Virgil Abloh appeared on W magazine’s 2017 May publication ready to talk about the recent controversy with Raf Simons when the latter called him “unoriginal.” Abloh spoke highly about Simons but remarked that “his critique shows the line in the sand about youth culture.”
Further elaborating, he told W that there’s a divide in the industry between those who do and those who don’t embrace streetwear. The older generation “doesn’t recognize streetwear’s pacesetters as peer designers.”
But Abloh wants to help the younger generation get to the top. He commented:
“I don’t come from where I’m supposed to come from. So I have to prove that this is design, that this is art, that this is valid. I’m always trying to prove to my 17-year-old self that I can do creative things I thought weren’t possible.”
He pointed to those like rapper A$AP Rocky, Luka Sabbat and stylist Ian Connor in recalling the “social media superinfluencers.”
“Those kids don’t realize the power they have. They could become more relevant than fashion brands. I say to them, ‘Kylie’s outfit is different because you exist.’”
He concluded: ”We’re all the children of Kanye’s trailblazing. This generation wouldn’t have the freedom to cross genres had it not been for his passion to find more than what was delivered to him.” Read the whole interview on W now.