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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Abloh tries on a scarf at the men’s boutique Apartment Number 9 (1804 N. Damen Ave.; 773-395-2999, Below: Abloh opened nearby RSVP Gallery with partners Marc Moran and Don C two years ago. “RSVP Gallery was a natural step for someone like me who’s driven by design. It was a great way to combine my architecture background with the idea of curating a shopping experience.” RSVP Gallery, 1753 N. Damen Ave.; 773-770-6666,

Kanye West × George Condo × M/M Paris silk scarf ($300), Common Projects slip-on canvas shoes ($395), A.P.C. New Standard jeans ($175; “an all-time classic,” says Abloh), and Tom Sachs’s Nutsy’s lighter ($12), at RSVP Gallery. “I’ve worked full-time alongside Kanye West in the creative category for seven years,” Abloh says. “No one works harder for better art, design, and taste levels on a pop-culture scale than he does.”

Common Projects Vintage BBall shoes ($483), at

Abloh was on the set as a creative consultant for “Runaway,” the 35-minute short-film-as-music-video (rife with references to visual culture, from performance art to Renaissance painting) made to coincide with the release of the single from West’s 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (Right) Pea coat with leather sleeves by Phillip Lim. The designer was tapped by West’s creative team to make costumes for his video “Runaway.”

“I never pack a suitcase without a Balmain hoodie. This look is a reminder that fashion is more about swag than anything else.”


Photography: (Abloh, accessories, RSVP) Anna Knott; (runway) courtesy of vendors; (“Runaway”) Def Jam Records; Styling: Nicole Stege



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