Always up on collectible culture whether it be kicks, clothing or toys, Don C has always had a unique ability to showcase his likes via outfit in a manner that’s more a collage of cultures than price tag stacking. Linking with West at the age of 22 in 2002 as a creative consultant as Business of Fashion tells it, his work with West has ranged from everything to designing merch to album art to set designs. On Tuesday night, the rapper, designer and presidential candidate Kanye West passionately defended his longtime friend and former creative partner Virgil Abloh on Twitter. 10 years ago, Paris Fashion Week was not an event covered by sneaker blogs, nor a hub for hip-hop culture. Over the course of the past decade, the infamous photo has gone from a subject of parody on South Park to a forecast of who and what was to come in the meddling of hip hop, streetwear and high fashion from that point forward. Kanye… The Chicago-native’s work spans everything from overseeing set appearance for the Yeezus tour to album visuals for the likes of Theophilus London, A$AP Rocky and Big Sean. But the second gripe cuts a little deeper: that his former “collaborator” is given too much credit when he’s dubbed Ye's creative “director.” Kanye's sorta-beef isn't entirely unjustified. Similar to the SLAM spread with the ’96 NBA Draft Class, we take a look at the highlights and moves made by these blue chips in the time since. Virgil Abloh's journey — from T-shirts to Kanye West to Louis Vuitton — now stops at the MCA for an exhibit devoted to the Rockford artist By Steve Johnson Jun 05, 2019 at 10:55 AM In 2015 Abloh for Off-White ℅ Virgil Abloh was one of the finalists for the LVMH Prize. For years now, Kanye has made fashion a main focus with enough criticism and complaining on both ends to deafen most. In regard to the marriage between sonics and aesthetics, Arnold’s influence is perhaps most pronounced by the amount of post-TI$A artists that spelled their name with a $ sign. The Off-White founder and trained architect returns to his design roots with a furniture collection and forthcoming books. First, he seems to feel that Abloh abandons the pair’s original mission—making cool apparel affordable under the Yeezy umbrella, whether through sneakers, concert merch, or a whole fashion line—in favor of turning out ultra-high-end luxury goods. If the Paris Fashion Week photo mirrors that of the ’96 Draft Class then Virgil is Steve Nash, becoming an MVP later in his career by providing the lead pass to the best young talent in the game. Since 1957, GQ has inspired men to look sharper and live smarter with its unparalleled coverage of style, culture, and beyond. Taking to Tumblr before it was the most used medium by millennials, Deadstock Don carved a creative lane for himself outside of his managerial mantra. The Life of (Virgil) Abloh Kanye West’s longtime creative director is a walking, talking (and talking, and talking) embodiment of professional cool. ", James Harden Owns the Iciest Watch You've Ever Seen, bunkered down in the moneyed wilds of Jackson Hole. In 2019, Don C has every Finish Line stocking his homage to home Jordan 312 silo, as well as collaborative collections with Mitchell & Ness, Converse and Timberland. On January 26 of 2009, a photo by Tommy Ton posted on Jak & Jill of Kanye West and his crew at said showcase caused a stir on the internet, when social media as we know it was still in its infancy and the idea of hip-hop hanging with high fashion forced more clowning than congrats. Carried in Barney’s and picked up by any and every menswear outlet, Off-White has proved on trend since its Pyrex prototyping, becoming the artist ‘it’ brand in a genre fixated with fashion. photos via TI$A Vision, Nice in Harlem & Reddit. Abloh was the only American designer to be nominated for the award. All sorts of delightful only-things-Kanye-would-say “I wish to be water” are baked in here. The apex of runway style was more than a hemisphere removed, but seemingly a world away, coveted by some but not known by many. Abloh is the 37-year-old behind … American designer, DJ and stylist Virgil Abloh came to prominence as Kanye West 's creative director, but has since made waves in the fashion world with his luxury streetwear label, Off-White, and his role as artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. Abloh became the creative director of the Watch the Throne album and artistic director of West's DONDA creative agency. Though Abloh has had a hand in West’s creative out… That's because Kanye West—who seems to have bunkered down in the moneyed wilds of Jackson Hole over the past several weeks—sat down for an interview with interior designer Axel Vervoordt that just published in the Hollywood Reporter. Swapping sponsors is no easy move, but Kanye’s proved the ability to move the needle comes down to being the needle and in this decade that means being the guy that makes the records. The Sa-Ra creative had been working with Ty Dolla $ign years before Beach House, was one of the first fashion folks to feature the work of Twin Shadow and in 2015 scored production credits on Kendrick Lamar’s 11x Grammy nominated To Pimp a Butterfly. Original photo spotted at Highsnobiety. And just like Nash, he’s even got his own Nikes, too. And yesterday, Abloh flaunted their friendship with an Instagram post showing them at … … But when they say he was my creative director, that's incorrect. How Kanye West & Virgil Abloh’s Famous Paris Fashion Week Photo Changed Fashion. photos via Brandon Shigeta for Hypebeast, Fruition & WuChiDo. Abloh received his first major award in 2011 when his work designing the cover art for the 2011 Jay-Z/Kanye West album Watch the Throne was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. Additional props to Complex, SLAM, CheESPN & The Urban Gentleman, Celebrity Sneaker Stalker Don C Just Don Kanye West This Day In Sneaker History Virgil Abloh, Kicks On Court Classic // The 1992 Dream Team, Kawhi Leonard’s Shoe Game Has Always Been Quietly Awesome, CSS Spotlight // A History of Pharrell’s Sneakers in Music Videos, Air Jordan 12 “Dark Concord” For Sale Online, Where to Buy the Air Jordan 3 “Varsity Royal”, Only 12,000 Pairs of Trophy Room x Air Jordan 1 to Release, Where to Buy Air Jordan 1 High OG CO.JP “Midnight Navy”, How to Win the Travis Scott x PlayStation x Nike Dunk Low. While Virgil Abloh wear many hats, and yes, being the creative director to Kanye West would be to many the crowning glory of their career, it’s his Milan-based fashion label Off-White, that is earning him respect throughout the industry. Kanye’s gripes appear to be twofold. Biography. GQ may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. For all the talk about Yeezy talking about Yeezy, he’s had a lot to talk about since 2009. Inside the World of Virgil Abloh, Kanye West‘s Creative Director. Abloh's Charlie Hebdo-inspired “War is Not Over!” tees as well as his toppers from his fall 2015 women's collection gained him the most traction. Hand in West’s creative out… to revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories years thanks! 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