Vogue honours 12 boundary-breaking designers.
Vogue’s history-making September 2018 issue not only included an exclusive Beyonce cover story, but it also saw the magazine feature a salute to designers from around the globe who have pushed the envelope, moved culture and broken down boundaries.
Listing hounoury designers, the feature included Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh, who appears as the sole male American designer alongside European juggernauts like Demna Gvasalia, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane. Other honorees include Karl Lagerfeld, and UNDERCOVER’s Jun Takahashi representing Japan. In interviews, each designer gives their take on a number of themes such as international travel, globalisation and politics. Speaking on travelling the world, Creative Director of Chanel & Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld explains, “I have so much to do that I’m not so much for travelling anymore.” Covering diversity, Nicholas Ghesquiere explained “We’re all concerned about diversity—more than just in fashion shows. In terms of actions and associations and organizations around the world, Louis Vuitton can do more.”
While Hedi Slimane broke down how he feels about Los Angles, explaining “I’m always attached to the idea of California, but recently less so to the city of Los Angeles. I don’t feel comfortable with the evolution over the last few years … Something untouched, mysterious, and magical has gone.” Virgil Abloh, who is notorious for always being on a plane, gave his take on global communities, saying “Young people in every city that I go to are loving life and actively participating in it. I am shocked at how open-minded young people of different cultures are compared to the presiding older generations.”
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@virgilabloh is the designer behind his own label, @off____white, as well as the new head of menswear at @LouisVuitton; a footwear collaborator with @Nike; a furniture collaborator with @Ikeausa; an artistic collaborator with @takashipom; a formally trained architect; an in-demand DJ; and the subject of an upcoming exhibition about his own work at the @mcachicago. The indefatigable multitasker travels so extensively for his many jobs that there’s a kind of horizon-surpassing, border-blind eye to so much of what he creates. Tap the link in our bio to read how @virgilabloh, along with 11 other designers, are breaking boundaries in fashion this fall. Photographed by @pinkhassov, Vogue, September 2018.