Virgil Abloh is working with Australian stylist and Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera for his debut Louis Vuitton men’s collection.
According to Centenera’s sole agent Ben Hams, Centenera was brought on to consult the Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director on the development of his spring collection and will style the show. Centenera has been reportedly flying back and forth between her New York home and Paris since April. Hams added that Centenera flew into Paris Friday for final show preparations.
According to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report, In December, Abloh appeared at the British Fashion Awards wearing a suit by Wardrobe NYC, the new direct-to-consumer men’s and women’s fashion line launched that month by Centenera and her life and business partner, fashion designer Josh Goot.
According to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report, The Louis Vuitton show will be Abloh’s second spring 2019 men’s wear collection in as many days in Paris to be styled by a New York-based Australian stylist. His Off-White show on June 20 will be styled by longtime collaborator Stevie Dance, who has worked on its men’s and women’s shows since the brand’s inception, according to Dance’s office in New York. In an interview in December 2016 Abloh told i-D that Dance “is sort of my partner in crime when it comes to the concept of Off-White and the styling”.
Centenera has worked with Vogue’s Austrailia since 2012. She also has a freelance styling business on the side. Her previous clients have included Estée Lauder, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West. She met Abloh as the two were in West’s camp at the same time. Centenera has consulted West on all of his runway collections since his first show in 2011. At the time she was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Abloh was the creative director of West’s creative agency, Donda.