Virgil Abloh to Lead Men’s Design at Vuitton

LVMH has appointed Off-White designer Virgil Abloh, who came to prominence as Kanye West’s creative director, to lead men’s design at Louis Vuitton. His first show for one of the oldest and most powerful European houses in the luxury business will take place in June during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.

The appointment, widely rumoured in recent months, follows the departure of Kim Jones, Abloh’s predecessor at Louis Vuitton, in January. Last week, it was announced that Jones would become the men’s designer at LVMH-owned Christian Dior, replacing Kris van Assche.

Kim Jones, Abloh’s predecessor at Louis Vuitton is now at LVMH-owned Christian Dior.

Having followed with great interest Virgil’s ascent since he worked with me at Fendi in 2006, I am thrilled to see how his innate creativity and disruptive approach have made him so relevant, not just in the world of fashion but in popular culture today. His sensibility towards luxury and savoir-faire will be instrumental in taking Louis Vuitton’s menswear into the future,” said Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s Chairman & CEO.

Virgil Abloh with Naomi Campbell at his Off-White™ S/S 2018 show.

It is an honor for me to accept the position of Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times,” stated Virgil Abloh.

Who is Virgil Abloh?

Born in Rockford, Illinois in 1980, Virgil Abloh is an artist, architect, engineer, creative director, and designer. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, he completed a Master´s Degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in a curriculum founded by Mies van der Rohe. It was here that he learned not only about modernist design principles but also about the concept of multi-disciplinary working.

Virgil Abloh’s brand Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™ was started in 2012 as an artwork titled “PYREX VISION.” In 2013, the brand premiered a seasonal men’s and women’s fashion label showing runway collections during Paris Fashion Week since 2015. Abloh has also presented his work at major design institutions around the globe by the likes of Harvard Graduate School of Design, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Rhode Island School of Design.

In 2019 he will have a major exhibition of past and current work at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, Virgil Abloh for Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™ is among the finalists of the LVMH Prize. He has been awarded various prizes, most recently winning the British Fashion Awards Urban Luxe award and International Designer of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2017.

Off-White™ S/S 2018

 For Off-White™ ‘s S/S 2018 collection, Virgil re-imagines what Princess Diana’s wardrobe would look like if she were alive today – right down to the much-anticipated shoe collaboration with Jimmy Choo, which is available to shop hereicon.

Plastic-covered stilettos:  Jimmy Choo x Off-White collaboration campaign image.


Get the look: Crepe blazericon, crepe mini skirticon, Diana silver-tone crystal clip earringsicon, and C/O Jimmy Choo Anne 100 PVC-wrapped satin pumpsicon, all by Off-White™.

LoL, Sandra

Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton, © Fabien Montique, Courtesy of Pyrexforsale and Off-White™

The Hoodie

Trending now is the hoodie, but not just a hoodie… I am talking oversized, logo embellished, expensive and sold-out hoodies! The streets of New York, London, Milan and Paris have been filled with showgoers cocooned in those must-haves, and celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian are stepping out in hoodies that don’t call for any pants.

Suddenly, the hoodie becomes a luxurious wardrobe piece that you can dress up with a pencil or ruffled skirt and heels. But how much should you pay for a hoodie?

My favorite this F/W 2017: Cotton hoodie by Balenciaga
it comes with a hefty price tag of approximately CHF 600.00.

If you are maxing out your credit card for one of these beauties below, don’t feel guilty! It is worth this season… and if you don’t want to, no worries. You can always buy a CHF 10.00 hoodie and maybe look just as cool.

Printed cotton hoodie by Gucci

Printed cotton-blend hoodie by Vetements

Mansel printed cotton hoodie by Isabel Marant Étoile

Leaf Crop cotton hoodie by Off-White

Embroidered cotton-blend hoodie by Dolce & Gabbana

Distressed chiffon-paneled cotton-jersey hoodie by Givenchy

LoL, Sandra
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Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, via Getty Images

White Boots and Booties

After this week’s post about the must-have glitter boots, see today what else is trending in footwear for F/W 2017. As seen on the runways (from left to right in collage: Victoria Beckham – Marc Jacobs – Narciso Rodriguez), white ankle boots and booties are the preferred choice to due their versatile nature and nonchalant aesthetic.

This season, we are spoiled for choice — more so than ever before — when it comes to interesting white styles that will give your cold weather wardrobe that extra element of cool. Please find herewith the tip of the iceberg.

1 Buckled ankle boots by Derek Lam
2 Levy leather ankle bootsicon by Gianvito Rossi
3 Eri embellished leather ankle boots by Alexander Wang
icon4 Faux leather ankle bootsicon by Stella McCartney
5 Leather ankle boots iconby MM6 Maison Margiela
Leather ankle bootsicon by Balenciaga
7 Plume patent-leather ankle boots iconby Laurence Dacade
For Walking printed leather over-the-knee boots by Off-White

My favorite pair are those versatile Laura 85 leather boots by Gianvito Rossi.

Happy Shopping!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Off-White c/o Mytheresa Capsule Collection

Luxury online retailer MYTHERESA and 2013 launched fashion brand Off-White collaborated on a special capsule collection which will be sold worldwide exclusively from today. The collection, that consists of 8 pieces, picks up on Off-White’s high-minded take on street wear that embodies multiple juxtapositions, featuring lose shapes and street style in combination with very feminine details such as soft pastels and tight corsages.

An exciting look behind-the-scenes was given to both of the brands followers on social media through the videos “CUT HERE” (to watch part2 and part3 of the video trilogy, click on the highlighted text please), showing the making of the exclusive capsule collection. For the hero piece of the line, the khaki coloured Mackintosh, followers on social media were furthermore invited to be part of the creative process by deciding on the length of the coat.

The concept for the capsule collection was to embrace the internet’s relation with fashion, to empower the public and broaden while gaining additional fashion critics. The idea is that the garment is labeled with a series of marks. People can chime in with their opinion on where the garment should be cut. I take in the suggestions, but ultimately will make the final decision.” Virgil Abloh, Creative Director Off-White.

The Off-White c/o mytheresa.com exclusive capsule collection will be presented within a dedicated editorial story, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and the possibility to shop the looks directly.

TO SHOP THE EXCLUSIVE OFF-WHITE c/o MYTHERESA CAPSULE COLLECTION, CLICK HERE PLEASE.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Mytheresa, Off-White

Hilary Swank in Giambattista Valli

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The Hollywood actress looked stunning in a Giambattista Valli dress and Montblanc jewelry when she attended a pre-Oscar charity brunch to celebrate the Montblanc and UNICEF Signature For Good 2013 initiative.Hilary – who was at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles – was honored at the event, and gushed about her trip with Montblanc International chief executive officer Lutz Bethge to Ethiopia last year.”Every child deserves a fighting chance in life. Education is everything – if you have an education you have a better opportunity to overcome obstacles and have a fighting chance. There is no doubt that teaching is the most important job in the world,” she told WWD.
Hilary Swank wearing Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco Collection in Red Gold and diamonds attends a Pre-Oscar charity brunch hosted by Montblanc and UNICEF to celebrate the launch of their new “Signature For Good 2013” Initiative with special guest Hilary Swank at Hotel Bel-Air on February 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Montbanc) *** Local Caption *** Hilary Swank

I loved Hilary Swank‘s look that she wore to the pre-Oscar charity brunch to celebrate the Montblanc and UNICEF Signature For Good 2013 initiative. The Hollywood actress looked stunning in this off-white outfit combined with metallic accessories.

Here are all the details to get her look (To shop, just click on the highlighted text):
Gazar-silk ruffled dress coatRazmir shell top iconand skirt, all three by Giambattista Vallisilver pumps by Miu MiuBelle de Jour metallic leather clutch by Saint LaurentPrincesse Grace de Monaco Collection earrings and bracelet  in pink gold and diamonds, both by Montblanc and bow belt iconby Asos.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Pascal Le Segretain and © Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Montbanc