UPDATE: A highlight reel has been uploaded by Louis Vuitton on the star-studded runway event. Watch above.
On Thursday, a few select elite got to witness first hand Virgil Abloh‘s highly-anticipated runway debut for French luxury label Louis Vuitton. As the Abloh-helmed show came to an end, it was met with a standing ovation, celebrating the 37-year-old’s journey in becoming the label’s first black artistic director from his humble beginnings interning for Fendi.
Sitting front row was longtime friend and collaborator Kanye West alongside Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott. As West’s track “Ghost Town” off of his album ye closed the show, Abloh took to the runway and shared an emotional hug with West, with both men clearly moved by Abloh’s accomplishments.
Virgil Abloh was crowned Louis Vuitton’s new menswear designer back in March. Abloh is widely known for his label Off-White™ and his numerous collaborations with West. Virgil Abloh’s debut show included the likes of Kid Cudi, Theophilus London, Steve Lacy, Dev Hynes, Playboi Carti, A$AP Nast, Lucien Clarke and Blondey McCoy who all walked the runway.
Watch the emotional embrace in the videos below and be sure to take a backstage look Virgil Abloh’s landmark Louis Vuitton debut.
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) June 21, 2018
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
— luka fallback sabbat (@whoisluka) June 21, 2018
— TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) June 21, 2018