Shannon Abloh Is Ready to Talk

“It was going to be the way he wanted it to be, or it was,” said Anne Pasternak, director of the Brooklyn Museum, who planned Mr. Abloh’s exhibition with him and later worked with Ms. Abloh afterwards. won’t happen at all. his death. But, Mr. Burke said, she was “not Yoko Ono.” Miss Haley just called her very “loyal”.

Miss Abloh has mostly left Off-White, led by Ibrahim Kamara. Although Mr. Abloh is perhaps most famous for his work in the fashion industry, he doesn’t really think of himself as a designer. (He calls himself a famous “producer.”) commercial icons like Coke or Ikea or artists like Takashi Murakami or even the Chicago skyline. That’s the crux of his art, and it’s what Miss Abloh sees as the essence of the Virgil Abloh Foundation.

“He didn’t want to be the only Black man in the room at the table,” she said. Not only does she want to build a future for “kids who don’t know they can become Vuitton architects and designers instead of basketball players or soccer players,” she says. , but also help make it a reality. So while he may be the first, he will never be the last. “That’s what the fund is going to focus on: 12 to 17 year olds, to give them the portfolio they need. I knew what he wanted and I felt as strongly as he did about it – even though I’m a white woman.

She talks regularly with a therapist who is also Mr. Abloh’s therapist and she says, “knows how he thinks,” and she’s building a house. The house her family lives in now “has good memories,” she said, “but it also has a lot of sad memories.”

In Mercer, Abloh is changing into a black Off-White gown for the CFDA gala dinner. She was later joined by Kim Kardashian, who also received the award, and designer Jerry Lorenzo, who worked with Mr. Abloh when they started out with Mr. West, hug her. She’ll be on the plane at 9 a.m. the next morning so she can stay home when her kids come home from school. She is looking forward to going to Miami.


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