Kim Kardashian and Kanye West put on an united front alongside daughter North West for longtime friend and late designer Virgil Abloh at a posthumous presentation for Louis Vuitton
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Virgil Abloh: Louis Vuitton star dies of cancer at 41
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West put their current marital woes to one side to reunite to celebrate the life of their longtime friend and late designer Virgil Abloh, alongside their daughter North, eight.
The 41-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star sat on the front row with her estranged rapper husband for the posthumous presentation of Virgil’s Spring/Summer 2022 Louis Vuitton menswear in Miami on Tuesday evening.
Kim shared photos from the event on her Instagram Story, which included a sand sculpture of Abloh and a huge, red Louis Vuitton-branded hot air balloon.
It is the first time that Kim and Kanye have been seen together since the reality star reportedly started dating Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reunite alongside daughter North (
Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Stylist Virgil Abloh in 2019 (
Kim filed for divorce from Kanye in February and they have been co-parenting their four children since then.
Abloh, who was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and founder of Off-White, died at the weekend after a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer. He was 41 years old.
Louis Vuitton announced that Abloh’s final menswear collection would “pay tribute to the life and legacy of a creative genius.”
In a statement posted to Abloh’s Instagram, his family said: “Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design.”
They went on to add that despite undergoing “numerous challenging treatments”, he continued his work in fashion and art, with the family adding: “Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered.”
Kanye West and Virgil Abloh (
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Kanye West and Virgil Abloh started collaborating after meeting in 2009 (
Abloh and Kanye met in 2009 when he got an internship at Fendi and began collaborating with the rapper.
The designer later became the creative director for Kanye’s creative agency Donda, before he launched Pyrex Vision in 2012, which was his first brand.
In 2014 he founded streetwear label, Off-White, before being named the first Black artistic director for Louis Vuitton menswear in 2018.
Abloh remained close to Kanye and Kim and after his passing, she shared an emotional tribute on Instagram to the designer.
Kim wrote: “God doesn’t make mistakes. I know that but I still can’t help but ask why. Why Virgil?! Why him so soon? it’s simply hard to understand why. I have a hard time understanding why so many pure souls were taken away so early.”
She continued: “Virgil- you were always so gentle, kind and calm. You somehow made time for everyone. We also talked about your superpower of calmness often.
“You always gave so much of yourself to the world because you wanted it to be doper. This one is hard to process. I can’t even believe I am writing this… We will miss you so much Virgil and love you so much.”
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