Virgil Abloh pays tribute to his Ghanaian roots in Paris Fall/Winter for Louis Vuitton

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Ghanaian-American Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton menswear collection, Virgil Abloh is appreciating his heritage in the F/W21 collection.

Debuted at the Paris Fashion Week, “E B O N I C S” took place at the Tennis Club de Paris against a modernist set and broadcasted on social media as the world continues to lockdown amidst the pandemic.

Abloh who was born to Ghanaian immigrant parents in the U.S employs fashion as a tool to change predetermined perceptions of dress codes.

“usually i have run-on-sentences for days but today i don’t. my whole being has been poured out into this film here,” Abloh said about the film that accompanied the collection on Instagram. “it’s not just fashion or films we make, it’s space for new stories and artworks to be placed”

The collection was a performance expressed in poetry, dance and music that saw two looks in the #LVMenFW21 pay glowing homage to his Ghanaian roots as models walked the runway draped in the traditionally woven Kente fabric.

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Abloh who has been under attack for what critics describe as ‘appropriation’ used the question address issues around the topic as well as race and representation in the fashion industry.

The show also saw the return of Ghanaian model, Ottawa Kwami who made history two years ago as the first Ghanaian to walk for the French Maison and a personal friend of the designer.

Shot of Ottawa Kwami on the runway
Ottawa Kwami walks for Louis Vuitton for P/FW21

Watch the full show below

a film by Virgil Abloh and ‘Moved by the Motion’
Starring @yasiinbey@saulwilliams@malikee and @kai_isaiah_jamal

film directed by @wu_tsang
show creative director and performance choreography by @sadfornoreason

movement direction by @boychild

dramaturgy and scenography by @kandis_williams
‘Moved by the Motion’ managed by Nadja Rangel at Outofocus Management

story adapted by Sophia Al Maria

original film score by @_asmara
Music direction and production by @_asmara and @benjib
LV men’s music and sound direction by @benjib
Harp Ahya Simone
Saxophone & Flute Tapiwa Svosve
Cello & Piano Patrick Belaga
Drums Mathieu Edward

styling by @ibkamara
casting by @samuel_ellis@pg_dmcasting

art direction and research leads @mahfuzsultan and @chloe.actually
set design & story adaptation by @playlabinc
graphic design by @studiotemp
visual direction by @linakutsovskaya and @beg00dstudios

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