Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, and Kim Kardashian were also on hand to celebrate.
When Off-White designer and Kanye West protegé Virgil Abloh was named as Louis Vuitton’s menswear designer in March, the fashion world blew up.
Now, with his first collection for the house, we’re seeing what he can do. Abloh sent models down a 200-metre rainbow runway in clothes that bridge the gap between his streetwear history and Louis Vuitton’s high-fashion heritage.
If the looks on the famous faces who sat front row are anything to go by, it was a huge success.
Half-Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid sat next to Naomi Campbell, with Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and the aforementioned West also there to support Abloh.
The designer worked with West as his creative director prior to the 2013 launch of his luxe streetwear label, Off-White. West and Abloh met in 2009 when they both interned with Fendi.
Hadid, who’s also a friend of Abloh’s, wrote a message of support on Instagram.
“Tears of happiness all around,” she said. “Congratulations for one of the most historic days in fashion. We are all so proud of you… Absolutely magnificent.
“Life changing if I do say so myself. Your hard work and love for what you do shows through each of your collections but this was the most special of them all. Anything is possible.”
Bajan hitmaker Rihanna also sent Abloh her best, writing on Instagram that she had “witnessed black history in off white.”
“Proud of you bro,” she wrote in a separate post.
The collection has been well-received, with Women’s Wear Daily saying it felt fresh for both Louis Vuitton and Abloh himself.
“It’s not oversize. There’s volume in the pant, it’s very relaxed, very casual, very chic. Those are the things that I believe in. That’s my personal aesthetic. This is me having a conversation with luxury,” the designer told WWD.
“Luxury is something that’s coveted. It’s not necessarily something that’s expensive, so I’m employing the perfect vintage T-shirt that you find in Melrose in LA — that’s equally as important as a cashmere sweater in brushed mohair,” Abloh continued.
We’re thinking it’s a new era.