Record producer and designer Pharrell Williams has been tap to succeed Virgil Abloh as Louis Vuitton’s men’s creative director, according to a statement issued by the French luxury fashion house on Tuesday.
The appointment is effective immediately and his first collection will debut in June during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.
The news comes a little over a year after Abloh’s death in November 2021, age 41, following a private battle with cancer.
The designer’s unexpected passing sent shockwaves through the industry and beyond. As the first Black artistic director of Louis Vuitton, Abloh made history when he was appointed in 2018 and was widely credited for bringing a younger demographic to the storied fashion house with designs that brought a streetwear aesthetic to the luxury world.
Williams has some big shoes to fill. I will be interested in seeing what his vision for the menswear line. Congratulations to Williams.
The Culture Keeper-