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Louis Vuitton Honors Virgil Abloh in Miami Show

Last Night, Louis Vuitton paid tribute to creative director Virgil Abloh with a presentation of his spring summer 22 collection in Miami. The show, which had previously been shown in June, was initially intended to be a private, client-oriented event coinciding with Art Basel Miami, but given Sunday’s horrific news, was changed to honor the late designer.. The final show arrived just over a month before Abloh would have presented his 12th collection for the fashion house and was called “Virgil was here”. 

The show began with a screening of a short video, published by Louis Vuitton on the day of Abloh’s death, which depicts a young boy riding his bicycle around picturesque scenes of Miami to a wistful, yet optimistic soundtrack. The film concludes with the boy dropping his bike in a field and scrambling onto a bright red hot air balloon, alluding to Virgil’s child-like sense of curiosity that fueled his design practice. The point was driven home with one of Abloh’s countless quotes that played before the show.

“I’ve been on this focus, in terms of my art and creativity, of getting adults to behave like children again. That they go back into this sense of wonderment. They stop using their minds and start using their imagination.”

Countless friends and family attended the event in a massive outpouring of support, with superstars like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams among those seen celebrating the designer’s legacy. Onlookers watched as models meandered around open spaces and wove between thin trees, dressed in an eclectic mix of brightly colored suiting and streetwear. Some of the models featured included Kid Cudi, Offset, Quavo, and A$AP Nast.

After the presentation, fireworks and a drone performance honoring Virgil lit up the sky of the marina alongside afterparty performances from artists like Kid Cudi. 

The loss of Virgil Abloh is tragic, but in his absence we are reminded of everything he was able to bring the world in a mere 41 years. He was a visionary who always thought and designed unconventionally, and in doing so created the future. He inspired millions to pursue their own careers in art and design. He proved that regardless of color, regardless of background, and regardless of belief, each and every person has an innate ability to leave a mark on the world. Most of all, he taught us that you can do it too…

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Remembering Virgil Abloh’s Biggest Moments In Sports

Early Sunday afternoon (Nov. 29th), the news of iconic fashion designer Virgil Abloh’s sudden passing became the topic of conversation and inspired tributes from all over the world. The 41-year-old Chicagoan rose to prominence as the founder of the streetwear company Off-White before becoming the head of Louis Vuitton’s menswear department in 2018. In doing so, Abloh made a name for himself by not only thriving in fashion but by successfully bringing his high sense of taste and creativity into other worlds via collaborations that created defining moments.

Down below are some of Abloh’s biggest moments in sports.

Serena Williams enlists Abloh to make a statement with her new outfit at the 2019 French Open

Although the pair had worked together before, the 2019 French Open was the most significant moment between Abloh and Williams. After sparking controversy because of her outfit at the previous year’s French Open (Williams donned a “Black-Panther”-inspired catsuit meant to surpass blood clots following the birth of her daughter), Williams reconnected with Abloh to make a bigger statement with her outfit this time around.

Stepping onto the court in a black and white Off-White two-piece outfit with “Mother, Champion, Queen, and Goddess” labeled across it, Williams silenced her critics by advancing out of the first round.

Abloh recreates Air Jordan 1’s to begin his relationship with Nike/Jordan Brand

Although Abloh boasts a long resume full of massive achievements, the start of his relationship with Nike confirmed he had arrived. In 2017, Nike asked the Off-White founder to collaborate with them on a project called “The Ten,” in which Abloh redesigned ten of the company’s most popular sneakers.

Abloh’s redesign of the original Air Jordan 1’s became a massive cultural moment across sports and fashion, and its impact is still felt today. Besides being an all-time commercial success, the Off-White Air Jordan 1’s have been worn by Drake, Naomi Campbell, and Roger Federer, amongst many celebrities.

Louis Vuitton partners with the NBA and celebrates at Madison Square Garden

Two years into his stint as Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for their menswear, Abloh had the chance to showcase his love for basketball when the fashion giant partnered up with the NBA in November of 2020. In addition to designing several NBA-inspired pieces, Louis Vuitton would also create the league’s championship-holding case.

Abloh and Louis Vuitton veiled their new partnership center court at Madison Square Garden to celebrate this joyous occasion.

Abloh and Nike releases World-Cup inspired collaboration

While Abloh initially made his inroads in the sporting world because of his passion for basketball and skateboarding, the proud Chicago, IL native also appreciated the sport of futbol. Leading up to the 2018 World Cup, Abloh’s Off-White label and Nike Football released their 1990’s inspired “Football, Mon Amour” collection.

“You know, I’ve been playing football since I was eight years old,” Abloh said in an interview three years ago. “It all comes from sport. I was one of those kids in high school that played every sport. I didn’t look at sport as individual games— everything was just a skill to learn and get better at. Football is probably the sport that I played the most all the way up through to college.”

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13 Halloween Sneakers to Buy This Spooky Season

The end of October is all about one thing: Halloween. The holiday is the manifestation of fears, with costumes and celebrations yearning to stand out from the crowd or the ordinary. Whether you’re pulling up to a haunted house or frantically trying to find an outfit for your company’s Halloween party, we got you covered on the best sneakers to wear for Halloween.

From classic Air Jordan 1s to OG Nike SB Dunks, take a look at the 13 best sneakers to get your spook on.

1. Nike SB Dunk Low “Freddy Krueger”
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The Nike SB Dunk Low was the embodiment of the mid- to late 2000s sneaker craze. The Nightmare on Elm Street homage continues to be one of the rarest sneakers to exist. Splattered blood. Striped upper. Metallic Swoosh. This pair is to die for—literally.

StockX, $12,851
https://stockx.com/nike-dunk-sb-low-freddy-krueger
2. Air Jordan 1 “Satin Shattered Backboard”
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The Air Jordan 1 is a certified classic. The sneaker, popularized by the one and only Michael Jordan, gets dipped in Halloween hues. Although the pair is a women’s exclusive, the shoe is a must-have for anyone. Whether trick-or-treating or pumpkin hunting, this AJ1 is perfect for the holiday.

GOAT, $685
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/wmns-air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-satin-shattered-backboard-av3725-010
3. OFF-WHITE x Nike Blazer Mid “All Hallows Eve”
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Virgil Abloh and OFF-WHITE continue to co-create on the best shoes on the market. Abloh deconstructs the Nike Blazer Mid and brings it back to life with a vanilla upper and orange complements. The extended perforated tongue is all about comfort. Simplistic by Abloh’s standards, this Blazer is a Halloween must.

GOAT, $750
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/off-white-x-blazer-studio-mid-pale-vanilla-aa3832-700
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas x Vans Sk8-Hi “Jack’s Lament”
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You can never go wrong with a Vans Sk8-Hi. Especially if it’s based on The Nightmare Before Christmas. The collaboration with Disney brings Jack Skellington back to life across the upper. The pair captures his famous “Jack Lament’s” scene in one of Disney’s spookiest animated movies. The pair also glows in the dark. *Add to cart.*

Vans, $75
https://www.vans.com/shop/disney-x-vans-sk8-hi-the-nightmare-before-christmas-jacks-lament#hero=0
5. Nike Air Force 1 Low “Skeleton”
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A white-on-white Air Force 1 is great for any occasion. When it comes to Halloween, the Swoosh is always bringing treats on top of the iconic silhouette. This AF1 definitely ensures that there’s heat on your feet. From its glow-in-the-dark outsole to the bones on the side panels that wrap around the upper, this pair is bad to the bone.

GOAT, $235
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-force-1-low-qs-skeleton-af1-skeleton
6. Nike SB Dunk Low “Day of the Dead”
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You can’t have a Halloween sneakers list without the fan-favorite Nike SB Dunk Low “Day of the Dead.” Although the pair is not as limited as the “Freddy Krueger” iteration, this Nike SB Dunk Low captures the essence of the holiday to the same degree. From the skeletons to the color palette, we’re screaming for Nike to re-release these.

GOAT, $3,750
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/dunk-low-premium-sb-day-of-the-dead-313170-801
7. Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”
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In case you’re not a fan of the satin iteration, the Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard” OG is just for you. Arguably one of the best colorways his Airness never wore, the AJ1 “Shattered Backboard” is the perfect substitute for a costume. As scary as the price tag may seem, this Halloween-certified colorway is a staple in your wardrobe.

GOAT, $890
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-jordan-1-retro-high-og-shattered-backboard-555088-005
8. Supreme x Vans Sk8-Hi “Glow-in-the-Dark Skull Pile”
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Supreme and Vans joined forces on a menacing Vans Sk8-Hi. The skull pile graphic not only looks deep into your soul but also glows in the dark. Whether you’re a hypebeast or not, this is a relatively inexpensive flex to have in your sneaker rotation.

GOAT, $230
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/supreme-x-sk8-hi-glow-in-the-dark-skull-pile
9. Puma Clyde Court Disrupt “X-RAY”
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Puma Basketball has risen back from the depths of its history to become a relevant basketball performance brand once again. The PUMA Clyde Court Disrupt “X-RAY” gives you an extremely in-depth look at what’s on your feet. Topped off with orange laces, this pair is great for both and off the court.

GOAT, $170
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/clyde-court-x-ray-191895-01
10. Nike Air Max 90 “Ice Halloween”
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The Nike Air Max 90 “Ice Halloween” perfectly lives up to its name. The iced-out bottom in combination with a fiery orange finish across the entirety of the shoe is pure money. A mashup of leather and suede on the upper really makes the pair stand out in a haunting fashion.

GOAT, $600
https://www.goat.com/sneakers/air-max-90-ice-hw-qs-717942-006
11. Dunk Low SB ‘Mummy’
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Nike SB “Mummy”

Dunks have been one of the top sellers of 2021, so perhaps consider picking up the Nike SB “Mummy” lows for the spooky season. Crafted to look like a literal mummy with its rugged design, this shoe gets you right into the spirit. It is a little on the pricey side, however, it could be a great investment down the line.

BUY NOW, $825
12. Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘Halloween’ Mens Sneakers
GOAT
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Very Halloween-esque if you ask us. It’s very much giving haunted house and cornfield maze vibes. Also, this is still considered a newer sneaker as it was only released last fall, meaning that it doesn’t have an “outdated” look.

BUY NOW, $229
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goat.com%2Fsneakers%2Fair-foamposite-pro-halloween-ct2286-001
13. Vans Halloween
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Since you kind of need to have Halloween sneakers before Halloween, we’ll include an upcoming release. Vans and Warner Bros. Consumer Products are continuing their celebration of spooky classics with exclusive prints and patterns available only on the Vans’ Customs platform. There’s plenty of option here as there are tons to choose from, so make sure you snag your pair at Vans.com.

BUY NOW, $TBA
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vans.com%2F
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The NBA x Louis Vuitton Collab is More Than Just a Trophy Case

The NBA Finals this year brought us more than just an amazing series; the Lakers’ resounding victory over the Heat on Sunday night also unveiled a beautiful collaboration between Louis Vuitton and the NBA, first revealed in the form of the case for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

The limited-edition collection features a wide array of pieces, including everything from sneakers to jewelry. The capsule, which was created under the artistic direction of Virgil Abloh, will be the first in a three-year partnership between the brands. 

The capsule features a lot of dynamic takes on looks traditionally associated with basketball culture. Between the Timberland-inspired sneaker/boots, gaudy (in the best way) jewelry, and lineup of graphic tees/sweatshirts, there’s something for everyone in the lineup. Whether you’re a hoops fanatic or a fan of the classic fashion house, the NBA x LV collection—which releases November 20—is bound to turn heads.

Browse the full collection below:

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3 Trends to Try from Virgil Abloh’s Latest Louis Vuitton Collection

Virgil Abloh’s legacy is officially cemented as the bridge between the haughty world of luxury and the streetwear squad—helmed by Kanye West—that has made sneakers the new coveted item. This season, the Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall/Winter 2020 show in Paris, France did not disappoint, flexing Abloh’s skills as the brand’s creative director.

At the Jardin des Tuileries, the dreamy show, backdropped by Dalí-esque clouds and dotted with hyperbolic sewing instruments like a spool of thread, seamstress’ scissors, a paint brush, a golden key and an oversized wooden mallet that some prized guests called their seat, the show felt like a piece of modern installation art.

We’ve diseccted the fashion and present three trends that are worth trying. While outlandish, perhaps even campy, they encapsulate the shift in luxury menswear that the streetwear giants have enforced. Take a look and let us know if you’d incorporate one of these into your wardrobe.

1. Magenta Pink
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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Magenta pink takes the spotlight from last year’s slime green. Expect to see this saturated hue in head-to-toe red carpet fits as well as dotted across diffusion accessory lines for seasons to come. The bold color is apt throughout Abloh’s collection, as the contrasting punch the dreamy cloud print and abstract background the collection needed.

How to try it: Tight-fitting knits, winter accessories like gloves and hats, full suits and workwear. 

2. Ruffles
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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

When ruffles are done right, they’re magnificent. Seemingly inspired by this year’s blurring of gendered dressing lines—encapsulated by Lil Nas X, Harry Styles, Ezra Miller, Billy Porter and so many other pioneers—ruffles are now rightfully on the mainstream men’s runway. Presented in a deep navy, the trend feels contemporary and elevated. Expect to see these jackets on all the aforementioned stars as they walk the red carpet this awards season. 

How to try it: Introduce medium-sized ruffles sparingly into your wardrobe in neutral colors. A navy, white, charcoal gray or black will let the intricate silhouette shine. 

3. Cloud Print
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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Abloh’s cloud print was the star of this collection. In varying shades of sky blue, the cumulonimbus pattern is downright ethereal. By creating an environment indoors for guests to immerse themselves in the collection—versus the creative director’s takeover of Parisian city squares in the past—Abloh’s continued metaphor of time and the collection’s title, “Heaven on Earth” took center stage.

How to try it: Replace your animal print accents with a sky blue cloud print instead. It would be appropriate on footwear, accesories and T-shirts.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Green Is the New Black

It’s not often that a new color comes around and sweeps the men’s style scene. The world of womenswear was on a Millennial Pink kick for a while, then came Gen Z Yellow. But I’m really excited to forecast the next trending hue, backed by the designers showing at this month’s Paris Fashion Week. It is downright delicious. 

Meet Mint Chocolate Chip Green. It most closely resembles the delectable ice cream flavor—which happens to be my favorite of all ice cream flavors—but instead of gracing your cone, it can grace your bod. 

Categorized by that irresistible light-green tone, Mint Chocolate Chip Green is more sherbet-like and pastel than slushie-like and saturated. If you can compare a tub of Häagen-Dazs to your fit, you’re headed in the right direction. 

Take a look at these dripping fits from the men’s shows at Paris Fashion Week that back up my theory. You’ll never eat another cone the same way again. Scoop it up, y’all.

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Try the ice cream trend in two ways: Go fancy with a new take on the tuxedo or scoop up the hue in an oversized peacoat with strong lapels. 

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Dries Van Noten

Though not the mintiest of greens, Dries Van Noten showed this particularly striking jacket with delicious green accents. 

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Mike Amiri nails the Mint Chocolate Chip Green, first in a striking, metallic paisley embroidered suit and then in a covetable mint green double-breasted blazer with an intricately embroidered sash. These are the sartorial equivalent of having one baby scoop or eating the whole pint. 

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Virgil Abloh took over an entire city square in Paris to present his Mint Chocolate Chip Green-laden collection, and we are so here for it. These pieces feel particularly fresh and refreshing, just like a giant scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on a hot summer’s day. 

How do y’all feel about this trend? Are you gonna take a bite?

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