The delayed announcement is not surprising as the role to fill Abloh’s position as not only an art director but a cultural giant is complex. Simply put, it is impossible to replace Abloh given that his tenure has transcended the fashion industry and cemented a legacy for himself in both the culture and in his profession. BOF notes that there is still many factors to consider before Louis Vuitton comes to its decision. It is currently uncertain if LVMH is planning on doing a full image overhaul with all its brands and how Louis Vuitton fits in with the overarching direction. With the appointment of Demna at Balenciaga, Jonathan Anderson at Loewe or Phoebe Philo at Celine, there is still much to consider in terms of what kind of candidates it hopes to seek. The next creative director should be able to find a balance between storytelling in the contemporary era and maintaining the heritage products of the brand.
It remains to be seen who will suceed Virgil Abloh as Louis Vuitton’s Menswear Creative Director.
In other fashion news, Harlem’s Fashion Row has partnered with LVMH to create a new Virgil Abloh award.