Travis Scott, Skepta, and Yves Tumor to headline festival celebrating Virgil Abloh’s life

Travis Scott, Skepta, and Yves Tumor to headline festival celebrating Virgil Abloh’s life
Mirror Mirror, organized by Abloh’s former company, will be held December 3 in Miami.

By Raphael Helfand

November 22, 2022

From left: Travis Scott, photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images; Skepta, photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images; Yves Tumor, photo by Paul Kooiker.

 

Travis Scott, Skepta, and Yves Tumor will headline a new and newly announced festival called Mirror Mirror next month. The festival, organized by Virgil Abloh Securities — the company formerly owned by the, late, highly influential designer Virgil Abloh — is scheduled to take place next Saturday (December 3) at the FPL Amphitheater in Miami’s Bayfront Park. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at the event’s website at 10 a.m. EST, with all proceeds going toward the 2023 launch of the Virgil Abloh Foundation.

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In addition to Scott, Skepta, and Tumor, Mirror Mirror’s short but stacked lineup card also contains Pedro, Venus X, BAMBII, Rampa, Acyde, and BBC DJ Benji B, who curated the festival.

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Virgil Abloh sneakers sell for $25M at auction

Virgil Abloh sneakers sell for $25M at auction
200 pairs of Louis Vuitton and Nike Air Force 1 shoes were sold online by Sotheby’s this week.

By David Renshaw

February 10, 2022

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A collection of 200 pairs of Louis Vuitton and Nike Air Force 1 sneakers designed by Virgil Abloh has sold at auction for $25M. Sotheby’s confirmed the grand total of its online auction, which ran from January 26 to February 8 and saw just one pair of shoes sell for $350,000.

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The sales figures far outperformed the amount Sotheby’s expected the sneakers to sell for, with bidding on each pair starting at $2000. On average the sneakers sold for more than $100,000 per shoe with the cheapest making just over $75,000. The $350,000 pair were part of Louis Vuitton’s 2022 spring-summer men’s collection.

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Proceeds from the sale will help fund a scholarship created by Abloh prior to his death that supports aspiring designers of Black descent.

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Abloh passed away at the age of 41 last November following a private cancer diagnosis. An artist who succeeded in bringing streetwear to the highest echelons of fashion, he was considered a visionary for much of his career. In 2013, Abloh founded Off-White, the company that would solidify his growing prestige in the fashion world. His death was mourned by artists including Frank Ocean and Drake.

Frank Ocean and Drake lead tributes to Virgil Abloh

Frank Ocean and Drake lead tributes to Virgil Abloh
Kanye West, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, and more have all shared messages of condolence.

By David Renshaw

November 29, 2021

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Frank Ocean is among a raft of high profile stars reacting to the death of Virgil Abloh. The beloved designer passed away on Sunday after a private battle with cancer. He was 41.

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Ocean wrote about his relationship with Abloh, as well as touching on the loss of his younger brother in 2020, via a rare update on his @blonded Instagram account.

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“In 2018 I believe it was I called V and asked him how it was possible to play hundreds of shows a year and do numerous fashion collections a year and be a father and a husband and return EVERYONE’s texts with enthusiasm and emojis and encouragement and seemingly.. with ease,” Ocean wrote in a story post. “I cannot remember how he responded verbatim but I’m sure it was quotable whatever he said,” Ocean continued. “He was always quotable. But the gist of his response was that he was interested in living and living to the maximum extent of his level… which proved to be Impossible today because he was BEYOND.”

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Abloh’s influence across the worlds of fashion, music, and beyond was clear to see with messages coming from the likes of Westside Gunn, Donatella Versace, and French soccer player Kylian Mbappe. Drake said he would love Abloh “eternally” while Kanye West marked the loss during his November 28 Sunday Service performance, with the choir dedicating a cover of Adele’s “Easy On Me” to the late designer.

See below for a round-up of tributes.

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Virgil 💔

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 28, 2021

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I love u Bro 🌹 I wanna say so much but I cant right now, I recently showed u this painting I had Mariella paint of u as 1of the biggest inspirations ever in my life which is now priceless ppl think they know me but they really don’t this was my family right here @virgilabloh ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RE3PNpp8az

— WESTSIDEGUNN (@WESTSIDEGUNN) November 28, 2021

RIP VIRGIL ABLOH 🕊

No one will forget the impact you had. God bless you my friend.

— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) November 28, 2021

Rest in Power @virgilabloh … gone too soon but your legacy lives on. Stretched culture & the changed the game. Thank you for all you did to support so many & how you pushed us to reimagine what’s possible 🤍

— Riz Ahmed (@rizwanahmed) November 28, 2021

RIP Virgil Abloh , you will be missed.
It was an honor to work with you. A true creative genius.

— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) November 28, 2021

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Virgil Abloh dead at 41

Virgil Abloh dead at 41
The beloved designer passed away after a private battle with cancer.

By Jordan Darville

November 28, 2021

Virgil Abloh. Photo by Bogdan Plakov.

 

Virgil Abloh, the iconic streetwear designer behind Off-White, has died. He was 41. A statement from LVMH, the luxury conglomerate where Abloh worked as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton, revealed that Abloh had been “battling privately” with cancer “for several years,” and passed away on Sunday.

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LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Off White are devastated to announce the passing of Virgil Abloh, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years. pic.twitter.com/CytwZLvSFu

— LVMH (@LVMH) November 28, 2021

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An artist who succeeded in bringing streetwear to the highest echelons of fashion, Abloh was considered a visionary for much of his career. He first came to global prominence in 2010 when Kanye West, with whom Abloh interned at Fendi the year prior, made him creative director of his creative agency Donda. In 2011, his art direction for West and JAY-Z’s album Watch The Throne received a Grammy nomination. The following year, his line Pyrex Vision stirred acclaim, controversy, and undeniable influence with its $40 Polo shirts screen-printed and resold for $550.

In 2013, Abloh founded Off-White, the company that would solidify his growing prestige in the fashion world. Abloh was nominated for the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers in 2015, the only American nominated that year, and Off-White storefronts around the world soon followed. 2018 saw Abloh named as artistic director at Louis Vuitton. “I now have a platform to change the industry,” Abloh, the first African American to hold the role, told GQ at the time. “So I should.”

His career would be marked with dozens of collaborations with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Nike and Ikea, but Abloh never lost an intense enthusiasm for and engagement with the world of hip-hop. An avid DJ who played festivals around the world, Abloh would oversee the art direction for rap projects such as Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus, Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2, and A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.ASAP. He released his debut EP ORVNGE, a collaboration with Boys Noize, in 2018.

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“I’m always ­trying to prove to my 17-year-old self that I can do creative things I thought weren’t possible,” Abloh told W Magazine in a 2017 profile. “Everything I do references something that influenced me.”

This is a breaking news story. More information will be added to the post as it develops.

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Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis share “SHOES” featuring Virgil Abloh, announce new EP

Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis share “SHOES” featuring Virgil Abloh, announce new EP
Stream the powerful first single from the forthcoming HOUSE EP now.

By Sajae Elder

July 15, 2020

Lupe Fiasco teamed up with producer Kaelin Ellis to drop “SHOES,” the first track from the pair’s joint EP HOUSE. The powerful, bass-heavy track finds not only Lupe rapping from the perspective of an eager sneakerhead but designer Virgil Abloh describing the process of “hypothetically designing the shoes that Ahmaud Arbery was wearing when he was murdered,” according to a statement about the release.

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The project came together via Twitter, where Lupe Fiasco was tagged in a video of Ellis making music. After taking notice, Lupe ended up sharing his own video of himself freestyling over the production. Eventually, the pair connected and began creating what would ultimately become the forthcoming 5-song EP.

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HOUSE is set to drop on July 24.

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Dave – Location Lyrics

[Intro]
JAE5

[Chorus: Burna Boy]
If you send me the location
Then I’ll be right there
Let me come, come check you, my baby
No time, no
And my dawg is on probation
Another 5 years
Me bring girls to his location
No time, no

[Verse 1: Dave]
Send me the location
This year ’bout vacations
Flight catching, train taking
Soon as my nigga off probation
Your boyfriend’s on a waiting ting
Looking for one wish, on a Ray J ting
I pree’d that girl, outrageous ting
But she can’t see ’cause I got shades and ting
Bare girls wanna throw shade and ting
No shade, what shade is your foundation in?
Darkest grey, the shade I’m in
49 more if your babes wants in
I had me a famous ting
Goals and tings, gains and tings
My house party a babe station
Girls wanna chase, it’s a status ting

[Chorus: Burna Boy]
If you send me the location
Then I’ll be right there
Let me come, come check you, my baby
No time, no
And my dawg is on probation
Another 5 years
Me bring girls to his location
No time, no

[Verse 2: Dave]
Look, playboy, I don’t need a Carti
I’m captain, I lead the army
Bad ratio, I leave the party
Three Somalis creepin’ on me
Your ex wavy, we tsunami
Girl from India, sweet as naani
Head so good, now I speak Gujarati
You hardly, pardon me, I’m laughing again
I assisted, man, passed to my friend
Look, money like the alphabet
If you wanna see P’s, gotta pass on the ends
Came a long way from a park in the bends
To an ’18 plate, man’s parking a Benz
Far from the rest but I’m far from my best
Life is a lesson, I’m passing a test
Yes, everyting blessed
I don’t want drama and I don’t want stress
My girl got finessed, Caribbean flex
Body and chest, take buddy in chest
Thank God more, I grew up with less
Juss to the right, Rapz to the left
Rj in the middle, got Cee to the death
Batch full of dogs with the 60’s vets

[Chorus: Burna Boy]
If you send me the location
Then I’ll be right there
Let me come, come check you, my baby
No time, no
And my dawg is on probation
Another 5 years
Me bring girls to his location

[Refrain: Burna Boy]
Nigga I was down but I made it to the top right now
(Right now, right now, right now)
And I can pull a couple grand out my pocket right now
(Right now, right now, right now)
Yeah I’m so fly, yeah I’m flyer than a rocket right now
(Right now, right now, right now)
And all the games you play never stop right now
(Right now, right now, right now)

[Verse 3: Burna Boy]
I pull up on the block, I see everybody watching
‘Cause there’s diamonds on my chain
And there’s diamonds on my watch
Money moves, Off-White shoes
Came straight from Virgil Abloh
I’ve been down, I’ve been low
Had my mattress on the floor
No map, North Cap, bend it up
Gyal a ring-ring my cellular
Mi ‘ave big fat spliff pon me, nuh
Inna the big black Benz, pullin’ up
Please tell everybody to start pulling up
‘Nough champagne from the bar coming up
Party hard, make her live my life, oh

[Refrain: Burna Boy]
Nigga I was down but I made it to the top right now
(Right now, right now, right now)
And I can pull a couple grand out my pocket right now
(Right now, right now, right now)
Yeah I’m so fly, yeah I’m flyer than a rocket right now
(Right now, right now, right now)
And all the games you play never stop right now
(Right now, right now, right now)

[Chorus: Burna Boy]
If you send me the location
Then I’ll be right there
Let me come, come check you, my baby
No time, no
And my dawg is on probation
Another 5 years
Me bring girls to his location
No time, no

Lil Uzi Vert & The Weeknd Stars In “XO Tour Llif3″ Video



Lil Uzi Vert drop the long awaited video for his mega hit “XO Tour Llif3” starring The Weeknd.

Uzi has been having a great year and this song is perhaps his biggest hit to date. The rapper recorded the single while he was on tour with The Weeknd for the European leg of his “Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour.” The four-minute cut was produced by Off-White Films and directed by Virgil Abloh. The gory video gives fans a graphic glimpse what life is like behind the scenes while the Philly rapper was touring with the XO leader.

In one scene Lil Uzi Vert walks through the streets wearing a glittering shirt and vest while Arabic letters floats at the bottom of the screen. In another scene you can see dead bodies in a bathtub with blood everywhere. Pretty sure that didn’t happen on tour, but it compliments the gory theme. “XO Tour Llif3” is featured on Uzi’s debut album Luv Is Rage 2 released last month. The single has since been certified double-platinum and reached the top ten on Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album also debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart this week after selling 135,000 copies including streaming equivalent units in the first week.