In late-2019, Virgil Abloh erupted the fashion industry in debate after revealing he believed that streetwear was “definitely dying soon”. It was a big call, even for a mogul such as himself. But after collaborations with the likes of League of Legends and now NIGO, it seems the multi-talented creative is retracting his previous statement.
Following the unveiling of his hyped Louis Vuitton collaboration with the Japanese designer this week, he revealed his was “naive” to have predicted such a shift in the industry.
“I’m such a novice; I don’t realise that things can even go that far. I’m a little bit naive in that way,” he admitted to Vogue. “It was literally me in my kitchen just riffing on what I’d been thinking. I didn’t say it to be polarising. I think that in the context of this conversation with NIGO—if you speak to anyone that’s been in streetwear for the last 15 years, it’s always had this sort of nine lives, dying and coming back, and dying and coming back.”
He continued to explain that more tailoring will be inserted into the culture by streetwear moguls such as NIGO for a “regeneration”, which can be seen in the recent Louis Vuitton collaboration. Playing heavily on the fashion house monogram, the pattern has been adorned across grey and blue denim, classic tailoring as well as heavy outerwear. Leather bags are also on show in a number of small and larger silhouettes while looks are finished with a range of footwear including oxford and derby shoes, as well as desert and combat boots and sneakers.
A release date is yet to be announced. Stay tuned.