1. Virgil Abloh to Louis Vuitton
The line between streetwear and high fashion has been blurred for some time, and it arguably reached its pinnacle when Louis Vuitton partnered with skateboard and streetwear label Supreme in FW17. To further solidify the fashion house's dedication to the growing market, Louis Vuitton has appointed Off-White's Virgil Abloh as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton Men's.
Abloh, a DJ, fashion designer and Kanye West’s former creative director, founded his label Off-White in 2012, and has grown his brand to span over 25 boutiques around the world and is available at some of the most fashion-forward boutiques and online platforms.
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What Abloh has mastered with Off-White is what many luxury houses are striving to achieve; building creative and successful partnerships with like-minded labels that tap into a new consumer—and there's no doubt that this is a skill will serve his position at the French fashion house well.