Introducing 10 Men Issue 55 - FUTURE, BALANCE, HEALING.
This edition of 10 Men explores the ways people have managed to find healing amidst the mentally, physically and emotionally challenging moments of the past two years. When it came to escaping reality, Virgil Abloh was an auteur of fashion at its most fantastical. With boyish charm, he designed without limits. His collections had transformative qualities, dressing a world that was much brighter with him in it. In a tribute to the creative visionary, we dedicate this issue to Abloh with a technicoloured tale of the final Louis Vuitton collection he completed before passing. Editrix-in-Chief, Sophia Neophitou, explains more:
“November 28, 2021 is a day that will remain imprinted forever as one of shock and disbelief as our newsfeeds shared the terrible loss of one of the most trailblazing, barrier-breaking designers of our time: Virgil Abloh. His meteoric rise and unquestionable success at the helm of Louis Vuitton, one of the most traditional, luxury French houses, proved that, with faith and determination, he had singlehandedly changed forever what was possible in fashion.
His uncompromising vision and awareness of what the possibilities were for the brand and its customers, and the direction he took as a designer, were enlightened.
Abloh once said, in an interview with the brilliant Anders Christian Madsen, who was a confidante, friend, collaborator and constant communicator of messaging for all his shows, that “being a black designer in this space”, which historically had not yet welcomed those that looked like him, “offered this unique insight and almost intrinsic connection to other marginalised groups.
“What was most liberating and fascinating about Abloh was that he was a modern Renaissance Man. He never wanted to be pigeonholed as a creative only capable of one discipline, with only one string to his creative bow. He was capable of so many things, each as brilliantly accomplished as the next. Abloh was awe-inspiring and was taken far too soon but, in his short time with us, left such a huge legacy of hope.“