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American designer and celebrity DJ Virgil Abloh is to take over menswear at Louis Vuitton, the brand said Monday, in a dramatic shake-up at the top of men's fashion. The appointment of rap star Kanye West's longtime friend and creative director to the world's biggest luxury label shows the massive impact street style is now having on fashion.Abloh is the second black man to head one of the big Paris fashion houses, with French designer Olivier Rousteing responsible for both Balmain's men and women's lines.Abloh takes over from British designer Kim Jones, who left to take over Dior Homme last week, and will stage his first Vuitton show during Paris men's fashion week in June, the label said.Abloh, who has an address book full of celebrity friends that goes from the Kardashian clan to the art world, is responsible for some of the most sought-after trainers of the moment.
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