Virgil Abloh, Kanye West’s Style Adviser, on His Fashion Inspirations for Fall

STYLE COUNSEL: The Chicagoan and full-time creative director talks about the season’s best in men’s style

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He calls Chicago home, but Virgil Abloh spends most of his time traveling the world as Kanye West’s art director—a job that calls for his input on everything from live shows to designing limited-edition sneakers. An architect by training, Abloh is on the frontlines of global fashion, art, and design, but his ties to Chicago stay strong: He’s an owner of RSVP Gallery, a lifestyle boutique on Damen Avenue, and a partner in @Superfun, a branding and events company, which regularly throws parties at JBar. “I make it back a week for every quarter of the year,” he says, “but I stay in tune because this is where I’m from.” On a recent trip home (fresh from Paris Fashion Week), Abloh, 30, weighed in on what’s catching his eye in men’s style this season.

“My first influences were a cocktail of growing up in the Jordan era, [watching] hip-hop videos after school, and window-shopping on Michigan Avenue.”


DIGGING GOLD: Abloh’s own accessories with a Prada Lurex pullover ($910 for a similar style), at Prada, 30 E. Oak St.; 312-951-1113,

BASEBALL FURIES “Any jacket that has a baseball-jacket shape, I’m going to look at. No matter what. It’s a classic shape that’s rarely done well,” Abloh says. These are his picks—from classic to goth—from the fall menswear collections by (left to right) Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, and Givenchy. Kanye West sported a Givenchy jacket during Paris Fashion Week this spring.


Video: Foundation; Photography: (Abloh, accessories, RSVP) Anna Knott; (runway) courtesy of vendors; (West) KCS Presse/Splash News/Newscom; Styling: Nicole Stege



2 years ago
Posted by stupify

I am writing to you as I tried to call a 1-800 number that was at first picked up, and hung up when it was realized I was a "nobody", but what they did not realize is I am happy being a nobody, and simply, honestly wanted to tell Kanye West that I am so very proud of him for not going to the Grammy ceremony tonight even though he was a nominee.
He did not publicize it, or try to in any way to gain admiration for it, but I just know in my soul that he did not because he is a genuine person, and felt grief for the loss of Whitney Houston and would not bring himself to do it for public comsumption.
Thank his Mother for that for raising him right, and if that sounds like a southern thing, IT IS. I know he would never read this in a million years, and I don't need a reply, but if whoever sees this could tell him that there are those out here proud of him and to please continue to be who he is... That is enough. Thank you and take care. Jennifer Weigant

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