Virgil Abloh was reaching the peak of his creative energy and reinventing the menswear line at Louis Vuitton when it was announced last week that he lost his private battle with cancer. Abloh created a very specific and new streetwear focused look, experimenting with colours, silhouettes and even mixing masculine with feminine designs. This new direction was exciting, so it begs the question: Who will step into the Louis Vuitton menswear role next?
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The French house and fashion world are still reeling from Abloh’s loss—he was a visionary who brought designers of colour into a highly competitive industry. It’s impossible to imagine another creative coming even close to filling his shoes, but these are the personalities that come closest to Abloh’s influential status.
Having just left Bottega Veneta, it’s unclear where this influential designer will be heading next, but who’s to say that Louis Vuitton isn’t a possibility? Like Abloh, Daniel Lee understands what a younger audience wants (being so young himself), and how to bring a cool and casual element to a luxury house.
Lee gave rise to some of the cleanest and innovative designs in recent years, with the Cloud and Cassette bags elevating Bottega Veneta as a major player during his three years there.