Virgil Abloh wants to design a space-ship, make next collection about Michael Jackson
For his next trick, Virgil Abloh is designing a collection based on Michael Jackson.
The artistic director of Louis Vuitton revealed as much in the latest issue of Interview, in which he also discusses why he got into fashion—"I wanted to offer a new vibe"—and talks with Young Thug about their similarly unrelenting work schedules. (Young Thug says he's recorded about 15,000 songs in his career and sleeps in the studio, which sounds kinda rough, tbh.)
But Abloh's Michael Jackson comment is probably the most telling for fashion fans. Here's the quote in its entirety (emphasis mine):
I can’t work in my studio without music. I don’t like silence. I’m listening to John Coltrane. I’m listening to Miles Davis. But I’m also listening to whatever new rap is coming out that week. I have teams in Milan, Italy, London, and America, so as long as I have a fully charged iPhone, I feel like I can change the world. I’m talking on that phone, but I’m also constantly listening to music. My next Louis Vuitton collection is going to be based on Michael Jackson, and when I have Michael singing in the background, it’s a different type of shirt, it’s a different kind of boot, it’s a different fit of pants. Music is key.
What does this mean, exactly? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, consider another Virgil Abloh quote from the same interview, which brings me an enormous amount of joy:
I want to design a spaceship.
I want to see that.