Virgil Abloh Accused of Stealing Other Designers’ Work (Again)

Charges of borrowing, stealing, or downright plagiarizing have dogged Virgil Abloh throughout his meteoric rise, and yet more allegations emerged this week following his recent Off-White™ and Louis Vuitton shows in Paris.

As reported by Hypebae, “designer Michelle Elie… accused Abloh of copying her son’s previous FW18 designs” in his FW19 Off-White™ collection, while “similar allegations” came from Kerby Jean-Raymond, winner of the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and designer of Pyer Moss, in regards to a FW19 Louis Vuitton look.

(Of course, @diet_prada helped blow this one up, because they really do the lord’s work.)

“In two posts, [Elie] shared images of a yellow jacket and matching pants featuring graffiti which are designed by her son for ARISE Fashion Week in Nigeria last year. In another image, the coat is worn with a helmet,” Hypebae wrote. Abloh’s new Off-White™ collection, the story noted, was “headlined by strikingly similar” yellow pieces, outfitted with hand-drawn accents throughout. Also present in both collections were football helmets, which is probably a little too weird and specific to be a total coincidence.

Then, during Abloh’s Louis Vuitton show, there was a model styled in an almost-identical manner to the way Jean-Raymond had styled one of his models during his FW18 Ready-to-Wear show, complete with an oversized, American flag-inspired scarf.

And while that one might be a little less obvious, Jean-Raymond wasn’t too pleased, and said (in a now-deleted Twitter post), “I learned 6x ago that no one in the press is going to call him out about it. When you advertise in these mags, you’re a God. He has the bigger platform, I can get mad all I want in the end he has millions more following that believe he did it first.”

Abloh has yet to comment.

You can read more about it at Hypebae.

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  • S.O. Crane

    He virtually admits to it when asked.