Belgian designer and member of the Antwerp Six, Walter Van Beirendonck, is calling out Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's wear collection, for what he sees as blatant imitation in the latter’s Louis Vuitton SS21 collection, Highsnobiety reported. According to Van Beirendonck, a variety of elements from Louis Vuitton’s SS21 menswear presentation were ripped off from his own designs.
Speaking to Belgian publication Knack Weekend, the designer decried Abloh’s runway show and practice of stealing designs. Alongside the Louis Vuitton SS21 clothing silhouettes and color palette, the Belgian designer pointed out Virgil’s “Zoooom With Friends” mascots stitched to various jackets and suits, noting the similarities between the tailoring debuted at Walter Van Beirendonck Fall/Winter 2016. This is not the first time Virgil Abloh has been accused of copying. The owners of @ diet_prada have repeatedly stated that his works are similar to some other designer models. Abloh, however, does not agree with these accusations.
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