Pari Dukovic Shoots Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton Debut
Virgil Abloh’s legacy precedes him. The founder of fashion brand Off-White, is known for blending the lines between streetwear and luxury. The creative started his career supporting some of Kanye’s endeavors before venturing off on his own, experimenting with brands like Pyrex and finally finding firm footing that has reshaped how the world separates different aspects of the industry. In his latest project with GQ Style, photographer Pari Dukovic shadowed fashion’s brightest star, designer and creative director Virgil Abloh, through his most recent runway debut for Louis Vuitton.
With this unique portfolio for GQ, Pari had the opportunity to join Virgil on his tour of Men’s Fashion Week. He traveled to Paris to shoot the designer as he opened his first show as the men’s artistic director for Louis Vuitton in June of 2018. Pari photographed that intimate moment between Virgil and the man with whom he launched his career, Kanye West. The image of the creative director embracing his mentor isn’t the only moment the photographer was able to capture. Pari documented the runway show in its vibrant entirety, from the designer bags sitting idly backstage to the models walking the looks down the runway. Pari was also invited to the after party, where Virgil quickly switched hats and jumped onto the turntables to DJ.
The designer’s signature style has influenced more than just fashion. His academic background is in both architecture and engineering, which he regularly references in his work. Virgil is credited with fundamentally changing the way the world views creative directors, expanding his craft to include his roles as DJ, architect, author, and entrepreneur. GQ opened their article, which detailed different accounts and perspectives of Virgil’s success, with a welcome for readers to the “Abloh Era." Pari captures those moments that document his most exciting journey – so far.