The fashion community, the place of art and design, and people around the world continue to mourn the death of the late Virgil Abloh. First, there was a heartfelt Louis Vuitton men’s show activation at last year’s Art Basel. That event was followed by the debut of a star-packed Fall 2022 off-white collection, where Naomi Campbell, Serena Williams and Ozzy Super Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen walked the runway in her honor. The most recent tribute to the legacy of the multi-hyphenate Titan is a series of activations.
Louis Vuitton is launching a series of activation, retrospectives and capsules as part of their efforts to honor Abloh’s immense influence, his strong visual and design language, and their long-standing partnership. The first is an immersion exhibition, the Nike “Air Force 1” by Louis Vuitton and Virgil Abloh, which occupies an extensive warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Open to the public from May 20 to 31, 2022, the exhibition features creative conversations between Nike and Louis Vuitton, conceived by Mason Men’s Artistic Director Abloh.
Its hologram floor and blue walls of the sky are inscribed in the clouds decorated with “LV” and “Virgil” – inspired by the Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 menswear show – the exhibition focuses on the 47th edition of the Nike “Air Force 1” sneaker Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton Partnership with Nike.
The show offers a deeper perspective on sneakers designed by the designer through its own impeccable lens in the summer of 2021, from the concept of exhibition space to the idea of presenting people of Virgil to reconnect with their inner child. Sneakers as a high form of art. Louis Vuitton and Nike “version 47” of “Air Force 1” are displayed on holographic displays animating the magnetic wall and sneakers. Fans can deconstruct the sneaker by looking at the artisan layers from the bottom of the shoe to the top through an interactive, 3D station.
Throughout her career and through her own unique lens, Virgil has changed the landscape of art, fashion, music, typography and pop culture. From changing the way fashionistas approach streetwear design, combining fashion and music, to giving visibility to marginalized creatives, its presence is still felt today. His legacy continues to inspire young multi-hyphenate creatives to “dream now”.
In addition to this interactive experience, several related installations will be performed in New York City and around the world. Fans and admirers can enjoy the five installations displayed across the city at Domino Park, Grand Central, South Street Seaport, Aster Place, Columbus Circle, Flatiron Plaza and Gansevoort Plaza. Later this summer, Virgil’s travel exhibition, Speech Images, will take place at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn.
At the front, inside the exhibit, check out scenes from the opening party and see some of the Virgil-designed Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 styles.