Michelle Elie Calls Out Virgil Abloh Over Copied Off-White FW19 Designs

by MR Magazine Staff

Today is the third day of Paris Fashion Week Men’s, making it the second day that Virgil Abloh has presented a collection for the masses. Yesterday, he debuted Off-White™’s Fall/Winter 2019 range, and today the scheduled presentation was his heavily anticipated second Louis Vuitton collection. Early this morning, designer Michelle Elie who is a well-known fixture in the global fashion community accused Abloh of copying her son’s previous FW18 designs. Alongside Elie’s copycat call-out are similar allegations coming from a fan of Kerby Jean-Raymond, the designer of Pyer Moss which won the winner of the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Michelle took to her Instagram and Instagram Stories to present her case. In two posts, she shared images of a yellow jacket and matching pants featuring graffiti which are designed by her son for ARISE Fashion Week in Nigeria last year. In another image, the coat is worn with a helmet. Abloh’s newly designed Off-White™ FW19 range was headlined by strikingly similar pieces in yellow with hand-drawn accents throughout. Other looks in the Paris Fashion Week Men’s collection also featured helmets. Read more at Hypebae.