Meet the Die-Hard Fans Who Didn’t Get a Ticket to the Louis Vuitton Show and Went Anyway
“I’m proud of a black man who’s the artistic director of Louis Vuitton.”
On June 21, Virgil Abloh debuted his first collection for Louis Vuitton menswear—a set of sublime utilitywear in white, fawn, and pastels; vests, loose trousers, and harnesses for the warrior prince of a peaceful kingdom—and marked the ascension of streetwear into the upper ranks of luxury fashion. Streetwear is, of course, a dominant force thanks to the fandom it inspires, and it was clear that this show would be closely watched by two audiences: those in the assigned seats at the garden of the Palais-Royal in Paris, and those scrolling through photos or watching videos online—in some cases, doing so right outside the venue.
GARAGE interviewed the hardcore fans who made the journey to the Palais-Royal despite not having a ticket. They hoped to get in—“How long would I stay in the line? Two weeks, maybe three!” claims a man in an Off-White t-shirt—but were also there to show their support for a designer they see as an inspiration. “He didn’t go to a prestige fashion school, so there’s really hope,” says one young man. “If you really work hard and be creative, now, you can be like him.”
Watch the video below.