Louis Vuitton and Nike Show Honorees Virgil Abloh
Fashion communities, art and design spaces, and people worldwide continue to mourn the passing of the deceased. Virgil Abloh. First, have a sincere heart Louis Vuitton activated the men’s show at Art Basel last year. That event was followed by a star Off-White Collection Fall 2022 debut, where? Naomi Campbell, Serena Williamsand OG supers Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen stepped on the runway in his honor. The latest tribute is a series of activities that pay homage to the multi-global giant’s legacy.
Louis Vuitton is launching a series of activities, flashbacks, and capsules as part of their efforts to celebrate the enormous impact of Abloh, its powerful visual and design language, and its partnership long term with Louis Vuitton. First up as a fascinating exhibit, Louis Vuitton and Virgil Abloh’s Nike “Air Force 1” have taken over a sprawling warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Open to the public from May 20 to 31, 2022, the exhibition showcases the creative dialogue between Nike and Louis Vuitton as envisioned by Abloh, the maison’s male art director.
With a hologram floor and sky-blue walls embellished with “LV” and “Virgil” emerging in the clouds (inspired by the Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 menswear show), the center features 47 sessions Nike sneakers “Air Force 1” created by Virgil Abloh in partnership with Nike for Louis Vuitton.
The show offers an insight into the sneakers created by the designer in the summer of 2021 through his own inimitable lens, from the idea of the exhibition space – where that Virgil pushes people to reconnect with their inner child – to the concept of introducing sneakers as a highly art form. 47 versions of the Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” are displayed in motion on the magnetized walls and in the holographic displays that animate the sneakers. Fans can also structure the sneakers, seeing the shoe’s handcrafted layers from sole to cap through an interactive 3D station.
Throughout his career and through his distinct lens, Virgil has drastically changed the landscape of art, fashion, music, typography and pop culture. From changing the way haute couture approaches streetwear design, combining fashion and music, to giving visibility to marginalized advertisements, his presence is felt. received to this day. His legacy continues to inspire a slew of young multi-channel creators on “Dream Now”.
In addition to this interactive experience, a number of respective installations will take place in New York City and around the world. Fans and admirers can experience five pieces on display across the city at Domino Park, Grand Central, South Street Seaport, Astor Place, Columbus Circle, Flatiron Plaza and Gansevoort Plaza. Later this summer, Virgil’s traveling exhibition, Images of Speech, will also take up space in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum.
Up front, take a look inside the exhibition and inaugural party interior scenes and check out a few looks of the Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 designed by Virgil.