Kanye West Sets Things Straight on Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Appointment

“When you walked into the room, I had been dealing with a very heavy concept this week that I couldn’t get out of my head.”

– Kanye West

In a recent piece published by The Hollywood Reporter, Kanye West and his interior designer, the renowned Axel Vervoordt, have a very candid conversation about philosophy, design, time and of course, fashion.

It was close to a decade ago when West discovered Virgil DJ-ing at a club in chicago under the alias Flat White. It was here when Virgil Abloh was officially propelled into the mainstream after he was affiliated with Kanye serving as his “creative director” or “style advisor”. Abloh and West were seen attending fashion shows together, DJ-ing in clubs and even running a game of basketball – and the rest is history. In this interview, West admits his true feelings about Abloh’s appointment at Louis Vuitton and sets the record on his actual affiliation with him:

WEST: …”I had been dealing with a very heavy concept this week that I couldn’t get out of my head. Just the way you’re expressing yourself has lifted the burden on me.

VERVOORDT: Something bad happened?

WEST: It’s not bad or good, it’s my creative collaborator being the head of Louis Vuitton. (Laughs.)

VERVOORDT: Whoa, whoa.

WEST: Because [Abloh and I] have been fighting to make apparel at a certain price that still has the same credibility and desirability as something at a higher price. … But when they say he was my creative director, that’s incorrect. He was a creative collaborator.

Vervoordt, named to Architectural Digest’s inaugural AD100 Hall of Fame last year, is known for his neutral, earthy colour palette and talent for mixing genres and time periods. Not only is he the go-to designer for West and Kardashian, he also designs for The Police’s Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler.

The interior of Calvin Klein’s Miami beach house designed by Axel Vervoordt.
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