“A true creative genius, visionary, and disruptor”.
Let’s borrow the words with which Louis Vuitton presented the spin-off show titled “Virgil was here” from the Spring/Summer 2022 men’s show, held in Miami.
A true tribute to the entire career, legacy and disruptive talent of the late male creative director of the French fashion house Virgil Abloh. One of the most influential and decisive creative figures of the last 30 years, a decisive game-changer who forever changed the fate and future of fashion and design.
The official presentation of Vuitton’s men’s SS22 that took place in June – in which the looks of the collection were presented – was a reflection on black culture through a film directed by director Mahfuz Sultan entitled Amen Break. The title comes directly from the name of a precise drum solo composed of four bars that changed the music of the twentieth century forever, becoming the basis of hip hop and jungle.
The film reflects on a historical moment in black art and culture, when hip hop and electronic music were generated by the same spark and then spread like wildfire.
Virgil and Mahfuz have constructed a reality that smacks of a dream but represents an interpretation of the life of Lupe Fiasco, a rapper originally from Chicago’s Southside who grew up in a tough neighborhood in the late 70s and early 80s.
Lupe Fiasco’s dad was a drummer and a member of the Black Panther Party, who worked to give a viable alternative to the street to those kids who seemed to be unable to even dream of an alternative. He organized martial arts classes open to all, saving a lot of young people in the neighborhood, and helped his son transmit values such as peace, understanding and responsibility to the new generations.
Amen Break is the story “of a father and son united by a loss, crossing a dream world to deliver a message”.
These are the inspirations behind the silhouettes of the collection, but what marked last night’s event the most were the 10 additional looks that celebrated Virgil Abloh’s legacy.
Streetwear blending with haute couture in a sort of game in which the two styles chase each other showing their respective differences and contradictions but which combine perfectly thanks to the vision that distinguished Virgil’s aesthetic.
“Life is so short that you can’t waste even a day subscribing to what someone thinks you can do versus knowing what you can do”.
With these words of Virgil echoing in the night of Miami, the last show of the extraordinary, decisive and unfortunately short career of that boy from Chicago closed. He will always be a constant beacon of hope for anyone to be able to realize their dreams, even if only apparently unreachable.
Below you can see the entire Spring/Summer 2022 men’s show by Louis Vuitton dedicated to the memory of Virgil Abloh.