Few people in fashion worked harder than Virgil Abloh in the 2010s. The man behind the influential streetwear brand, Off-White, and, more recently, the creative head of Louis Vuitton men’s, Abloh spent the decade hustling. He came into the fashion industry seemingly from nowhere, a DJ and Kanye West’s creative right-hand man. Abloh never went to fashion school; instead, he applied a DJ’s sensibility to the business, collaborating with just about everyone and proving that mash-ups are fashion’s best tool for connecting with large, diverse swaths of people. But then a couple of months ago, Abloh announced that he was taking some time off. The guy who famously took eight flights a week needed a minute to breathe. He still worked, on Vuitton men’s, on Off-White, and on one very viral wedding dress for his friend Hailey Bieber, but mostly he was at home in Chicago, spending time with family.
Luxury streetwear pioneer Virgil Abloh predicts an end to the trend he helped take global. Abloh, who is the founder and creative director of the luxury fashion brand Off-White as well as the menswear artistic director for Louis Vuitton, gave an interview with Dazed last week in which he said streetwear was “definitely” going to die and that “its time will be up” in the upcoming year.