10 MEN AUSTRALIA: ISSUE 19
The exact ratio needed to twist a normative object into something special.” So read the first entry on the Louis Vuitton menswear show notes in 2019… This was from ‘The vocabulary according to Virgil Abloh’- a liberal definition of terms and explanation of ideas. This was his debut collection for the house. So it went for the next few years, a democratic A-Z of funny observations and 3% methodology. He was the man. He brought so much to life, he enabled and he allowed so many good people, projects and creativity to flourish. His 3% was also three years at Louis Vuitton. Not long enough in the scheme of life. But three years was the exact ratio to twist the storied LV - and our minds and wardrobes. Virgil gave people opportunities and those who were lucky enough to work with him or knew him all have so many good stories about how inspiring he was. In this issue, dedicated to healing, Anders Christian Madsen shares his own very personal journey, writer, friend and confidante, together they worked closely for many years. Virgil was the ultimate collaborator. In your honour, an extra vocabulary entry:
We all need to do it now you are gone. Find a space and gaze out to somewhere. Then get back to work.
What is it without you? Like to think it is still 3% in your memory but maybe it’s 2.99%, like a waning moon, a tiny indecipherable sliver is missing.
Weighty is this word especially when it’s thrown off kilter by your sudden loss. Somehow though, the left and the right will equalise and we will follow your lead and pursue equality, open doors for others and try to give as much as you did with your generosity of spirit. We will play it loud and softly and sing through the chaos in our hearts.
Issue 19, HEALING BALANCE FUTURE, is out this week.
Above, Jarvis wears Gucci photographed by Bart Celestino and styled by Sarah Starkey.