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Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton SS 19 Debut: Streetwear, Stars and Tears

Virgil Abloh—who was hired in March as the new artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton—debuted his first collection for the fashion house in Paris.

The Ghanian-American and Off-White founder is the first Black artistic director at Vuitton, so this marked a historic collection, an ode to diversity and streetwear.

This season the casting included the below talents:

ASAP NAST, BAKAR SHARIFF, BLONDEY MCCOY, DEV HYNES, KID CUDI, LASH, LUCIEN CLARKE, LUCIEN SMITH, OCTAVIAN ESSIE, PLAYBOI CARTI, STEVE LACY and THEOPHILUS LONDON.

"We are the world" - map of models' place of birth

The show's models were named and mapped out according to their countries of origin, pointing to Virgil's vision of diversity as well as a dictionary of Virgil's A to Zs.

Virgil Abloh's A to Z

Virgil Abloh's A to Z

Safe to say that every single detail of this show was considered, even down to the rainbow-coloured runway, which guests were assigned seats according to the colours of the blocks.

But, of course, everyone was gathered to see the collection and it exceeded expectations.

Take a look:

The show was moving, even for Abloh himself,  he took his final walk down the runway, Kayne embraced him, buried his head in his neck, and sobbed audibly. Artist Takashi Murakami, who was sitting on Kayne's other side, documented the encounter on Instagram; Abloh wipes tears away, too.

@virgilabloh & #kaynewest Emotional! @louisvuitton show

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Abloh is also the longtime creative director, not just of his Yeezy line, but of his brand as a whole (videos, album covers) etc.  The fashion show soundtrack was the latest Yeezy album, in case you were wondering. It's historic for the two artists and longtime friends.

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