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Virgil Abloh Eulogies Pour in From Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Drake, and More

Titans of music, fashion, and their various intersections pay tribute to trailblazing Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton creative director, Virgil Abloh.

Not even 24 hours after the world learned of his passing, the tributes to Virgil Abloh are flooding feeds. And their arriving from all corners of the intertwined worlds of music, luxury, and fashion.

Peers like Kanye West, Drake, and Frank Ocean eulogized the late designer on social media and in performances. On Sunday, no more than a few hours after Abloh’s death was announced, West dedicated his long-running Sunday Service recital to Abloh, who created the artwork for several of the rapper’s projects and served as an understudy of his at YEEZY. Abloh was commemorated by The Certified Lover Boy rapper on Instagram (see below.) “My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you,” Drake wrote. Ocean, on the other hand, offered a lengthier memory of Abloh in an Instagram story. “My family was proud of you like you were our family,” Ocean said, after recalling how the designer outfitted his late brother for prom with items from a new Louis Vuitton collection and played willing soundboard to Ocean’s music and design demos over the years.

Pharrell Williams saluted Abloh with a few words and a photo of the late designer. “Virgil you were a kind, generous, thoughtful creative genius. Your work as a human and your work as a spiritual being will live forever,” the producer wrote on Instagram. Tyler, The Creator chimed in with his own recollection of Abloh’s influence on his career, recounting how he’d begun to use his own African last name more because of “how regal Virgil’s felt.”

Tributes to Abloh are scheduled throughout the week, commencing with Louis Vuitton’s showcase of Abloh’s latest collection tomorrow in Miami. The runway show will be dedicated to the late designer who helped bring the luxury house into a new era during his tenure as their artistic director.

Read through some of the tributes to Virgil Abloh below.

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Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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