One other awards present, one other misstep.
In the course of the In Memoriam tribute of the 2022 Grammys devoted to the artists misplaced prior to now yr, Louis Vuitton inventive director and Off-White CEO Virgil Abloh—who died of most cancers in 2021 at age 41—was labeled a “Hip Hop Style Designer.” Backlash from viewers shortly adopted on Twitter.
“Virgil Abloh was the rattling inventive director of Louis Vuitton menswear and based a full-on vogue home in Milan,” the Watching the Throne podcast posted. “I get them attempting to tie him to music indirectly to ‘clarify’ the inclusion to clueless individuals. However respect is extra essential than catering to a clueless particular person.”
Though Abloh did work with hip hop artists akin to Kanye West, critics of the “Hip Hop Style Designer” designation famous that it didn’t encapsulate his profession. Along with Louis Vuitton and Italian luxurious model Off-White, Abloh labored with Fendi and Nike, and created the Grammy-nominated packaging for Kanye’s 2012 Watch the Throne album.