At the end of the show held in Jardin du Palais-Royal, Virgil walked the runway and walked to his mentor Kanye West who was, of course, seated in the front row. The two shared an emotional hug that both brought them in tears. Two men who happen to be at powerhouses in design couldn’t believe it. “We’ve made it,” they both probably thought.
One tweeted about the powerful moment too, not just the hug but the show in its entirety.
I cried today
What Virgil did today for the culture and as a black creative is so
monumental on every level
Anything is possible
Even if all the odds are against you
This was a win for everyone
Congratulations to a pioneer & an icon
Thank you for everything@virgilabloh
The show wasn’t just attended by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Naomi Campbell, A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Dr. Vicki Belo, Hayden Kho, and more, but also by 700 design students invited by Virgil himself. This signals his commitment to open the world of luxury to a new generation.
All the tears were worth it, Virgil. You are a pioneer and we can’t wait to see what else you’ll be doing as LV’s creative director.