Meet the designer and architect Virgil Abloh

Written by By Amber Lowin, for CNN

Virgil Abloh is a maverick. He gives shows that defy categorization and venerates the work of Hedi Slimane, his colleague at Louis Vuitton, the other shoe designer-cum-museum artist/designer, often wearing a tee that denounces the fashion industry.

At Milan Fashion Week (MFW) this season, he invited streetwear label Off-White to present its latest collection for an experimental solo show that would include a set featuring model’s legs in gears, a triptych that houses six separate “pocket” dresses and a static model in a ramshackle burgundy room.

For runway impresario, aka architect, Nike designer, Adidas CEO, the man who showed an all-sport Prada collection in 2013 — he was the man who “declared” Rihanna as an ambassador for Adidas. To that end, where’s her adidas shoe collection? It’s up to you.

Now, for the first time, Abloh is releasing a book in which he breaks down his work, including his trademark menswear.

Take a look at his approach to fashion:

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