Back in November, as the holiday season was just starting to ramp up, the fashion world, along with the rest of the world, was stunned to learn of Virgil Abloh’s passing. Ever the visionary, he was known, among other things, for making the exclusive inclusive, creating work that was part art, part fashion. All the while, he paved the way for those who would come after him. He left in his wake, a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten, and back in December with the brand’s pre-fall collection, we got a glimpse into Abloh’s final vision at Louis Vuitton, and today, the closing chapter is here.

“I’m not looking towards a new demographic. I’m looking towards the demographic I came from.” -Virgil Abloh

Yesterday in Paris, fashion’s most celebrated stars, editors, and more gathered to celebrate the final legacy of Virgil Abloh as Louis Vuitton presented his posthumous Fall 2022 collection. His 8th, and final collection for the brand, dubbed In the Grand Scheme of Things, is full of the iconic codes that Abloh helped implement during his time at Louis Vuitton. It was never just about the clothes for Abloh; rather, he sought to explore the human values which permeate within how we dress ourselves. Alboh believed that social, cultural, and political signifiers are used to implement change beyond just the scope of fashion. It’s that imaginative spirit that drove this collection. Collection 8 serves as the final piece of Abloh’s vision, and though his vision ended way too soon, it was and will remain nothing short of sensational.

So much can be said about the pieces that walked the runway in collection 8, but we’ll stick to the bags. Louis Vuitton’s classic Monogram is reinvented in a dizzying blurry pattern, seen atop silhouettes whose shapes are also skewed with distorted lines meant to embody the surrealism of the collection. Flowers have been a code used by Abloh in past collections, said to have been meant to symbolize human diversity, and in collection 8, they appear once again. Bouquet bags with three-dimensional leather flowers imitate an actual bouquet from a florist, complete with a florist’s sticker labels. Many of the bags feel otherwordly and dreamy, like the semi-transparent Damier bags that alternate PVC and leather in mini-Monogram and bags that distort the classic Damier pattern to create an optical illusion. Get a look at some of the magical bags from the collection below, and discover more via Louis Vuitton.

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spoiledinseattle
8 months ago

What a striking, imaginative collection. I love these pieces!

pwill
pwill
8 months ago

Didn’t take long for the racist claws to come out.

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago

Redflagging for any mod that cares 🚩

pwill
pwill
8 months ago
Reply to  Zuleika

Mods don’t care. They’re racist too.

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago
Reply to  pwill

Hmm 🤔 Looks like she edited and changed the comment to say she loves the pieces lol. The only thing bringing the class down was that disgusting veiled comment. We saw her true nature already.

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago
Reply to  Zuleika

What I mean was the comment was deleted. Be gone thot!

Seejayluvsbags
Seejayluvsbags
8 months ago

I would say you couldn’t sound anymore racist. I could. But I’m guessing you have a lot more in you that is prepared to come out. #trustfundaintrespectable

L. egant
L. egant
8 months ago

This comment is giving subtle “anti-black”cues, particularly because you chose to comment in relation to subgroups lead by black people. You didn’t say musicians or even rock stars /heavy metal artists, you went straight for black dominated genres/sports.Maybe mask your antiquated biases more to make more publicly acceptable comments.

ALVIS BOND-WINCHESTER
ALVIS BOND-WINCHESTER
8 months ago
Reply to  L. egant

Like they “used” to do…in days gone by when they “thought” we didn’t know better🤨🤨🤨🤨🤨

Eryn Lasgalen
Eryn Lasgalen
8 months ago
Reply to  L. egant

Nothing subtle about it. A deaf human could hear that dog whistle a mile away. How is being a trust fund baby respectable, per se? Good for someone if they’re born into money, I guess, but I have much greater respect for people who work hard to earn their money, including basketballers who train their whole lives and rappers who pull themselves up out of the projects. Personal drive is a very admirable quality, regardless of whether your name is Robinson or Rothschild.

kang504
kang504
8 months ago

I find your comments upsetting. Why the personal attack just because Gigi has different opinion. Why such a strong reaction to VA at all? Why are basketball players and rappers less desirable than trust funders? They are more likely to work hard and be self made. Rappers are artists. What is a respectable profession? One that is majority White/not-Black?

LaToshia
LaToshia
8 months ago

She/he is not the only person that thinks this. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Chaussures74
Chaussures74
8 months ago

Psst…(whispers) Your racism is showing.

Blackgirlsrock
Blackgirlsrock
8 months ago

Said the self hate yt privilege

spoiledinseattle
8 months ago

Poor taste LOL. And you seem like someone with no class.
Trust fund? Respectable? You mean… wealthy and white? Get outta here with that nonsense; it’s 2022 – fashion and luxury can be for everyone, not just those born with a silver spoon up their butt.

To me, these are ART.

Kin
Kin
8 months ago

Gigi: You’ve been commenting on here for years and have gained respectability and have a deep knowledge base about your subject matter. You also present as fair and objective.The people trying to bring you down aren’t worth your time and attention. You’re a good person; in times of adversity, remember your worth!🌷

spoiledinseattle
8 months ago
Reply to  Kin

What a thoughtful message, thank you so much 🙂 I hope you have a beautiful day!

Ariana Martel
Ariana Martel
8 months ago

You have no idea what art means

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago
Reply to  Ariana Martel

Show me your MFA and I’ll show you mine.

psny15
psny15
8 months ago
Reply to  Ariana Martel

I was wondering where art came from 😋

spoiledinseattle
8 months ago
Reply to  Ariana Martel

I’m actually an artist myself, so I know that true art usually goes unnoticed by average people much like yourself 😉

TheCEO
TheCEO
8 months ago

I won’t miss VA’s designs. Overall, his idea of luxury never appealed to me. Looking forward to the new artistic leadership at Louis Vuitton. I hope they embrace elegance and sophistication again.

maryrose
maryrose
8 months ago
Reply to  TheCEO

I agree Louis Vuitton means elegance. These bags are just Trendy nothing more. I think that when you want a trendy bag one should seek out other Houses. Just doesn’t make sense for LV.

bir
bir
8 months ago
Reply to  TheCEO

could not agree more ….. respect to V.A as a person and designer i just can’t love his designs.

Mike
Mike
8 months ago
Reply to  TheCEO

Glad to see the “END” Mr Copy King. Never liked his design but appreciated how he approached his “ ideas “ in unique ways.Obviously he has helped to bring young customers to LV but lost sense of elegance and luxurious taste at the same time.
Cant wait to see the new artistic director.

jacabu
jacabu
8 months ago
Reply to  Mike

There is nothing “new” under the sun. Everything is a reinvention of something else (copy)

kang504
kang504
8 months ago
Reply to  Mike

You are glad he died? Just so he would stop designing for LV?

King
King
8 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Who said copying was ever wrong. Better copy and make it solid. Y’all don’t have an eye for innovation.🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago
Reply to  King

I agree with this comment. There’s a reason he was hired. In France LV was a brand for mature women. When I met my husband he called my monogram bags “sac de maman”. Mom bags. The fresh take was needed and there are the traditional lines for those that don’t deem creative color designs as “luxurious”. I’m getting a vibe from these comments too. But I’ll just sip my tea…. 🐸

Kate
Kate
8 months ago
Reply to  Zuleika

bullseye! its so obvious. 🥱 RIP Virgil

Kin
Kin
8 months ago
Reply to  King

Copying in not innovative. Look up the definition and you may understand it better! I feel like I’m trying to explain this common concept to a child.

Blackbeauty
Blackbeauty
8 months ago
Reply to  King

Agreed!!! Could that be “their” problem!! Jealous of our greatness & acceptance in the once was all yt career

psny15
psny15
8 months ago
Reply to  TheCEO

I completely agree with you – I never understood his design philosophy while his stuff just looked ugly – I hope they pick someone like Daniel Lee who is innovative, fun and classic!!

Last edited 8 months ago by psny15
Velarich
Velarich
8 months ago
Reply to  psny15

Omg SMDH

kang504
kang504
8 months ago
Reply to  psny15

I find many of VA’s designs innovative, fun, and classic. Look 10, see thru squares bag, c’mon. That’s so inovative and fun take on classic shape in classic material. Maybe it’s not what you personally, but it’s great.

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago
Reply to  kang504

I liked that and the off square looking suitcase. The blue croc as well and the purple velvet is to die for. Some people love fashion and some people like to been seen in recognizable pieces. He will be missed.

missarewa
missarewa
8 months ago

What’s going on at PB? These hateful commenters have no place here. Have some respect for the dead. Virgil was a breath of fresh air to the stuffy brand, they knew exactly what he would bring and they wanted that. He will be missed.

Admin
8 months ago
Reply to  missarewa

I am sanitizing this comment section now.

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago
Reply to  Vlad Dusil

👏 👏 👏

pwill
pwill
8 months ago
Reply to  missarewa

LOL This is nothing new. Have you seen that Meghan Markle hate thread? Purseforum is full of racists that have all come out of hiding now.

cpavan
cpavan
8 months ago
Reply to  pwill

I agree, I’m seeing some very racist undertones all over this thread and I’m quite shocked by how blatant they are! I’ve never been to purseblog before and now I’m pretty sure I won’t be back.

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago
Reply to  cpavan

The Reddit LV thread is more joyous and diverse, but I peek here once in a while and this subject was worth the read. Too bad the comments were déclassé.

Valerie
Valerie
8 months ago
Reply to  missarewa

Agreed! Really disheartening to read.

Kaly
Kaly
8 months ago
Reply to  missarewa

Agreed 100%

Louie
Louie
8 months ago

Virgil did an amazing job at incorporating graphics into the luxury space. Whether or not you like it, you can’t deny his influence.

Many brands seem to be following, many of which are within the LVMH group but even across industries such as Rolex now implementing graphics on their watch dials.

He really pushed boundaries and it’ll be really interesting to see what sticks, or whether high fashion will return to something rather conservative and timeless again.

spoiledinseattle
8 months ago
Reply to  Louie

I’m hoping he paved the path for more out-of-the-box designs; a lot of fashion has been stuffy and conservative for far too long

lovenothate
lovenothate
8 months ago

Why is there so much hate on these forums?
Don’t judge people’s opinion about aesthetics and if you feel the urge to do, please do it in a nice way….

kang504
kang504
8 months ago
Reply to  lovenothate

Hmm. So if you don’t like his work, then others only like it because he was Black? Everyone who has different taste from yours is ignorant? Are you trolling or serious?

Valerie
Valerie
8 months ago
Reply to  kang504

The time when they called Virginie Viard’s designs ‘tacky China town knockoffs’ and then deleted their horrid comment after being called out for how racist it was leads me to think they are serious.

Robert
Robert
8 months ago
Reply to  lovenothate

Cause they’re racist and miserable. They just want to throw dirt on his name. They should have the same energy for their own who literally stole everything and has copied everything. It’s just part of the way they think they can control the masses. They “THINK” that if they repeat it over and over that ppl would believe it to be true. Stupid is what stupid does.

ALVIS BOND-WINCHESTER
ALVIS BOND-WINCHESTER
8 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Say It Again…for those in the back💯💯💯💯💯💯

Lulu1233
Lulu1233
8 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Virgil Abloh made his mark on the world of fashion, more than me or anyone else here commenting, whether you liked his work or not. Abloh’s name has been immortalized in fashion history and no one can take that away from him. Now for that unpleasantness, to dislike Abloh’s work is fine, everyone deserves their opinion as long as it’s delivered with fairness and with reason, not discrimination based on internalized bigotry. If you think Abloh brought down french heritage of LV, than you have to criticize the entire board of LVMH and house code. If you criticize Abloh, but praise Jeff Koons x LV as innovative in the same breath, I call 100% hypocrisy. Same goes for praising Kim Jones, Dema Gvasalia, or covet the whole Supreme x LV, yeah check your blindspot.

cpavan
cpavan
8 months ago
Reply to  Lulu1233

Thank you for saying this! It expresses my feelings exactly!

Lulu1233
Lulu1233
8 months ago
Reply to  cpavan

Same people who rave about Andy Warhol but have no concrete evidence to hate Jean-Michel Basquiet except for, “I hate it, it’s ugly. Warhol made him famous, etc…”.

Andy Warhol wasn’t trained as a fine painter, he was a graphic designer, photographer, and a skilled silk screener. Does that mean we should take his work down from the walls of the MET and Louvre?

Like Abloh, he wasn’t trained classically as a fashion designer but both artists are immortalized because their hard work and tireless pursuit innovation.

The same narrow minds who take slight, passive aggressive jabs at Abloh’s American identity and Ghanaian heritage
are the same people would have felt threaten by the visibility of gay/lesbian people in fashion during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

For me I wouldn’t engage deeply with those who are limited and thrive on hate for hate sake.

Sorry so long but I’m sadden when fashion history has become a weapon to bully others with.

Last edited 8 months ago by Lulu1233
Terri Tee
Terri Tee
8 months ago

Some of Virgil’s pieces were beautiful and unique , other pieces were very eccentric. They had to grow on me . I buy Classic LV. However, I love my new VA pieces . He was very gifted . His fashion vision was way ahead of his time

Gemize
Gemize
8 months ago

I would like everyone to google Louis Vuitton ugliest bags and re think your comments on he was the worst designer. I believe everyone here has never like every single piece of their favorite designer looks. Its nearly impossible to have loved everything a single designer had done.

Gemize
Gemize
8 months ago
Reply to  Gemize

Don’t forgot the banana and apple bag.

Zuleika
Zuleika
8 months ago
Reply to  Gemize

I didn’t care for the cats on the monogram lol. But it just moved on with my day when I saw them I didn’t call out a whole type by describing them and saying the brand wasn’t for them and that cat loving knitting bookworms are bringing down the brand 😂

Debdeb
Debdeb
8 months ago
Reply to  Gemize

Or the Comme Des Garçons Burned Holes Monogram Tote. I won’t critique it as a designer’s job is to be creative. There is only so much you can do to a tote, and I must say this one is pretty unique and thus far no one I know of has copied this. Lol

Robert
Robert
8 months ago

So many pieces that i would just LOVE. You definitely can’t be a square talking about what is fashion when you don’t know what fashion is. The amount of gate only leads me to believe it’s jealousy. R.I.P🙏🏼

Heather
Heather
8 months ago

While these designs don’t fit my personal aesthetic, I think they are really cool. It’s very sad when an artist dies young. We will never see what he would have created.

LaToshia
LaToshia
8 months ago

I don’t like all the pieces of the collection but so what? I don’t always like the pieces of any one collection.

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