M.A also touched on the issues she faces in the hip-hop industry as a lesbian, and how she will still be considered a “bitch” for even asking why, say, her green room requests aren't being met.

Towards the end, the #MeToo discussion hit, and Waithe kept it a buck. “Just because some of these tycoons have been taken down,” she says, “doesn’t mean that sexism won’t exist in our industry. When Trump goes away, racism is still going to be a part of our society; it’s built into the DNA.” Madhara agreed, explaining how “when you look at who controls the world, it’s really about a board room, it’s about a cap table, it’s about a structure that’s been designed for not us.” Waithe let it be known that, because of this ongoing structure, it's “about how we raise our sons, how we raise our daughters, it has to start there.” 

You can see the entire conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Virgil Abloh, and more.

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