Influence - the power to impact another one’s character, development or behavior.
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In a society saturated with influencers, there are a handful that have impacted my creative process. Influencers persevere through obstacles and through their purpose, create opportunities to monetize their expertise. One of my favorite unconventional influencers is Virgil Abloh. Once creative director for Kanye West, he studied architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and is the founder of the Milan-based fashion label, Off-White. Virgil’s approach to design feels very organic and he never makes excuses for how he goes about branding his legacy. He breathes life into fashion through his introduction of street style on the runway. Zach Baron at GQ wrote an article on Virgil that captures some of his big fashion moments.
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Virgil's brand defines the gray area between perception and reality, an unknown territory he exploits to inspire his audience. His influence has become more profound and artistic as the prevalence of his designs continue to flood social media. When he talks about designing each collection, he talks about the idolization of clothing and breaks down his approach. In his most recent collaboration with Nike, he remixed 10 iconic shoes calling it “The Ten” through reverse engineering and introduces a new understanding of parentheses.
"Don't get hung up on how the final product should look, focus on the process and you will create something beautiful." -Virgil Abloh
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Virgil is constantly redesigning the traditional wheel of fashion which influences our perception of what's relevant today. He believes clothes are meant to be more than just fabric we wear everyday and the current generation agrees to the reinvention of street style.