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From the front row of the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2023 men’s show in Paris, Kendrick Lamar paid tribute to a fashion icon, forward-thinking designer and close friend. In honor of Virgil Abloh, the label’s former artistic director who died in 2021 from cancer, Lamar paid a tribute during the fashion show. The musician sang tracks from his latest album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” including “N95” and “Savior.” As Lamar finished his track “Count Me Out”, he repeated the words “long live Virgil” into the microphone, repeating Abloh’s name over and over as the music faded into the background.
A longtime supporter of Abloh and his work, Lamar has honored the designer in many ways since his passing. Most recently, he dressed in LV by Abloh at the Super Bowl halftime show, wearing pieces that represented “the themes and messages from the eight-season arc that Virgil Abloh created for Louis Vuitton. “. At Thursday’s Spring/Summer show, he wore a full gray suit and matching crown of thorns on his head, sitting next to his manager, Dave Free, and celebrities like Naomi Campbell.
Abloh’s death shook the fashion and hip-hop industries to the core, having had such an impact on street style and daring to blur the lines between high fashion and streetwear. Those who knew him remember him fondly and know that his legacy on the culture, as well as the people around him, will be lasting. See more of Lamar’s performance at the 11-minute mark below.