Fashion house Louis Vuitton paid homage to Virgil Abloh with a presentation of his final collection Thursday in Paris, taking to a surreal setting featuring a sunken house and oversize bed.
At the end of the Louis Vuitton autumn-winter 2022 show, models ambled around the set, some wearing white wings, and embraced one another, while the audience stood to take in the scene.
The location for the show, named ‘Louis Dreamhouse’ was a 19th-century warehouse, transformed into a childlike blue dreamscape, described by the late Abloh as “a spark of imagination that turns into an eternal flame.”
Sound design by Tyler, the Creator and performances by Chineke! Orchestra set the aural backdrop for the show, which presented a coming-of-age collection that followed “the boyhood ideology, seeing the world through the unspoiled eyes of a child.”
Abloh, the American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants who became fashion’s highest-profile Black designer and the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton’s menswear collections, died in November following a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer.
Abloh’s arrival at LVMH in 2018 marked the marriage between streetwear and high-end fashion, mixing sneakers and camouflage pants with tailored suits and evening gowns. His influences included graffiti art, hip hop and skateboard culture.
The show was meant to “consolidate the themes and messages of the eight-season arc” created by the designer at the luxury house, according to the LVMH-owned label.