The sudden passing of Virgil Abloh has left a gaping hole in every dreamer's heart.
If I had the ability to ask every person who knew him or knew of him, they would tell me that he was an inspiration.
Virgil created this amazing space for creatives all over to express themselves and become driving forces in both the music and fashion industries.
He was someone who took risks, did his life passionately and left a mark on everything and everyone he came into contact with.
Bella Hadid wrote on her Instagram "I am at a loss... He was someone to everyone. That was the magic power he held. He made every person he came across feel special in whatever way he possibly could. Even when the world felt sad, he brought laughter and colour and beauty. The way he made a positive impact on anything he touched, and always pushed for his culture/the world is the reason why he was an angel on earth and one to so many. The most beautiful warrior soul. I can’t believe this.
You broke boundaries and made everything your own. You shared your love infinitely. The way your brain worked was beyond anything, and the way you did every single thing in life for your family, friends, and for the better ... We’re gonna miss you a lot V . You really saw me and supported me on every level. As you did to so many of us. An ethereal light. You always inspired to keep pushing, work hard and be kind. No matter what. I’m thinking about, sending love and prayers to his beautiful Shannon, their kids, and the rest of the Abloh family. I’m devastated. You will be so missed and cherished V. “FOR INFINITY..” Fly high my Libra brother. I know you’re watching over the world now. I love you for life."
She was not the only celebrity that paid tribute to the DJ and designer.
Kanye West dedicated his latest Sunday Service to Abloh. West shared a livestream of the choir’s
moving performance of Adele’s “Easy On Me”, followed by a message that read, “In loving memory of Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Donda”.
Many other celebs like Frank Ocean, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Kris Jenner, Donatella Versace and so much more made posts and tributes to the pioneering designer, Off-White founder, and Louis Vuitton artistic director.
On Nov 30th, Louis Vuitton released Abloh's final collection called ‘Virgil Was Here’.
Amongst all the inspiration he gave to all these big names and brands, he first and foremost was a guiding light to everyone who had a dream, everyone who wanted to break stereotypes and everyone who loved doing what they do.
He believed that diversity was more than just some publicity stunt, that it was and is a true depiction of our reality which is exactly what we are hoping to achieve with everything we do with Ego Expo.
By making his own dreams and aspirations a reality, he filled the world with opportunities for others to do the same.
In the words of Virgil Abloh, "what is the point of design and art if you're not creating and thinking freely? It's the duty of artists to dream out loud in a productive way. For me, it's depressing if an industry based on creativity just makes decisions on a practical basis".
To Virgil, thank you for understanding the value of risk, for making it possible for people of colour to be heard in industries that spent years ignoring them and for playing by your own rules.