12 of Virgil Abloh’s most iconic celebrity looks

Rihanna posing with Virgil Abloh.
Virgil Abloh and Rihanna pose after the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show. Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images
  • Virgil Abloh passed away, aged 41, on November 28 following a battle with cancer.
  • The Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton artistic director played a key role in bringing streetwear mainstream.
  • He designed memorable looks worn by celebrities including Solange, Rihanna, and Hailey Bieber.

Fashion designer and creative powerhouse Virgil Abloh died on November 28 after a private two-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of heart cancer.
Virgil Abloh taking a bow.
Virgil Abloh and Gigi Hadid at the Off-White Menswear Spring Summer 2020 show during Paris Fashion Week in 2019. Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Getty Images
Louis Vuitton and Off-White shared the news of Abloh’s death in a joint statement on Sunday.

“We are all shocked after this terrible news,” LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault said in the statement. “Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom.”

Abloh was named Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for menswear in 2018. As Business Insider previously reported, this made him one of the few Black people to lead a top fashion house and the first Black American to lead a French one.

During his career, Abloh’s unification of high fashion and streetwear changed the world of fashion and earned him celebrity fans.

Here are 12 of his most iconic fashion moments with celebrities over the years.

Solange arrived at the 2016 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards wearing an eye-catching metallic suit by Off-White.
Solange in a two piece silver metallic suit
Solange Knowles attends the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards on November 7, 2016 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
The two-piece set was accessorized with silver jewelry, matching hair clips, and a pair of simple black heels.

Abloh founded Off-White, a luxury streetwear brand, in 2012. Through the label, he collaborated with partners including NikeIkea,  Jimmy Choo, and McDonald’s

Naomi Campbell closed Off-White’s Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear show in Paris in 2017 with Abloh at her side.
Virgil Abloh and Naomi Campbell pose together.
Virgil Abloh and Naomi Campbell at the end of the Off-White women’s 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 28, 2017. FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images
The runway icon closed out the show in a waist-cinching blazer and biker shorts. Her look served as a perfect representation of the couture-meets-streetwear style that Abloh pioneered.

Campbell reflected fondly on the moment in an Instagram post following the news of his death.

“Today is not the end it’s the beginning of your beautiful and young legacy,” Campbell wrote. “You always said you were an engineer and Architect can’t wait to see what you have in store for the world .this side and the other … It was an honor to walk for you.”

Kendall Jenner’s atypical 2018 Met Gala pantsuit was designed by Abloh.
Kendall Jenner and Virgil Abloh at the 2018 Met Gala
Kendall Jenner and Virgil Abloh attend the Met Gala on May 7, 2018 in New York City. Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images
In a look that was a bit more demure than some of her previous Met Gala looks, Jenner attended the event with the designer, who also wore an all-white ensemble.

Following his death, she shared an Instagram post highlighting Abloh’s influence on her personal life and the world of fashion.

“V taught me and all of us a very important lesson, although he knew he had only so long, he was bright, he was kind & he was full of love. we all need a little bit of Virgil in us. he leaves us with his influence, to create and change the world. you did just that Virg,” she wrote.

Rihanna was one of the first celebrities to be seen in Abloh’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton in 2018.
Rihanna posing with Virgil Abloh.
Virgil Abloh and Rihanna pose after the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France. Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images
After Abloh became the first Black designer to be named artistic director for the French fashion house, fellow multi-hyphenate Rihanna wore an all-white look to the designer’s historic debut. 
Sports stars flocked to Off-White’s reimagined takes on iconic sneakers, such as the Air Jordan 1, seen here on NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. at an Off-White show in 2018.
Odell Beckham wearing Off-White sneakers.
Odell Beckham Jr. attends the Off-White Show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on March 1, 2018 in Paris, France. Dominique Charriau/WireImage/Getty Images
Abloh’s Off-White x Air Jordan 1 was a standout, highly anticipated collaboration. The zip-tie adorned shoes released for $US190 ($AU265) in 2017, a fraction of the resale price, which has skyrocketed following the designer’s death.

Odell mourned the loss of the fashion visionary on Twitter.

“I wish we lived in a world where we could celebrate the living instead of celebrating them when they leave,” Beckham wrote. “Rest In Peace to my brother Virgil ! You were loved.”

 

Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner hit the runway for Abloh’s Off-White Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week in 2018.
Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk side by side for Off-White.
Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk the runway during the Off-White show during Paris Fashion Week on September 27, 2018. Richard Bord/Getty Images)
The supermodel pair opened the show sporting sleek variations of white button-downs.

Hadid also shared her shock at Abloh’s passing in a heartfelt Instagram post on November 28.

“The way he made a positive impact on anything he touched, and always pushed for his culture/the world is the reason why he was an angel on earth and one to so many,” she wrote. “The most beautiful warrior soul. I can’t believe this.”

Kaia Gerber also walked the Spring/Summer 2019 Off-White show.
Kaia Gerber walking the runway in an Off-White dress.
Kaia Gerber wears a creation by Off-White during the Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 27, 2018. FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images)
The white dress, a collaboration with Nike, highlighted the impact of sportswear on Off-White as a brand.
Hailey Bieber, pictured in an oversized Off-White trench coat, was a big fan of Virgil’s work.
Hailey Bieber wearing an Off-White trench coat.
Hailey Baldwin wears an oversized Off-White coat on March 8, 2019 in New York City. Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images
Abloh custom-designed Hailey Bieber’s wedding dress, and her lengthy veil was emblazoned with Off-White’s signature quotation-mark design, reading, “Till death do us part.”

Bieber shared a tribute to the designer on Instagram following the news of his death.

“Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply,” she wrote. “I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am to have known him and worked with him, from walking on his runways to having him design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt he was always rooting for me.”

Gigi Hadid attended the 2019 CFDA Awards with Abloh. Her outfit was a mix of pants, a skirt, and a blazer, all from Louis Vuitton’s Fall 20219 Menswear Collection.
Gigi Hadid poses with Virgil Abloh
Gigi Hadid and Virgil Abloh attend the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum on June 3, 2019 in New York City. Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images
Abloh was nominated for two CFDA Fashion Awards in 2019: Menswear Designer of The Year and Accessories Designer of The Year.

Following his death, Hadid shared her devastation at the news, as well as condolences for his family, in a touching Instagram post.

“You will continue to inspire me every day, V,” she wrote. “I feel blessed and honored by every moment. Rest Easy, my friend. You are so loved. You were the difference.”

Hadid also closed the Off-White Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Paris Fashion Week Womenswear show in a white tulle gown and partial hoodie.
Gigi Hadid walking the runway in a tufted tulle gown.
Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Off-White show on February 27, 2020 in Paris, France. Peter White/Getty Images
The show was a family affair as her sister, Bella, and their mother, Yolanda, walked earlier in the show.
Bella Hadid wore a stunning velvet blue gown for Off-White’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection.
Bella Hadid walking the runway for Off-White in a floor length blue dress.
Bella Hadid walking for Off-White’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection on July, 4 2021 in Paris, France. Ik Aldama/picture alliance/Getty Images
The gown featured a cinched bodice juxtaposed by a boxy top-and-hip silhouette.

This was Off-White’s last show before the designer’s death.

During a September trip to New York, Kylie Jenner’s orange trench coat and pointed-toe heels were both from Off-White’s fall 2021 collection.
Kylie Jenner wearing an orange Off-White trench coat.
Kylie Jenner is seen on September 9, 2021 in New York City. Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images
Jenner showed off her baby bump, wearing a midriff-exposing crop-top while out in New York. Her trench and sling-back heels elevated her take on a basic T-shirt and jeans.